With about a month left to go before the 2017 Legislative Session wraps up – we have a lot of work to do.
Minnesota farmers now have an easier way to get tractor safety equipment thanks to a new program that will improve farm safety. The ROPS Rebate Program administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), reimburses farmers and schools at least 70 percent of the cost of purchasing, shipping, and installing a rollover protection kit—a roll bar and seatbelt—limiting applicants’ cost per tractor to no more than $500. It also provides help to farmers with identifying and pricing the appropriate rollover kits for their tractors.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Association of Agriculture Educators (MAAE) honored Sen. Dan Sparks (DFL-Austin) with two awards recently for his successful efforts during the last legislative session to secure $13 million for agriculture research and education. Sparks, who chairs the Senate Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, was given the MAAE Bell Ringer […] Read more
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Starting Wednesday, dozens of laws passed during the 2015 Legislative Session will go into effect. Here is a brief rundown of some of the more high profile laws taking effect this week. AGRICULTURE July 1 marks the beginning of the state’s grant program dedicated to funding agricultural research, education, rapid response, […] Read more
ST. PAUL, Minn – Disaster relief loans are being made available to Minnesota poultry farmers who have suffered losses due to the highly pathogenic avian influenza. The zero percent interest loans are being offered through the Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA) who recently received $10 million from the state legislature to help out during this […] Read more
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