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Letter: Proposed bills look bad for family farmer

By Mike Handzus, Lakefield Who would have guessed that the Legislature would pass selling alcohol on Sunday so soon in the session? With all of the illegal drug possession and manufacturing and selling of drugs going on -- not to mention identity...

By Mike Handzus, Lakefield

Who would have guessed that the Legislature would pass selling alcohol on Sunday so soon in the session? With all of the illegal drug possession and manufacturing and selling of drugs going on - not to mention identity theft, sex trafficking, assaults, burglary and other crimes against people and property - that need to be addressed, you have to wonder just who the lawmakers listen to.

 

Also, there is an equally disturbing development playing out in the House and Senate. There Senate File 1016 by Sen. Bill Weber of Luverne and House File 1456 by Rep. Chris Swedzinski that would double the amount from 1,000 animal units to 2,000 animal units before a mandatory assessment has to be done. It is a sad time for rural Minnesota when you have local legislators advocating for large corporate farming and not representing their constituents and family farms (and no, over 1,000 animal units is not a family farm).

 

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So, before rural Minnesota is turned into a sewer, and whatever water left is contaminated, call these two legislators (Weber at 651-296-5650; Swedzinski at 651-296-5374) along with any others to make sure these two bills are dead in their tracks and never see the light of day. If these pass, it means that they could go from 3,333 to 6,666 swine (55- to 300-pound swine), 20,000 to 40,000 55-pounds pigs and steers from 1,000 to 2,000 before an assessment would be required.

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Opinion by Ryan McGaughey
Ryan McGaughey arrived in Worthington in April 2001 as sports editor of The Daily Globe, and first joined Forum Communications Co. upon his hiring as a sports reporter at The Dickinson (North Dakota) Press in November 1998. McGaughey became news editor in Worthington in November 2002 and editor in August 2006.
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