ST. PAUL – State Representative Rod Hamilton (R-Mountain Lake) said the first hearings for the Minnesota House Agriculture Finance Committee have taken place, and he is pleased with how the committee has taken shape.
“I’m honored to be the ag finance chair, and I believe this is the most bipartisan, diverse, geographically balanced group we’ve had during my tenure in the Minnesota House,” Hamilton said.
Hamilton said this session’s ag finance committee, traditionally made up solely of rural Minnesota lawmakers, includes a number of lawmakers from the Metro Area and inner cities. He said he is thrilled to work with Twin Cities representatives and help them with urban ag initiatives this year.
“I have one rule as chairman, and that is we will not tear down one segment of agriculture in order to promote another,” Hamilton said. “Agriculture impacts everyone whether they live in Minneapolis or Worthington, and we will recognize that in this committee.”
Hamilton said the ag finance committee will try something new this year by honoring a Minnesotan works in the field of agriculture. This year’s first honoree was a Farmer’s Union lobbyists who not only made an impact with his support of youth in agriculture programs, but also has helped children with disabilities and wounded warriors through horse therapy.
“This is a special thing we want to do to begin each meeting to encourage and recognize those who do so much for agriculture across the State of Minnesota,” Hamilton said. “Agriculture is a noble profession that does much for many people, and that’s something none of us should ever forget.”