ST PAUL, Minn. – Senator Nick Frentz (DFL-North Mankato) is the chief author of legislation to reduce farm accidents through establishing a farm safety grant program. The legislation, called Landon’s Law, is named after 18-year old Landon Gran of St. Peter, Minnesota who died in a grain bin last August.
The Frentz bill provides funding to allow farmers to apply for grants to help pay for grain storage safety equipment such as automatic shutoffs, safety enhancements to augers or other grain bin safety equipment.
“This is an important piece of legislation that seeks to substantially reduce preventable farm accidents, injuries and deaths in Minnesota, and provides funding for farm safety education programs,” Sen. Frentz said. “Ten people have been killed in grain bin related accidents in Minnesota since 2017 – that’s ten people too many. This bill provides an opportunity to do something tangible to help make our family farms safer.”
The bill was heard in the Senate Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Policy Committee today. Testifiers included Landon’s mother, Michele, and other families who have dealt with accidents and deaths on their farms. The bill passed out of committee and was referred to Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Finance Committee. Sen. Frentz is hopeful the bill will be on the floor of the Senate in early March.