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.

Ag Chairwomen Take Action To Give Farmers Bigger Committee Voice

Patrick Lunemann is not convinced the agriculture industry will get a fair shake from a Minnesota House committee that decides farm program funding, even after farmers learned of a change to give them more of a voice