The Minnesota Agriculture Department’s budget proposal has a three-percent increase from the previous biennium. With the additional funds, Minnesota Ag Commissioner Thom Petersen says the department wants to build on two areas, starting with a $4 million investment in E15 infrastructure. “We know by moving to E15 about 15 percent of the pumps can handle it, but we would like to get that much higher.” MDA also wants to boost the value-added grant program for local meat processing. “There were 10 to 15 transfers or new processors in the last year and there are more in the queue.” Conservation efforts, trade and farmer stress efforts are also included the budget proposal. On Wednesday, Petersen will present to the Senate Agriculture Committee. Read the proposal.
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