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      Supporting Agriculture through Trade

      Posted on March 09, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      Last week Governor Mark Dayton signed legislation that will remove a trade barrier currently in place for Minnesota agricultural businesses looking to export commercial feed to Brazil. This piece of legislation will allow Minnesota companies to remain competitive in the global export market while at the same time recognize the importance of good manufacturing standards.

      Recently imposed import regulations set in Brazil require companies that send feed to the country to provide a certificate of Good Manufacturing Practices compliance, yet this certificate is not expected to be implemented for several months. Without a process for providing the certificate required by Brazil, Minnesota companies would be unable to supply feed to that large and growing market. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the state legislators worked together to pass House File (HF) 1926 that would create a temporary process for issuing a state certificate of Good Manufacturing Practices for Minnesota companies that produce commercial feed.

      “Export markets are very important for our agricultural economy,” Commissioner Dave Frederickson said. “Thanks to this bill, Minnesota farmers and feed companies will not have to worry about losing access to an important export market.”

      Agriculture exports contribute to one-third of the state’s total agricultural sales, and support more than 40,000 jobs. Minnesota’s farm families are stewards of the land, contributing to the health, beauty, productivity, and quality of our state’s natural resources for the benefit of all Minnesotans. The Governor recognizes the importance of agriculture to Minnesota’s economy and he signed HF 1926 to ensure that Minnesota agriculture companies can compete in a global agricultural market.