The Minnesota Senate has reformulated its committees. For agriculture, the finance and policy committees have merge. Chairman Torrey Westrom says the change was made to accommodate for social distancing. “Sometimes there was some redundancy because a bill might have finance and policy in it and it would go to two different committees made up of mostly the same members so this is more efficient.” With the state’s budget deficit, all spending will be scrutinized. Westrom says it will be important to focus on agriculture’s priorities including “new development of market opportunities for farmers and rural broadband.”
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