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Gov. Tim Pawlenty at FarmFest. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Pawlenty says government needs to leave farmers alone


MORGAN -- The federal government is sticking its nose into farmers' business, and hurting Minnesota agriculture in the process, Tim Pawlenty said Thursday after delivering his final FarmFest speech as governor.

If he were in charge of the federal government, the potential presidential candidate said, that would stop.

Pawlenty also said that government should continue to play a role in biofuel development, such as ethanol and biodiesel.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.