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Anderson named dairy legislator of the year

ST. CLOUD -- Rep. Paul Anderson (R-Starbuck) was selected as the 2011 Legislator of the Year by Minnesota Milk Producers Association for demonstrating support to dairy farmers, the dairy industry and rural Minnesota by his actions at the State Capitol. The award was announced during the Midwest Dairy Expo in St. Cloud.

Anderson is the chief author of the bill to create Minnesota's Dairy Research, Teaching and Consumer Education Authority. By doing this, he has helped create a stronger base of support for dairy development in Minnesota.

Anderson has also taken a leadership role in efforts to address the timing and the function of the state feedlot permitting process. He, along with others, has helped to provide the foundation for more clarity, consistency and timeliness for environmental compliance, permitting and review.

"We appreciate both what Representative Anderson does for dairy farmers and how he goes about his business. In an era when the rhetoric can get pretty heated, we are glad to have a steady hand like his working closely with us on issues affecting the Milk Producers," said Pat Lunemann, president of the association.