The Minnesota Omnibus Agriculture Finance and Policy bill is heading back to the House and Senate for full approval. The conference committee approved the legislation Saturday. Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Aric Putnam praised the collaboration between the two chambers. Putnum said politicians can learn from farmers. “When you focus on solving problems and not on defending your ego, when you focus on doing your job and not on posing as a partisan or for a podcast, you actually can get good stuff done.” In recapping the bill, House Agriculture Committee Chair Samantha Vang cited a one-time $10 million investment in a grain indemnity fund to protect farmers when an elevator fails. “I’m also excited to see that we’re making historic investments in emerging farmers than I have ever seen before my time here all committee.” The omnibus agriculture bill includes $4 million in the upcoming biennium and $4 million in 2026-2027 for urban youth and agriculture; there’s $4 million for the Dairy Assistance, Investment Relief Initiative and $1.2 million over the next two years to expand the emerging farmers office.
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