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Agriculture and Rural Development

THIRD MEETING

2005-2006 Regular Session - January 25, 2005

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRD MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FOURTH SESSION

AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT POLICY COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Greg Davids, Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, called the third meeting to order at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25, 2005, in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

The Clerk noted the roll.

Members present:

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

Members excused:

A quorum was present.

Chair Davids welcomed the audience and provided a brief overview of the agenda for today.

Rep. Welti moved approval of the minutes: Tuesday, January 25, 2005. The motion prevailed.
Overview of the Producer Associations’ Legislative Priorities was provided by:

Thom Peterson, MN Farmers Union

Daryn McBeth, Executive Director, Agri-Growth Council
Cory Bennett, Lobbyist, Capitol Hill Associates

Rep. Juhnke inquired on the annual tours sponsored by the Agri-Growth Council and hoped the Committee would have the opportunity to participate this summer.

Jerry Schoenfeld, MN Pork Producers
Larry Liepold, President, MN Pork Producers

Jerry Schoenfeld, MN Soybean Growers Association
Ron Jacobson, President, MN Soybean Growers Association

Jerry Schoenfeld, MN Federation of County Fairs
Elmer Reisling, District 1 Director, Steele County, MN Federation of County Fairs

Mr. Schoenfeld noted in working with House Counsel, Sam Rankin, on legislation, they found the original legislation/statute for the MN Agricultural Society written back in 1860.

Continued testimony:

Jerry Schoenfeld, MN Assoc of Ag Educators and Farm Business Mgmt Instructors

"Management Education Programs" powerpoint presentation was provided by:

Del Lecy, MN Assoc of Ag Educators and Farm Business Mgmt Instructors
Tom Appel, MN Assoc of Ag Educators and Farm Business Mgmt Instructors

Bob Zelenka, Executive Director, MN Grain and Feed Association

Jerry Seck, MN Ethanol Coalition
Rod Jorgenson, Farmer, Kasson, MN, President, MN Ethanol Coalition

Gene Sandager, Farmer, Hills, MN, President, MN Corn Growers Association

Steve Ladlie, MN Ethanol Producers Association

Marc Knisely, CEO/President, Farm Credit Services of MN Valley
Greg Jans, Farmer, Grove City, MN, Board Member


The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.


Rep. Greg Davids, CHAIR


Denise Berger
Committee Legislative Assistant