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Agriculture and Rural Development

EIGHTH MEETING

2005-2006 Regular Session - February 09, 2005

STATE OF MINNESOTA EIGHTH 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 eighth meeting to order at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 09, 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.

Rep. Heidgerken moved approval of the minutes: Wednesday, February 2, 2005. The motion prevailed.

HF540 (Juhnke) Willmar rail container load-out facility study required

Rep. Juhnke moved HF540.

Rep. Juhnke moved to amend HF540 with the H0540A1 amendment (please see attached). The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Juhnke presented HF540.

Testifying on HF540:
Craig Damstrom, Project Consultant, MN Department of Agriculture

Rep. Juhnke renewed his motion that HF540 be recommended to pass, as amended, and be referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Environment Finance. The motion prevailed.

HF426 (Penas) Farmer-lender mediation program expiration date extended and codified

Rep. Penas moved HF426.

Rep. Penas presented HF426.

Testifying on HF426:
Mary Nell Preisler, Director, Farmer Lender Mediation Program
David Moeller, Staff Attorney, Farmers Legal Action Group
Doug Peterson, President, MN Farmers Union

Jon Apitz, Messerli & Kramer, Farm Credit Services

Rep. Penas renewed her motion that HF426 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. The motion prevailed.


Chair Davids announced the agenda for the next hearing.



The meeting was adjourned at 3:25 p.m.



Rep. Greg Davids, CHAIR



Denise Berger
Committee Legislative Assistant