ISSUES

Legislative and regulatory issues important to agriculture and Farm Bureau members are continually discussed by elected and appointed officials and state and federal levels. The following are current issue updates and background information on Farm Bureau priority issues. Click on the buttons below to explore each issue in-depth.

Current Issues

  • MDA Seeking Public Input on Draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule
    The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking public review and comment on a draft proposal for regulating the use of nitrogen fertilizer in Minnesota. The purpose of the draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule is to minimize the potential for nitrate-nitrogen contamination from fertilizer in the state's groundwater and drinking water. The MDA will be holding five public listening sessions throughout the state to discuss the proposed Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule at which time written comments can be submitted. READ MORE

  • 2017 Minnesota Legislative Recap
    On Monday, June 5, the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Public Policy Team held a recap of the 2017 Minnesota Legislative Session, as well as a Federal Congressional update.

    For members who were not able to join the call but would like to hear the update, listen to the recorded session by following the directions below.
    1. Click the following link: http://www2.teleconferencingcenter.com/moderator/presentation/Playback?id=3904ab9a-01cb-4927-be01-5f6008746944.rpm 
    2. At the prompt, enter your name and email address.
    3. Choose your player.
    4. Click listen.

  • Market Intel Report: Corn and Soybean Projections Largely Unchanged 
    The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) held their Council of County Presidents meeting on January 24 at the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge in St. Paul with over 165 Farm Bureau leaders, elected and appointed officials in attendance. READ MORE

  • Action Needed for Funding Distribution
    Many counties and watershed districts have been waiting for the legislative session to conclude, and funding known, to determine their election of jurisdiction. With the enactment of the relevant legislation, notification of local board action to elect jurisdiction must be received by the Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources (BWSR) by 4:30 p.m. on June 28 to receive Riparian Aid funding.
     
    Notification means that BWSR has received: a signed resolution accepting jurisdiction to enforce the buffer law by respective boards; and the identification of a point of contact for ongoing buffer program implementation within your county or watershed district. READ MORE

  • U.S. and Mexico Reach Sugar Deal
    The United States and Mexican governments recently announced a new agreement, in principle, for the import of sugar from Mexico. The agreement will prevent dumping of Mexican sugar and will correct for the impact of subsidies to the sugar industry in Mexico. It will also continue the suspension of anti-dumping and countervailing duties against Mexican sugar imports that could be imposed by the U.S.

    Farm Bureau will continue to review the agreement and how it will affect sugar farmers.

  • Farmers to Washington D.C.
    The 2017 Farmers to Washington D.C. trip is September 12-16. See Farm Bureau in action and take agriculture's message to our nation's Capitol. This trip offers the opportunity to have an impact on public policy, represent your fellow farmers on a national level and see historic Washington D.C.

    Space is limited! Reserve your spot by completing the registration form on our website, along with a $50 per person, non-refundable deposit before August 1. Ten - $300 trip grants are available for counties. MORE INFORMATION