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MDA announces Value Added Grant recipients


Wed, Jun 19th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Grants give boost to farmers, rural businesses



St. Paul, Minn. – Nearly 50 Minnesota farmers, producers and processors will share $1 million in Value Added Grants distributed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). The Value Added Grant Program helps agricultural producers add value to their businesses resulting in the development of new products, creation and expansion of marketing opportunities, and an increase of agricultural sales.



“In order to expand production, processing, and marketing of Minnesota agricultural products, investment is needed to identify new opportunities,” said Minnesota Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Poster. “These grants will increase rural economic activities, help create new businesses, and generate new jobs.



The projects that were awarded funding include the purchase of coolers and grinders for meat processing facilities, installation of creamery production and cheese processing equipment for dairy farms, and construction of high tunnels for extending the growing season on fruit and vegetable farms.



Other grantees will use the funds to pay for feasibility studies and business plans, and to implement methods to increase on-farm food safety.



The Value Added Grants are made available through the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program (AGRI), established by the legislature to advance Minnesota’s agricultural and renewable energy industries. Another round of Value Added Grants will begin later this summer.

Rep. Davids reports budget collects $300 million more in unexpected revenue

Thu, Jun 13th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said if you ever needed any proof that Republican budgeting works, check out the latest economic forecasts. Minnesota economists recently announced that our state has another unexpec ..... 
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Sen. Franken Pushes to Increase Transparency of Federal Surveillance Programs Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Bill to Make FISA Court Opinions Public

Tue, Jun 11th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON, D.C. [06/11/13]—U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and a bipartisan group of Senators are pushing new legislation to bring greater transparency to federal surveillance programs. The bill would require the Attorney General to make publ ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau Commends Senate for Passing Farm Bill

Tue, Jun 11th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) applauds the U.S. Senate for moving forward to complete work on the bipartisan farm bill, the Agriculture Reform, Jobs and Food Act of 2013. The bill provides needed risk management tools and a viable ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau Comments on Legislative Session

Tue, Jun 4th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

“The recently completed Minnesota legislative session took some positive steps forward for Farm Bureau and agriculture in Minnesota, but in the area of taxes, we may have taken a few steps backward,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) P ..... 
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REP. DAVIDS: ALL MINNESOTANS WILL PAY MORE THANKS TO DEMOCRAT TAX INCREASE AGREEMENT

Tue, May 21st, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota House and Senate Democrats have approved the largest tax increase in decades, and State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said all hardworking taxpayers will feel the impact. “Legislative Democrats told us they would ..... 
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HOUSE APPROVES ENVIRONMENT, NATURAL RESOURCES & AG BUDGET

Tue, May 21st, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN — Lawmakers in the Minnesota House of Representatives passed the conference committee report on the Omnibus Environment, Natural Resources, & Agriculture finance bill this evening by a vote of 71 to 60. The bill takes serious steps to ..... 
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AGREEMENT ON TROUT STREAM SETBACK LANGUAGE

Wed, May 15th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

(St. Paul) – This week, House and Senate members, the governor’s administration, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) came to an agreement on legislation regarding silica sand minin ..... 
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AGREEMENT ON TROUT STREAM SETBACK LANGUAGE

Mon, May 13th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

(St. Paul) – This week, House and Senate members, the governor’s administration, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) came to an agreement on legislation regarding silica sand minin ..... 
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