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Gov. Walz lauds bipartisan ag bill that boosts families, food security, economy


Gov. Tim Walz lauds the bipartisan cooperation that helped get the ag bill passed in May while visiting Roadside Acres farm near Foley. Also pictured are, from left, Ag Commissioner Thom Peterson, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and the farm’s owners, Shelley and Mark Czech. FOLEY — As a couple hundred cows contently grazed on feed Thursday, occasionally letting out a gentle “moo” or two, Gov. Tim Walz lauded the bipartisan cooperation that led to the passing of the agriculture bill in May.

Walz, along with Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen and a handful of state legislators, toured the Roadside Acres farm to see how the bill’s drought relief funding will be used and learn how broadband has improved the farm’s operations. He then had a ceremonial bill-signing atop a stack of hay bales.

“Whenever we provide support to agriculture, we’re providing support to families. We’re providing support to food security. We’re providing support to the entire economy,” Walz said. “That’s touching millions of Minnesotans in the products that they buy.”

The ag spending package includes more than $8 million for grants to livestock and specialty-crop producers affected by last year’s drought, $5 million for tree planting and $2.5 million […]

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