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Why Investment in Agriculture Research & Education is Critical

For 40 years, Minnesota’s primary agriculture research at educational institutions as well as extension services has been funded through a legislative appropriation known as the ‘Agriculture Special. The numbers have been slowly dwindling for the past 14 years to the detriment of Ag research in the state. This decline in funding has meant quality research […] Read more

State Budget Surplus Good For All Minnesotans

ST. PAUL, Minn – According to the Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) Office, Minnesota’s budget is in even better condition than originally forecasted. State economists announced the state budget has a $1.86 billion surplus, up from a surplus of $1.037 in November. This increase is due in part to a stronger Minnesota economy, low unemployment […] Read more