Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Aric Putnam’s Omnibus Policy Bill to Bolster Minnesota’s Agriculture Industry Passes with Overwhelming Bipartisan Support 

SAINT PAUL, Minn.– On Thursday, the Senate passed the omnibus agriculture, broadband, and rural development omnibus policy bill (SF 4225) authored by Senator Aric Putnam (DFL-St. Cloud) with bipartisan support. 

“Today, we passed a great bill that reflects the tremendous bipartisan work we do in the committee,” said Senator Putnam. “This straightforward bill moves forward some of the significant work we accomplished in agriculture last year. It includes recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture that will help them help farmers and a number of new initiatives to create new opportunities for our Agriculture economy.  We amended the historic grain indemnity fund to make it work better for small grain elevators, and we created a portal to report violations of Minnesota’s nation-leading laws that restrict corporate ownership of agricultural land.  And we made some changes to make things easier for cottage food creators and farmer’s markets.  This bipartisan bill was passed unanimously out of committee and won 58 of 67 votes on the Senate Floor. The Minnesota Senate is doing what we need to do to ensure our Minnesota farms continue to thrive.”

The omnibus bill passed on the floor with 58 “yes” votes and nine “no” votes. The bill will next be considered on the floor of the Minnesota House. 

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Aric Putnam represents Senate District 14, which covers the communities of St. Cloud, Waite Park, St. Augusta, Haven, and Minden Townships.

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