Drought relief has dominated the discussion for agriculture at the Minnesota State Legislature, but there are other issues. Agricultural lobbyist Bruce Kleven says that includes a grain indemnity fund proposal. “What the governor is suggesting is $5 million in a grain indemnity fund that is kind of the seed money and then there would be an assessment of each bushel of grain sold until that fund reaches $15 million and then it would blink off; the devil is going to be in the details.” A proposal to increase the state ethanol mandate from ten percent to 15 percent is gaining traction. “It has a pretty good shot this year,” said Kleven. “The petroleum retailers are concerned about having the right infrastructure for that and that’s probably the discussion point that is being worked out right now.”
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