Buffers Budget
Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter
Fri May 22, 2015 12:35 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's push for a statewide mandate for installing buffer strips could hinge on whether the state can find the needed funds to help farmers and other landowners comply.

Though the Minnesota Legislature passed a bill this week that would create a buffer zone requirement across the state, one agriculture group said the bill may not be signed by the governor unless the legislature can find additional dedicated conservation funding.

Joseph Smentek, director of environmental affairs for the Minnesota Soybean Association, told DTN that farmers already have a difficult time getting aid from the state ...

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