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Agriculture and Rural Development

FIFTH MEETING

2005-2006 Regular Session - February 01, 2005

STATE OF MINNESOTA FIFTH 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 fifth meeting to order at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1, 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
PENAS, Maxine
JOHNSON, Ruth
JUHNKE, Al WELTI, Andy

Members excused: HEIDGERKEN, Bud
URDAHL, Dean

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

HF466 (Otremba) Grain storage and general merchandise storage warehouse licensing rulemaking authorized

Rep. Otremba presented HF466.

A quorum was present at 2:33 p.m.

Rep. Juhnke moved approval of the minutes: Tuesday, February 1, 2005. The motion prevailed.

Chair Davids announced it was “Agriculture Week” at the Capitol and encouraged Members to visit the exhibits and booths at the Capitol.

Rep. Otremba moved HF466

Rep. Otremba moved to amend HF466 with the A05-0017 delete everything amendment (please see attached). The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Testifying on HF466:
- Carol Milligan, Management Analyst, MN Department of Agriculture

Rep. Otremba renewed her motion that HF466 be recommended to pass, as amended, and be placed on the General Register. The motion prevailed.

HF223 (Davids) Ethanol minimum content in gasoline increased.

Rep. Davids presented HF223.

Testifying on HF223:

Doug Altrichter, District Director, Congressman Gil Gutknecht Office

Richard Eichstadt, Pro-Corn LLC, Preston, MN

Perry Aasness, Deputy Commissioner, MN Department of Agriculture
Ralph Groschen, Ag Marketing Specialist, MN Department of Agriculture

Sandy Neren, Alliance of Automobile Manufactures
Peg Gutmann, Manager of Vehicle Energy Planning, Ford Motor Company

Alyssa Schlander, Director of Government Relations, MN Auto Dealers Assoc

Diane Koebele, Director of Public Affairs, Flint Hills Resources

Darrel Bunge, American Petroleum Institute

William Lee, Chairman, Renewable Fuels Association (Chippewa Valley Ethanol)
Brian Jennings, Executive VP, American Coalition for Ethanol

A powerpoint presentation “Technical Issues of Increased Ethanol Blends” was provided by:

Bruce Jones, Professor Auto Engineering Technology Program, MN State University-Mankato


The meeting was adjourned at 4:21 p.m.





Rep. Greg Davids, CHAIR




Denise Berger
Committee Legislative Assistant