About the Committee

The Midwestern Legislative Conference Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee provides a forum for state and provincial legislators to exchange information and ideas on agriculture policy at all levels of government. The committee represents state government on key regional and national issues, promotes the importance of agriculture to the U.S. economy and society, and guides MLC projects related to agriculture and other policy issues impacting the rural Midwest.
Legislators from 11 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces serve on the MLC Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee. If you have questions about the committee, please contact Carolyn Orr, CSG Midwest staff liaison to the committee.

 

Meetings & Events

July 9, 2017 | Committee Meeting (2017 MLC Annual Meeting)
The meeting featured sessions on how the genome editing tool CRISPR will impact food, farmers, man and nature; and policies related to handling, planting, regulating, and disposing of treated seed. Committee members also took part in a legislative roundtable, reviewed proposed policy resolutions, and discussed a work plan for the upcoming biennium.

 

July 10, 2017 | Policy Session (2017 MLC Annual Meeting)
The State of the Midwest's Rural and Agriculture Economy & Future of the U.S. Farm Bill

These are challenging, uncertain times for the Midwest's farmers and rural communities: lower farm incomes, fewer jobs, and a looming reauthorization of the U.S. farm bill. This session looked at issues for legislators to know ahead of farm bill negotiations.

 

June 14, 2017 | Webinar
Recent Developments in Agriculture & Food Law: Impacts on States
Agriculture and food law, at the local, state and national level is changing constantly and impacting our farmers, foresters, food producers, rural residents. It is almost impossible for state legislators to stay abreast of the legal challenges and changes impacting their constituents and state laws. 
In collaboration with the National Agricultural Law Center, the regional offices of the Council of State Governments and State Agriculture and Rural Leaders presented an agriculture and food law update webinar that addressed developments related to:
The National Agricultural Law Center (headquartered at the University of Arkansas) is the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information.
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July 17, 2016 | Committee Meeting (2016 MLC Annual Meeting)

 

Committee Membership

Co-Chair

Sen. Kevin Kinney

Iowa

Co-Chair

Rep. Paul Anderson

Minnesota

Vice Chair

Rep. Norine Hammond

Illinois

 

 

Ag Clips

In collaboration with agriculture groups from other regional CSG offices, this committee produces Ag Clips, a weekly electronic newsletter that provides updates on regional, national and international issues of importance to Midwestern policymakers. To view the current Ag Clips, click here. Subscriptions are free, and members are encouraged to submit articles for inclusion. Please contact Carolyn Orr to receive Ag Clips.
For more information about the MLC Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee, contact Carolyn Orr.

 

Other Committee Resources

MLC staff conducts in-depth research based on input and requests from legislators; for example, it has compiled state-by-state and federal information on issues such as farmland taxation, animal disease traceability and the farm bill. Please contact Carolyn Orr, the committee's CSG Midwest staff liaison, for research assistance.

 

Updated November 7, 2017