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Minnesota Milk Minute - June 3, 2016

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Minnesota Milk Minute 

June 3, 2016

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In This Issue

Session Concludes with 50 Percent of Big Bills Done; Special Session Looming?

Recycling Award Includes Minnesota Milk

New Leader for Board of Animal Health

Dairy Farmers Invited to Mastitits Council Meeting

Wetlands Ruling Made in Supreme Court

Apply for Minnesota Milk Scholarships


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Featured Members

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

Midwest Dairy Association

Dairy Farmers of America

Hubbard Feeds Inc.

Eurofins DQCI

United Farmers Coop

Unity Bank

Session Concludes with 50 Percent of Big Bills Done; Special Session Looming? (Daryn McBeth, Gray Plant Mooty)

​Governor Mark Dayton signed the $300 million Supplemental Appropriations bill Wednesday, but acknowledged at a news conference he hasn’t decided whether to sign or veto the Omnibus Tax bill. Among other things, the bill contains property tax relief for agricultural lands affected by school levies.

At this point, of the four major priorities of the 2016 Legislative Session, the Supplemental Budget bill is the only measure signed into law. (Other smaller conference reports have been signed into law, including the Legacy /Outdoor Heritage Fund and the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund appropriations bill.) The unsigned Omnibus Tax bill has become part of the negotiation for a potential special session, which also includes the bonding bill and transportation needs (one time projects and transit/southwest light rail). The governor has also now stated he will require additional supplemental appropriations be part of a special session agenda.

The four legislative caucus leaders urged the governor to call a special session quickly, but he now is seeking preliminary agreement on the priority items before agreeing to call a special session (which only the governor can do). Shortly after the governor’s news conference Wednesday, Speaker Kurt Daudt said his caucus supports the governor’s requested tax changes (dealing with charitable gambling/Vikings stadium tax corrections and high school league sales tax exemptions for ticket sales). The speaker asked the governor to sign the Omnibus Tax bill immediately and then deal with the other issues in a special session. However, Governor Dayton is maintaining that the mistakes in the tax bill must be addressed with legislation and thus be part of the negotiations on a special session. Senate Minority Leader David Hann has stated he does not support additional supplemental budget spending items as requested by the governor. Three-fifths majority is still required to pass a bonding bill in a special session.

Negotiations will continue next week, as the governor has indicated he will wait until Monday to decide on signing or vetoing the Omnibus Tax bill. The governor invited the four caucus leaders to a meeting to discuss it further, although Senate Minority Leader Hann has declined and Speaker Daudt had not replied at the time this was written.

Recycling Award Includes Minnesota Milk (Environmental Initiative)

Minnesota Milk was part of a partnership that won the top award from Environmental Initiative, a nonprofit that builds partnerships with business, government and nonprofit leaders to develop solutions to environmental problems. A partnership between the Recycling Association of Minnesota, Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and representatives of both the dairy and boat industries worked to reduce plastic waste from farms and boats. Credit also goes to the Vold family at Dorrich Dairy, Glenwood, who set up the initial meetings for plastic recycling in their area. Read more.

New Leader for Board of Animal Health (Minnesota Dept. of Ag)

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has named Dr. Beth Thompson as its new executive director and state veterinarian. Thompson was selected by the five-member board to succeed Dr. Bill Hartmann, who is retiring after leading the agency for 15 years. Thompson has served as an assistant director and senior veterinarian since 2008. Her work and expertise at the Board has centered on pigs and the state’s swine industry. However, she has a broad background in animal health and all aspects of animal and crop agriculture. Read more.

Dairy Farmers Invited to Mastitis Council Meeting (National Mastitis Council)

Dairy farmers are invited to attend short courses and a dairy farm tour during the regional meeting of the National Mastitis Council in Appleton, Wisc., June 29-30. The meeting is designed for anyone with an interest in high quality milk. One session will be taught in Spanish. Learn more.

Wetland Ruling Made in Supreme Court (Star Tribune and Los Angeles Times)

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for landowners fighting the government over whether their property includes protected wetlands. In a unanimous decision, the justices said property owners may go to court and obtain a “prompt judicial review” of claims by federal environmental regulators that their dry land may in fact be a wetland. This issue, while procedural, has arisen around the nation when homebuilders or companies announce plans to develop their land. Sometimes, the Army of Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency assert the land contains protected wetlands and cannot be developed. Read more.

Apply for Minnesota Milk Scholarships

We’ll be awarding 10 $1,000 scholarships this year to students continuing their education within the dairy industry. At least two of the awards will go to students attending a two-year program. Applications are due Monday, June 20. Read more.

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