Minnesota Rep. Paul Anderson, co-chair Illinois Rep. Norine Hammond, co-chair North Dakota Sen. Jim Dotzenrod, vice chair
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. It 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. The committee is led by three committee officers: Minnesota Rep. Paul Anderson and Illinois Rep. Norine Hammond, co-chars; and North Dakota Sen. Jim Dotzenrod, vice chair.
If you have questions about the committee, please contact Carolyn Orr, CSG Midwest staff liaison to the committee.


September 18 Committee Webinar: Rural Responses to Natural Disasters


Committee Co-Hosts July 30 Webinar on Expanding Broadband Access to Midwest's K-12 Students, Businesses and Communities



Committee Hosts Web Meeting on COVID-19 & Farmers' Markets

Jane Maxwell, Executive Director of the Illinois State Fair Association and Marla Calico, President of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, discussed how farmers markets and fairs were responding to the COVID 19 pandemic.


Committee Hosts Web Meeting on COVID-19 & Livestock Industry

Kansas Senator Carolyn McGinn, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Minnesota Representative Paul Anderson discussed the impact of the pandemic on the livestock industry and what states were doing to mitigate it..



Committee Hosts Webinar on COVID-19

One of a six-part series held by the Midwestern Legislative Conference, the MLC Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee hosted a webinar focusing on the intersection of agriculture and the coronavirus pandemic.


2020 Committee Meeting in Detroit Canceled

Due to the impact of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic across the Midwest and around the world, CSG's MLC has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the MLC's 75th Annual Meeting, which was scheduled to be held in Detroit, Michigan, on July 19-22, 2020.


Committee Meets in 2019 in Chicago

The committee last met during the 2019 Midwestern Legislative Conference Annual Meeting, which was held in July in Chicago. An agenda from the 2019 meeting can be found below.


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.