On Wednesday, the Minnesota Senate passed its Agriculture budget bill to support agriculture, rural development and rural COVID-19 recovery. The comprehensive legislation is focused on helping Minnesota farmers while spurring innovation in the agriculture industry and provides resources for broadband expansion throughout the state.
“This is a bipartisan compromise that focuses on our shared agricultural and rural priorities,” Senator Bill Weber (R-Luverne) said. “We’re helping Minnesotan farmers and our rural communities by prioritizing innovative investment, mental health and broadband infrastructure to drive development across our state.”
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The Senate agriculture budget also gives historic funding to the Border-to-Border Broadband Grant program at $40 million over the next two fiscal years. This funding will develop permanent broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas. This funding from the legislature matches the critical need that has become apparent in the wake of COVID-19.