Broadband will be a focus for the Minnesota House Agriculture Policy and Finance Committee this legislative session. Chair Samantha Vang says the ag committee will oversee broadband for the first time:

“In previous years we really haven’t had a chance during session to explore what the needs are in broadband, and so this year we can delve deeper into the issue of broadband and what we can do to address the needs and inequities.”

Vang says the Legislature passed funding to support Greater Minnesota last session:

“And I think it would be good as we have a committee hearing to hear some updates about how that funding was spent, where the needs are left, and that we can continue to make those investments.”

Vang says other important issues for the committee are avian influenza and supporting beginning farmers.