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Minnesota Milk Minute - May 13, 2016

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Minnesota Milk Minute 

May 13, 2016

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In This Issue

Dayton: Transportation Compromise in the Works for Monday

Nominate a Dairy Farmer for Producer of the Year by May 31

Comments Invited on Buffer Law; Check the Map

Soil and Water Conservation Board Filings Begin May 17

Dehorning Article Casts Negative Slant on Practice

Minnesota Farm Wins U.S. Sustainability Award


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Dayton: Transportation Compromise in the Works for Monday (Katie Spielberger, Minnesota House of Representatives Session Daily)

​A compromise transportation plan is in the works for Monday, Gov. Mark Dayton announced after a closed-door meeting with Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) and House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) Thursday afternoon.

“The clock is ticking,” Dayton said, with less than 11 days left until the statutory end of session May 23. Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Mpls) and Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Red Wing), co-chairs of the transportation conference committee, will also be involved in weekend discussions, Dayton said, and the resulting proposal will be a “true compromise.”

“It’s going to have to involve elements that each side is not willing to accept at this point, but that’s the nature of compromise,” Dayton said.

The House’s latest transportation offer Wednesday showed little movement toward a compromise position with the Senate, continuing to rely heavily on a shift of motor vehicle-related sales tax revenues from the state’s General Fund toward road and bridge projects, as well as using one-time dollars from the state’s projected $900 million budget surplus.

Legislative leaders have said that an agreement needs to be reached on transportation before any other budget targets can be set, Dayton said.
“The governor has been showing great leadership in trying to bring the two sides together,” Bakk said. “We made a serious offer and a serious move last Friday on transportation, and when the House responded this week, they basically repackaged their original transportation bill. We were very disappointed by that.”

Dayton declined to comment on the specifics of the working proposal, but said his goal was to present something on Monday “that’s going to bring everyone together.” If nothing else, Thursday’s meeting seemed to give all parties hope they can find common ground.

“We talked mostly about fishing,” Daudt said with a laugh, as he rushed to return to the House Floor session after the leadership meeting. “Actually, our meetings are going very well. Obviously, we haven’t made a ton of progress yet, but we all feel optimistic.”

Nominate a Dairy Farmer for Producer of the Year by May 31

Do you know a dairy farmer worthy of receiving Minnesota’s Producer of the Year Award? Do they play a leadership role in the dairy industry, show a commitment to future generations and are active in their local community? Then nominate them today! Winners will receive a video of their operation to premiere at Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Conference and Expo, along with a $1,000 scholarship, $500 print of their choice and more. Each Minnesota Milk member can nominate one dairy farmer by emailing or calling us with the following information: your name and company, farm name you wish to nominate, and the nominee’s contact information including mailing address, email address, telephone number and cell phone number. Learn more at

Comments Invited on Buffer Law; Check the Map

The Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) is inviting corrections and comments to the preliminary buffer maps now available at the agency’s website. The site includes a link to the preliminary buffer maps and other information about implementation of the law. By scrolling to the bottom of the page, viewers are directed to suggest corrections to the preliminary buffer maps to their local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) office. To submit a comment to the DNR about how the buffer map is being created, send an email to According to the DNR website, these comments, which are public information, will be collected and reviewed but in most cases will not receive an individual reply.

Those who know the land best are in the best position to check the accuracy of the buffer maps. Reports from landowners have included finding errors in the maps. In order to get these errors corrected, landowners must contact their local SWCD office.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association put together a Frequently Asked Questions post surrounding the buffer law. Read it here.

Soil and Water Conservation Board Filings Begin May 17 ​(Minn. Assoc of Soil and Water Conservation Districts)

Filing for the position of county Soil and Water Conservation (SWCD) supervisor is open May 17-31. Those interested in influencing local resource management decisions are encouraged to run for these locally-elected positions. The SWCD supervisor positions are filled through general elections which will take place on November 8, 2016. Contact your local County SWCD for more information, and find your office in the SWCD Directory. Read more.

Dehorning Article Casts Negative Slant on Practice

An article in Tech Insider, a digital publication focused on tech, science, innovation and culture, published a story this week with information about using genomics to develop polled animals without negative effects on other traits. Within the article, dehorning of cattle was described in a way that misrepresented most dairy farms’ common practices. A graphic photo of horn removal on an older animal was used. Minnesota Milk and Midwest Dairy staff member Lucas Sjostrom reached out to the author to express his disappointment and describe how and when dehorning is normally done. The result was an added paragraph in the article.

Minnesota Farm Wins U.S. Sustainability Award (Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy)

Jer-Lindy Farms and Redhead Creamery, a partnership between two generations of the Jennissen family, were among the winners recognized with a 2016 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award for Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability this week. The 200-cow Brooten, Minn., farm was recognized for its multi-generational commitment to a number of innovative sustainable practices. The awards showcase the dairy industry's ongoing commitment to sustainable nutrition, sustainability and reducing the overall impact on the environment. The awards program from the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, managed by the dairy checkoff, recognizes dairy farms, businesses and partnerships whose sustainable practices positively impact the health and well-being of consumers, communities, animals and the environment. We’re proud the owners of this farm are our board member, Jerry Jennissen, and our staff member, Lucas Sjostrom, with their wives, Linda and Alise, respectively. Read more.

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