Is Agriculture Battle Over?

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s aide who so angered farm-area legislators that they said the governor had declared war on agriculture now says he made mistakes. Deputy Chief of Staff Linden Zakula sent an email to the media Monday night, May 15, clarifying two mistakes he made in a May 9 memorandum when he was attacking…
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Rural GOP Says Dayton Wages ‘War On Agriculture’

Rural Republican lawmakers say Minnesota’s governor is waging a war on agriculture. Many farm groups also object to some of Gov. Mark Dayton’s stances, although may not use language that strong. A coalition of 18 farm groups and 10 county commissioners on Thursday, May 11, sent the governor and lawmakers a letter saying a Dayton…
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Agriculture Funding Bills Prioritize New Minnesota Crops

By Maureen McMullen, Forum News Service Adding new commodities to Minnesota’s farming industry accounts for a portion of state agriculture funding proposed by the House, Senate and Gov. Mark Dayton. Industrial hemp is among the new crops eyed for growth. All three proposals include funding that could be used to grow and process industrial hemp,…
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Friendly Committee Gets Prescription Drug Bill

Minnesota representatives have moved legislation that would require insurance companies to usually fund medicine a doctor prescribes. A bill by Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, would limit the power of benefit managers, who control costs for insurance companies, to deny prescriptions during an insurance policy’s term. On an overwhelming voice vote, the House moved the…
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Lawmaker Tells Chairman Not To ‘Cower Behind Gavel’ Over Prescription Medicine Issue

It is personal for Rod Hamilton. The Minnesota state representative, a multiple sclerosis patient for 20 years, cannot get a committee chairman to consider a bill he says will help people like him who depend on prescription medicine. “Let’s have these debates,” Hamilton said Tuesday, March 14. “Don’t hide from it; don’t cower behind a…
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