Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed the state omnibus agriculture policy bill into law. Included in the bill are improvements to the Minnesota Agriculture Department’s Ag Marketing Program and more. “Some of the important things were extending the Farmer-Lender Mediation Program another five years; the program was due to sunset next year,” said Thom Petersen, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner. “We have almost 1,000 farmers with mediation notices across the state. It’s a program that works in many cases.” Then, a working group made up of state lawmakers continue to negotiate the details of the omnibus ag finance bill. “We’re working with $10 million in new money to target into agriculture across the state. There’s a lot of different pieces and it’s a matter of coming together for the budget to fund the agency another two years.”
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