Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen delivered a report on the grain indemnity fund during a House Agriculture Committee hearing. “We’ve continued to have failures (and) the thing that stood out to me was our Attorney General’s office comment that Minnesota has one of the worst protections for farmers in the Upper Midwest.” This issue was prompted by the closure of grain elevators, such as Karlstad, Ashby and Porter. State Representative Rick Hanson questioned a perceived bailout for farmers. “I don’t want only three grain buyers, so there has to be diversity, but there’s an entitlement that the taxpayers are picking up.”
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