Despite a $325 million surplus, the Agriculture, Rural Development and Housing Finance Committee was not given any additional resources to fund important initiatives in rural Minnesota and housing projects across the state. Instead, the committee was forced to make cuts within agriculture to make important investments in programs like mental health services for farmers and farm related businesses.
The most significant policy change within the proposal would limit the Department of Agriculture’s ability to implement a rule regulating the application of nitrate fertilizers. While the rule is concerning for some in the agriculture industry, Governor Dayton appears to be steadfast in his support for the rule. As a result, any bill with this provision in it risks being vetoed. (S.F. 2893)