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Is Electric Vehicle Mandate Justified for Minnesota?

While most Minnesotans want to combat climate change, there is considerable opposition to the approach Governor Tim Walz is taking on both energy policy and electric vehicles. That was the key finding of a new poll released by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, a nonpartisan government agency.  Several voices have criticized the governor’s plan to change…

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Why California\’s Proposition 12 Matters To Our Nation\’s Pig Farmers

It\’s very concerning when people vote on issues when they don\’t understand the ramifications. There is no clearer example than the approved California ballot initiative–Proposition 12. Proposition 12 addresses farm animal housing standards. The problem? Unfortunately, Californians didn\’t have enough knowledge to make a good, educated decision. The only way our type of government works…

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Why California\’s Proposition 12 Matters To Our Nation\’s Pig Farmers

It\’s very concerning when people vote on issues when they don\’t understand the ramifications. There is no clearer example than the approved California ballot initiative–Proposition 12. Proposition 12 addresses farm animal housing standards. The problem? Unfortunately, Californians didn\’t have enough knowledge to make a good, educated decision. The only way our type of government works…

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Should the Supreme Court Decide How Farmers Raise Their Pigs?

What is Proposition 12? Proposition 12 is a ballot initiative the citizens of California voted for. The proposition talks about new space requirements for livestock, including pigs. Currently, only 5% of farms would meet the new requirements. The pork industry along with American Farm Bureau has asked the Supreme Court to review the legality of…

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The Two Sides of Gov. Walz: A Friend to Biofuels or Electric Vehicle Mandates?

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has a wishy-washy and often contradictory history with his stance on ethanol and biodiesel fuels in his state.  It seems as though whether he is supportive of the industry or not depends on his audience, or perhaps the day of the week.  You might think that being part of the Governor’s…

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Electric Vehicle Mandates Crafted in California Weren’t Made for Minnesota’s Farmers

As a rooster and a bull have completely different needs, so do the constituents of states across our country. Here in Minnesota, a place far different than California, we are fighting against a “one-size-fits-all” policy that will serve, when implemented, as a detriment to our agricultural community for decades to come. Electric vehicle mandates adversely…

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Should Minnesota Adopt California\’s Emission Standards?

Right here in our home state of Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz is attempting to mandate electric-powered vehicles, using California’s standards as a guide to limit consumer choice and adversely impact our farming communities.  For several reasons, this is not a sound, nor practical policy to enforce. The mandate would be extremely detrimental to the agriculture…

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Should Minnesota Adopt California\’s Emission Standards?

Right here in our home state of Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz is attempting to mandate electric-powered vehicles, using California’s standards as a guide to limit consumer choice and adversely impact our farming communities.  For several reasons, this is not a sound, nor practical policy to enforce. The mandate would be extremely detrimental to the agriculture…