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

  • Governor Signs Insurance Premium Relief Law
    Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a legislative package into law intended to provide relief for Minnesotans with rising insurance premiums. Dayton signed HF1/ SF1 last Thursday after both the Senate and House passed the bill earlier in the day by wide margins. The law, effective January 27, requires health carriers to subsidize qualifying customers' premiums then seek a reimbursement from the state. READ MORE

  • AFBF Endorses Bills to Repeal Death Tax
    The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has endorsed bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate to repeal the federal estate tax. AFBF President Zippy Duvall said the bills are needed because farm and ranch families continue to face challenges in passing their family businesses to the next generation. READ MORE

  • MFBF Hosts Council of County Presidents
    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

  • USDA Allows Early Termination of Some CRP Contracts for New Farmers
    Beginning January 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will offer an early termination opportunity for some CRP contracts, making it easier to transfer land to the next generation of farmers. The land eligible for this early termination must be among the least environmentally sensitive land enrolled in CRP. READ MORE

  • Iowa Supreme Court Ruling in the Des Moines Water Works Lawsuit
    The Iowa Supreme Court released a 3-2 ruling late last week against the Des Moines Water Works in a lawsuit that sought damages for alleged water pollution caused by nearby drainage districts. The court's opinion said that Des Moines Water Works could not recover damages from the drainage districts because they have immunity under state law. READ MORE

  • Minnesota Legislature Committee Structures
    Minnesota Senate Committee Listings: http://www.senate.mn/committees/ Minnesota House of Representative Committee Listings: http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/comm/commemlist.asp