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RELEASE: Rep. Nels Pierson Statement on Agriculture Omnibus Provisions

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ST. PAUL, MN—On Wednesday, the Minnesota House passed the Job Growth & Energy Affordability, Agriculture and Environment & Natural Resources Supplemental Budget bill (HF 3931) on a bipartisan vote of 72-54. Rep. Nels Pierson, R-Rochester, issued the following statement on a number of the agriculture provisions contained within the bill.

“Having grown up on a dairy farm, I understand how important it is to protect our livestock,” said Pierson. “The bill we passed today funds an emergency account to help protect against animal diseases and other emergencies. It also invests in a system to better track and predict future diseases in farm animals. These provisions will shield our agriculture workers from these devastating episodes.”

The bill also establishes a new farm safety program relating to tractor rollover protection systems.

“Our proposal creates a voluntary program to help combat tractor rollovers which are the number one cause of farm deaths,” said Pierson. “Creating safer processes for this sometimes dangerous profession is paramount.”