MN Senate Passes $258M Agriculture/Rural Development/Housing Bill

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(Learfield News Service/St. Paul, MN) Value-added agriculture, farm mental health, and more options for affordable housing — features Republicans highlight in a 258-million-dollar agriculture/rural development/housing bill the Minnesota Senate passed Tuesday night.

There’s also money for expanding broadband Internet access in Greater Minnesota and Elbow Lake Senator Torrey Westrom says, “30 million dollars is a strong investment. The governor’s got 70 million [in his proposed budget], but that’s only coupled with significant tax increases. And so we don’t have tax increases to back-fill further investment. We use existing funds.”

Westrom says the bill also includes loans and grants to help small farms upgrade technology, and funding for a “soybean innovation campus” in Crookston.

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