Monthly Archives: April 2019

Walz Focuses On How State Policies Will Impact Minnesotans During State of State Address

MN Gov. Tim Walz focused his first State of the State address on how the policies he hopes to enact will impact everyday Minnesotans. Entering the fourth month of his term, the Democratic governor addressed a joint session of the Legislature on Wednesday night. Walz did not use a script or teleprompter and instead used […]

Legislators Agree On Need To Reform Ag-Worker Program

Foreign labor needs of the US ag sector are not being met, including by the outmoded and overly complicated H2-A guest worker visa program, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle said during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing yesterday. Chairwoman, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) indicated that she wants to pass a standalone ag labor bill […]

MN House, Senate Moving In Opposite Directions On Gas Tax Increase

The Minnesota House and Senate moved in opposite directions Tuesday on Gov. Tim Walz’s proposed increase in the gas tax of 20 cents per gallon. The Democratic-controlled House released a massive $7.28 billion, two-year transportation bill that would significantly increase spending on roads, bridges and transit across Minnesota. The new spending would be funded by […]

Friday/Weckel Scholarship Applications Due April 26

Applications for the Carleton A. Friday Scholarship and Kenneth G. Weckel Scholarship awarded by MWFPA are due April 26, 2019. Both scholarships offer up to three $1,500 scholarships to deserving undergraduate students who are majoring in agriculture or food science within the University of Wisconsin system (currently Madison, Platteville and River Falls). Each student needs […]

Finance Chairman Urges Trump To “Promptly” Remove 232 Tariffs

United States Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has urged President Donald Trump to “promptly” remove steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, reiterating that doing so would clear the path for ratification of USMCA in Congress and legislatures in Canada and Mexico. “I’m calling on the Administration – specifically, President Trump – to promptly […]