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

  • MFBF President Testifies Before U.S House Ways and Means SubcommitteeMinnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap testified July 18, before the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade during their hearing on "The Effects of Tariffs on U.S. Agriculture and Rural Communities." The hearing addressed the effects on American agriculture and rural communities of both U.S. tariffs and retaliation imposed by other countries against U.S. exports. WATCH TESTIMONY or READ MORE
  • MDA Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule Moves onto Administrative Law Judge Process
    The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has completed eight public listening sessions on the 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 draft rule now enters the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) process for five formal hearings held a various locations across the state. A report by the ALJ will be completed in the fall of 2018 and provided to MDA for response. The Commissioner is expected to sign a final order adopting the rule in December of 2018. Fall fertilizer application restrictions will not go into effect until January 2020.

  • 2018 Minnesota Legislative Recap
    In June, the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Public Policy Team held a recap of the 2018 Minnesota Legislative Session, as well as a Federal Congressional update. HEAR AUDIO
  • Market Intel Report: WASDE Weighs in on Soybean Tariffs
    Historically, the changes in supply and demand that follow updated plantings of major field crops detailed in USDA’s survey-based June Acreage report are the focus of the department’s July World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. However, this year the attention has shifted to trade policy as the July WASDE is the first forecast to include potential supply, demand and price impacts from retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural products – namely soybeans. READ MORE
  • Farm Bill Ready for Conference
    With the recent passage of the U.S. Senate farm bill, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (S. 3042), Congressional lawmakers are expected to soon head to conference to iron out the differences between the U.S. House and Senate legislation. The House passed its version of the bill, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), on June 21. Noting the tough circumstances farmers and ranchers are up against, AFBF President Zippy Duvall said progress on the farm bill is very timely. READ MORE

  • Disaster Loans Available for Minnesota Farmers
    Minnesota farmers affected by the recent flooding can take advantage of a zero-percent Disaster Loan Program offered by the Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA). The program helps farmers cover flood clean-up, repair and replacement costs not covered by insurance. MORE INFORMATION

  • Farmers to Washington D.C.
    The 2018 Farmers to Washington D.C. trips are March 5-7 or September 11-14. 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 January 22. Ten - $300 trip grants are available for counties. MORE INFORMATION