May 30, 2013 at 02:33pm
ST. PAUL (May 30, 2013) – Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) applauds action of Legislature.
“MFU thanks the legislature and Governor Dayton for passing a strong agriculture budget,” said Doug Peterson President of the Minnesota Farmers Union. “MFU is also pleased that the Farmer-Lender Mediation Act was extended for an additional three years, allowing time for farmers and lenders to find solutions when financial stresses hit rural Minnesota.”
Key legislative actions:
- $20 million in the AGRI-fund, which can be used for livestock, NextGen energy grants, and farm to school programs;
- $2 million for educational and cultural programs at fairs;
- The current wolf hunting and trapping season was not eliminated, however, MFU was disappointed wolf depredation funding was decreased;
- Buy the Farm legislation passed which provides landowners facing the threat of high voltage power lines more rights regarding attorney’s fees, appraisals, relocation and a reasonable time frame;
- Farmer-Lender Mediation Act was extended for an additional three years;
- authorizing language and funding of the new voluntary Agriculture Water Quality Certification Program; and
- language that clarifies estate tax by saying agriculture land held by farm trusts and other business entities will qualify for the extra $4 million exception from the state estate tax.