Cooperative Network testifies in opposition to proposed penalty order plan for buffer law implementation

Cooperative Network testifies in opposition to proposed penalty order plan for buffer law implementation

Last week, Cooperative Network testified in opposition to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) proposed administrative penalty order plan for buffer law implementation. The proposal would have fined farmers who are out of compliance with the buffer law by up to $500 per linear foot and could be levied on those who are even a few feet out of compliance across their entire property. Members of the Senate Agriculture, Rural Development and Housing Finance Committee, as well as the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee, heard testimony from several agricultural groups who opposed the proposal, including Cooperative Network. Appearing before the committee was the Executive Director of BWSR who apologized for his agencies actions and that he anticipated it would be retracted by their board. Interestingly, Gov. Mark Dayton also wrote a letter to the members of BWSR asking that they take swift action to reconsider the proposal. BWSR’s board is appointed by Dayton and included representatives from the public and several state agencies, including the Department of Agriculture. By the end of last week, the BWSR board in fact did vote against the proposal. A press release on their decision to reject the proposal was released late last week.

Topics: Advocacy, Legislation | Regions: Minnesota
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