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Minnesota Milk Minute - April 1, 2016

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Minnesota Milk Minute 

April 1, 2016

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In This Issue

Minnesota Milk Legislative Update

Ag Questions Surface at Wisconsin Republican Debate

Midwest Benefits from Cheap Hauling

Upping Your Management Game

Women's Ag Leadership Conference


Upcoming Events

June 15-20 New York Dairy Tour


Featured Members

Special thanks to
Minnesota Milk
Associate Members.
This week’s featured members:

AgStar Financial Services

Elanco Animal Health

Ziegler CAT

Agri-Trac U.S.

BioZyme Incorporated

CBM Lighting

Nelson Dairy Consultants, Inc.


Minnesota Milk Legislative Update (Lucas Sjostrom, MMPA & Daryn McBeth, Gray Plant Mooty)

​The State Legislature returned from Easter recess on Tuesday, March 28, with the House Agriculture Committee holding several hearings this week. The committee continued testimony on the Department of Agriculture’s “Livestock Report,” discussing capacity for in-state processing versus production. Most of the discussion was about pork, though it was acknowledged dairy processing was nearly at capacity at the present time.

On Wednesday the House Agriculture Committee passed a bill (HF 3363) that would establish a “Good Food Access Program” designed to help address “food deserts” and dwindling access to nutritious food in areas where people are food insecure. Among the eligible foods are “low-fat and nonfat dairy, fortified dairy substitute beverages such as soy-based or nut-based dairy substitute beverages” and other proteins. The bill has a bias for “fresh” foods that has raised concerns from Minnesota vegetable companies that process canned and frozen food products considered equally as nutritious as fresh foods, while being more convenient, shelf stable and affordable. Minnesota is the number three state in processed vegetables.

The companion bill to HF 3363 has passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee and both bills await consideration by Government Operations/State and Local Government committees due to the fact that the new program establishes a new advisory committee. The bills will eventually come back to the Finance Committees because they appropriate $10 million per year. However, it is unlikely funding will be available this session.

Legislation was introduced this week to address permitting for flex pipelines placed in ditch right-of-ways when pumping liquid manure for field application. Last year Minnesota Milk led the way to create specific permitting authority along highways for situations when the landowner did not own all the contiguous land from the pumping station to a particular field. However, townships now are asserting their authority to require permits when the law was intended only to apply to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) and state highways. Consequently, SF 3368 (Koenen) and HF 3723 (Drazkowski) would clarify that last year’s law would only apply to MNDOT and not townships or counties. These bills will be considered in the House and Senate Transportation Committees on Monday, April 4. Townships and counties have indicated some opposition to giving up express permitting authority.

Legislation to modify last year’s new buffer law continued to make progress this week, with the bill (SF 2503 - Skoe) passing out of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday. The companion (HF 3000 - Torkelson) is expected to move through in the coming days as well, as the author says he has reached near consensus on remaining changes.

Friday, April 8, is the second committee deadline by which bills must have passed relevant policy committees in both the House and Senate. Bills with a fiscal note or making an appropriation must be through the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee by April 21.


Ag Questions Surface at Wisconsin Replublican Debate (MILK)

CNN’s presidential town hall in Wisconsin offered a chance to hear Republican candidates’ thoughts on agricultural issues, in particular immigration, labor and trade. Two dairy farmers, one who milks 2,800 cows and another whose operation is 5,500 cows, asked about immigration. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich all spoke to the issue. Read more.


Midwest Benefits from Cheap Hauling (Hoard's Dairyman)

TextDairy farmers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and bordering states have experienced low hauling costs that even continued through the high fuel-cost years in which diesel prices pushed above $4 per gallon.

Hauling costs averaged just 15.64 cents per hundredweight in May 2015, down from 17.13 cents one year earlier. However, when those who pay no hauling are removed from the data, the cost goes up to 19.25 cents per hundred. The data comes from a paper, Milk Hauling Charges in the Upper Midwest Marketing Area. Read more.


Upping Your Management Game (Progressive Dairy)

Successful managers anticipate and adapt to the changing needs of the market, recognize the importance of networking, and are open to different points of view. That’s according to Texas A&M professor and extension economist Danny Klinefelter. The other attributes he cites include being able to think in “What if?” mode, and seeing challenges and change as opportunities. Read more.


Women's Ag Leadership Conference is April 13

The 18th Annual Women’s Agricultural Leadership Conference is on Wednesday, April 13, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. The event, titled “ActivateHer,” runs from 9 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. with a wine and cheese tasting from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. topics include issues and ideas such as drone usage and FAA regulations, habits and attitudes about money, Ag in the Classroom, national ag policy and blogging. Read more and register.


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