Fertilizer Fee Increase Proposed

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is seeking an increase in the fertilizer tonnage fee to fund inspections, permitting and nitrogen point source evaluations. The fee would increase from 39 cents per ton to 64 cents. State Representative Bobbie Harder questioned that move. “It can be a struggle to be a farmer with the uncertain times and the increase of costs,” was the comment from the Henderson lawmaker and farmer. “This is just one more burden that you’re going to be adding onto farmers.”