Minn. lawmakers order audit of ag groups 18 Apr 13

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota lawmakers are brushing off an effort by agricultural groups to avoid a legislative audit.

Lawmakers on the board that sets the auditor’s agenda say they heard from agricultural commodity councils who wanted off a list of potential audit targets. One council wrote to lawmakers that the auditor should look elsewhere, and stressed that the councils don’t get state money.

Legislators went ahead Wednesday and directed the auditor to evaluate the councils this year.

Commodity councils charge farmers a small fee at the point of sale of their product – from soybeans to beef – and use the revenue to fund advertising and research on diseases that affect them.