With the metro-rural split in the Minnesota Legislature, agricultural lobbyist Bruce Kleven believes agriculture will be playing defense in the 2024 legislative session. “A lot of things got done in the ag world this year with the increase in the ag homestead tax credit, the beginning farmer tax credit and some increases in funding,” said Kleven. “We took care of some bad bills thanks to (Senate) Ag Chair (Aric) Putnam from St. Cloud. He stopped a lot of the junk from the House. As we look into ’24, there’s not a lot of asks that the ag groups are bringing, we’ll be looking at playing defense, especially on the environmental front.” Kleven was part of the Minnesota Wheat meeting in Grand Forks and the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association annual meeting in Alexandria this past week.
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