Minnesota lawmakers are getting closer to passing a farm bill that would allow the state to use its poultry farm in its capital.
The House on Tuesday approved the bill, which was also sponsored by Democratic Gov.
The Senate will vote on the bill on Thursday.
The Farm Bill would allow a farm in Minnesota to be used as the state capital for up to five years and allow the governor to extend that time period.
The bill also would allow farmers to build a permanent structure for their poultry farm.
The bill is being hailed by Minnesota poultry industry groups.
Minnesota’s poultry industry is expected to grow by nearly 3 million pounds this year, according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, but its farms are located in rural areas and often face a lack of public land.
The new farm bill would give farmers greater control over where their farms are built, said state Rep. Rick Gattis, DFL-Minneapolis.
It would also help Minnesota farmers who are facing competition from other states to sell their products to consumers.
The Minnesota Farm Bureau has been pushing for more farmland in Minnesota.
The state is currently building two new poultry operations at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital.
Gattis said he has also spoken with U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron about how the farm bill could help them.