Senate Majority Leader Dziedzic Says Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Final Bipartisan Agriculture, Broadband and Rural Development Bill 

Senate Agriculture Chair Aric Putnam’s Bill to Bolster State’s Farm Economy, Includes $100 Million to Expand reliable Broadband Service Across Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic (DFL-Minneapolis) said today the Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan agriculture budget bill that invests in Minnesota farmers, dairy producers, and food processors and will help create jobs and economic vitality in communities across the state.

Senator Rob Kupec’s Grain Indemnity Bill Heard and Passed in Agriculture, Broadband, and Rural Development Committee

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Monday, Senator Rob Kupec’s (DFL-Moorhead) Grain Indemnity Bill was heard and passed in the Agriculture Committee. This bill would appropriate $15 million to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture for the establishment of a rainy-day fund for farmers if a grain elevator failure were to occur. In response, Senator Rob Kupec (DFL-Moorhead), released the following statement:

Key Senate DFLers Say Push to Secure Drought Relief for Hard-Hit Minnesota Farmers and Ranchers Crosses Finish Line, Continued Support Necessary as Producers Hit by Widespread Storm Damage

Key Senate DFLers said today that their months-long push to secure disaster relief for Minnesota farmers and ranchers hit hard by last year’s severe drought has passed the Senate and now heads to Governor Walz for his signature. This comes as recent widespread storm damage has impacted producers across Minnesota.

Drought Relief Passes Senate, Receives Unanimous DFL Support

Following Senate passage of critically important drought relief legislation that delivers $7 million in targeted grant-based relief to livestock and specialty crop producers and an additional $1.5 million in low-interest loans, Senate DFL Leader Melisa López Franzen and DFL Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee said they will continue to push to finalize the package as it heads to a House-Senate conference committee.