May 19, 2014 at 02:26pm
ST. PAUL (May 19, 2014) – Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) sees 2014 legislative session as a success for family farmers. The session ended May 16.
“MFU appreciates the investments that the legislature and Governor Dayton made in agriculture and rural Minnesota this session” said MFU President Doug Peterson.
Key MFU-supported provisions passed this session include:
- $17 million in property tax relief for farmers;
- repeal of sales tax on farm equipment repair;
- $2 million for “Farm to Food Shelf” program;
- passage of Farmers Market legislation that sets rules for sampling and food safety;
- updating of state biodiesel laws that will pave the way for Minnesota to move to B10 on July 1;
- $20 million for rural broadband;
- funding for agricultural research on invasive pests, industrial hemp, perennial crops and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PED); and
- passage of several different initiatives to protect pollinators.