Minar lobbies for legislation helping young farmers

Dave Minar of New Prague, a dairy farmer and member of the Land Stewardship Project, was among a group of farmers and key legislators that rallied at the state capitol Monday, Jan. 10, to support legislation aimed at helping beginning dairy farmers, strengthening the anti-corporate farm law, devoting more resources to innovative livestock production, and defending the powers of local government.

Sen. Becky Lourey (DFL-Kerrick) and Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba (DFL - Long Prairie) announced their intention to carry legislation that would provide beginning dairy farmers with payment incentives of one dollar per hundredweight, with a cap of $10,000 per year, for up to five years. This is based on the average production of a 50-cow dairy. Sen. Steve Dille (R-Dassel) agreed to co-author the legislation.

Lourey said since 96 percent of dairy herds are under 200 cows, we need legislative initiatives that address the needs of those kinds of farms.

We need to preserve those farms

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