The Minnesota House Agriculture Committee has approved a bill dedicating $5 million in fiscal years 2022 and 2023 from the Clean Water Fund to the Forever Green Initiative. This grant program has been in place for 20 years, but it has seen more dollars in recent years from Legacy Funds. University of Minnesota agronomy professor Don Wyse highlighted one of the recent success stories. “We’ve been able to domesticate pennycress as a new oilseed crop for the state of Minnesota; a winter annual that fit between the corn and soybean systems to fill the ground in the fall.” Four legislators abstained from the vote, saying there wasn’t enough discussion to move forward.
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