Omnibus Ag Policy Bill 25 Apr 12

The Minnesota House voted in favor of an Omnibus Agriculture Policy Bill on Tuesday. Democratic Representative Terry Morrow of St. Peter is a member of the Agriculture & Rural Development Policy and Finance Committee, and says the bill was a very good bipartisan effort. The bill passed on the House Floor with a 111-20 vote. The Senate unanimously approved it later in the day. It now heads to Governor Dayton for approval. The bill expands the Department of Agriculture’s nursery and plant inspection and enforcement division, allows farmers who grow feed for their own use and commercially to no longer be charged a fee on the portion they use themselves, establishes a pilot microloan fund for persons of a protected class who want to grow specialty crops or own livestock, establishes a Dairy Research, Teaching and Consumer Education Authority, and requires new labeling on plants sold in Minnesota.