GOP Fights Dayton Effort To Restrict Some Fertilizer Use

Legislative Republicans are fighting a Dayton administration proposal to restrict farmers’ use of nitrate fertilizers. The GOP-controlled Minnesota House voted 69-56 Monday, April 16, to require legislative approval before nitrate limits proposal by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton can be adopted. Dayton he wants the rule because “clean and safe drinking water is the right of…
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Political Chatter: 2012 Ag Controversy Continues With Committee Assignments

Republicans who will control the Minnesota House next year angered Democrats by leaving a strong environmentalist off the environmental committee. House Speaker-designate Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, released a list of committee members Thursday night, and the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee list did not include Rep. Jean Wagenius, D-Minneapolis. She has served on the committee…
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‘Give Bees A Chance’

Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson promises to plant more flowers. It is part of a new program his department launched at the State Fair on Thursday to encourage Minnesotans to provide good homes to bees, wasps, butterflies and other insects that pollinate plants. Pollinators’ numbers are falling and scientists do not know all the causes,…
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Bill Mixes Paint, Bees And Farmers … And Includes An Island, Too

Paint will cost more and be recycled. Bees will be protected. Financially troubled farmers will be able to access state aid. And an island to provide more wildlife habitat could be built in the Mississippi River.

Fee Increases Bother GOP In Ag-outdoors Bill

Republican lawmakers said an environment and agriculture budget bill the House approved 69-61 Thursday is loaded with too-high fees and wasteful spending.