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Letter — Happy to see passage of Livestock Investment program

I was very happy to see the passage of the Livestock Investment Grant Program by the 85th legislative session of the Minnesota Legislature.

This was a major positive change in public policy toward the livestock industry by the Legislature. 

 This piece of legislation was passed to encourage all types of livestock development in Minnesota. The 10 percent grant is allowed on investments up to $500,000 for livestock equipment and facilities. The grant is paid when livestock producers need the money the most, at the time of investment.

 The grant is available to producers at all economic levels. It is fair to large and small operators. Most farm animals species are included. There are no special treatments for different management styles. All parts of Minnesotawill have equal access to the grant funds. 

 I see no way that this piece of legislation creates an unfair advantage to one sector of agriculture at the expense of another important element of agriculture. It will be a new positive public involvement in the important livestock industry. This will also benefit the grain part of the agricultural community by creating a very reliable long-term market for the cereal grains and forages raised in Minnesota. 

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 It is no secret that I was very opposed to the Dairy Investment Tax Credit legislation. That is why I feel the Livestock Investment Grant Program is so sweet. The legislative process can work.

— Harlan Anderson, Cokato, MN

 

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