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Rep. Jean Wagenius of Minneapolis tells the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, that she will work with House Agriculture Policy Committee members in drawing up a budget for farm programs. She has a long history as an environmentalist and some farmers are worried because she leads the committee dealing with financing ag programs. (Don Davis/Forum News Service)

Chairwomen implement way to give ag interests a voice

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ST. PAUL -- Patrick Lunemann is not convinced the agriculture industry will get a fair shake from a Minnesota House committee that decides farm program funding, even after farmers learned of a change to give them more of a voice.


“It is to be determined whether it is going to work,” the Clarissa dairy and crop farmer said Tuesday after the two House agriculture chairwomen discussed the issue with the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.