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Watershed Protection

Legislative attempt to rollback buffer law passes first hearing

As anticipated, buffers are back in the news as House Republicans are teaming up with a minority of rural Senate DFLers to rollback the buffer law. A pair of bills, authored by representative Torkelson (R) and Senator Skoe (DFL) have been introduced. Senator Skoe's bill has already passed the Senate agriculture committee despite opposition from Senate DFLers on the committee.  

March 17

Perennial biofuels incentive program bills introduced

The legislature has introduced bills in both chambers to advance one of FMR's 2016 policy priorities: a perennial biofuels incentive program. Dubbed the "Working Lands Watershed Restoration Program," the bills ask for $479,000 in fiscal year 2017 for the state's Board of Water and Soil Resources to prepare a plan for creating a state-funded biofuels incentive program.

March 16

Biofuels incentive program: Growing the crops of the future

Coming soon to Minneosta: perennial landscapes that can be used to produce fuel, energy and green chemicals while protecting our water quality and boosting farm profits.

FMR, in concert with a diverse group of allies, worked to help advance legislation to create a powerful new incentive for farmers to plant perennial crops right here in Minnesota!

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