Policy and Priority Issues

Wolf Management

Work to ensure wolf remains delisted from federal Endangered Species list. Increase state funding to pay livestock losses due to wolves. Make livestock losses from wolves eligible under federal livestock indemnity program. Work with state and federal partners to develop a long-term strategy to pay for trappers to remove problem wolves. Maintain hunting and trapping season and capturing all revenue generated from licenses for wolf management.

Permitting/Regulations

Work to ensure that livestock farms are not required to obtain an National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) or State Discharge System (SDS) permit unless they are proven to discharge. Work to remove state requirement that all livestock farms automatically need to obtain an SDS permit if they are over 1,000 animal units. Continue to work on ensuring winter feeding areas and pastures are not subject to permitting. Work to ensure no additional state or federal permitting requirements for normal farming activities (e.g. dust, wetlands, drainage, animal care, etc.)

Government Land Ownership/Management

Work to limit the amount of additional land acquisition by the State, which is not open to managed haying and grazing. Work to expand managed haying and grazing opportunities on conservation lands. Work to expand managed haying and grazing opportunities on federal and state lands enrolled in conservation programs, namely CRP. Continue to work on having monies appropriated for fencing and other infrastructure for managed grazing of lands.

Animal Identification and Traceability

Continue to work with MN Board of Animal Health and USDA to ensure future regulations related to animal identification and traceability are reasonable.

Farm Bill

Work to expand flexibility for managed haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands. Explore the development of additional livestock insurance products. Make livestock losses from wolves eligible under federal livestock indemnity program. Reauthorize disaster programs that will adequately compensate livestock producers for losses, based on forage loss.

Drought

Work with state and federal governments to ensure additional flexibility on emergency haying and grazing of conservation lands, and identify sources to assist livestock producers who experience problems with watering of livestock.

Taxes

Monitor and evaluate state legislative proposals that would increase sales and property taxes and/or fees. Work to reauthorize several important federal tax provisions, especially the estate tax and section 179 expensing.

AGRI Fund

Work to ensure that state monies appropriated to the fund are wisely directed to investments in the livestock sector.

State Beef Promotional Order

Continue to explore the potential of supporting a referendum to reinstate the state beef promotion order, which would allow the Minnesota Beef Council additional resources to implement important in-state promotional activities, including activities not currently authorized under the federal order.