STATE OF MINNESOTA FIRST MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FOURTH SESSION
AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT POLICY COMMITTEE
Representative Greg Davids, Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, called the first meeting to order at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11, 2005, in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.
The Clerk noted the roll.
DAVIDS, Greg, Chair KOENEN, Lyle
BLAINE, Greg, Vice Chair MAGNUS, Doug
FINSTAD, Brad MOE, Frank
HAMILTON, Rod OTREMBA, Mary Ellen
HEIDGERKEN, Bud PENAS, Maxine
JOHNSON, Ruth URDAHL, Dean
JUHNKE, Al WELTI, Andy
A quorum was present.
Chair Davids welcomed the Members, staff and audience to the first Agriculture and Rural Development Policy Committee meeting and provided a brief overview of a few housekeeping items.
Introductions of Members, their districts and involvement in the agricultural industry.
Chair Davids introduced the committee staff.
Chair Davids noted the committee rules and asked Members to review them.
Rep. Blaine moved approval of the committee rules. The motion prevailed.
MN Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson introduced Department staff in the audience.
MN Department of Agriculture overview was provided by:
Gene Hugoson, Commissioner, Introductory remarks
Jim Boerboom, Assistant Commissioner, Grain Inspection Division and Ag Finance Division
Kurt Markham, Director, Agriculture Marketing Services Division
Gerald Heil, Director, Agriculture Resource Management Division
Powerpoint presentation provided by:
Dr. Heidi Kassenborg, Acting Director, Food, Meat, and Poultry Inspections Division
Greg Buzicky, Division Director, Agronomy and Plant Protection Division
Gary Horvath, Tech Manager, Laboratory Services Division
Chair Davids concluded with a few comments on the upcoming Session and noted the agenda for the next few weeks.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:06 p.m.
Rep. Greg Davids, CHAIR
Committee Legislative Assistant