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Legislative Update

August 8, 2017

by Gwen Gmeinder, Legislative Chair, ESP Pi Chapter

State Relations  

University Relations Office created a summary of the 2017 State Relations Session Summary, a high-level review of the University’s efforts to represent interests and needs to our State elected leaders.

Federal Relations

Farmfest was held August 1-3, Morton, MN.  Dean Bev Durgan and Sarah Greening met with Congressman Collin Peterson, Congressman Tim Walz and the agricultural legislative staff for Senator Klobuchar and Senator Franken.

On August 3, 2017, the U.S. House Ag Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, Texas and U.S. House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson, MN 7th District, hosted a Farmfest forum on “The Next Farm Bill … Conversations in the Field.”  Dean Durgan testified to the importance of the 2018 Farm Bill. Smith-Lever federal funding provides 15% of Extension’s budget. Her remarks included the programs Extension offers across the State and ways federal funding has allowed Extension to address critical needs.

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