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Agriculture and Rural Development

FOURTH MEETING

2005-2006 Regular Session - January 26, 2005

STATE OF MINNESOTA FOURTH 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 fourth meeting to order at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 26, 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:

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

A quorum was present at 2:34 p.m.

Rep. Hamilton moved approval of the minutes: Wednesday, January 26, 2005. The motion prevailed.

Overview of the Producer Associations’ Legislative Priorities was provided by:

Al Christopherson, President, MN Farm Bureau

Paul Sobocinski, Land Stewardship Project
Bonnie Haugen, Farmer, Canton, MN
Thor Haugen, Farmer/Student, Canton, MN

Mary Jo Forbord, Executive Director, Sustainable Farming Association

Bob Arndt, President, National Farmers Organization

Bruce Kleven, MN Wheat and Barley Growers
Sugar Beet Growers
Potato Growers
Poultry

Glen Graff, Farmer, Sanborn, MN, MN Cattleman Association

Rep. Johnson introduced a group of students from Gustavus Adolphus College studying public policy.

Continued Overviews:

Bill Bond, Executive Director, MN Crop Production Retailers

Kay King, Executive Director, MN Thoroughbred Association




The meeting was adjourned at 4:07 p.m.





Rep. Greg Davids, CHAIR




Denise Berger
Committee Legislative Assistant