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Agriculture and Rural Development

SEVENTEENTH MEETING

2005-2006 Regular Session - March 22, 2005

STATE OF MINNESOTA SEVENTEENTH 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 seventeenth meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 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:

HF1420 (Ozment) Environmental, natural resources, agricultural, and economic development funding provided, and money appropriated

Rep. Ozment presented HF1420.

A quorum was present at 3:06 p.m.

Rep. Heidgerken moved approval of the minutes: Wednesday, March 16, 2005. The motion prevailed.

Chair Davids moved HF1420.

Testifying on HF1420:
Steve Ernest, Director of Finance and Budget, MN Department of Agriculture
Geir Friisoe, Manager of Plant Protection, MN Department of Agriculture
Jim Gryniewski, Ag Marketing Services, MN Department of Agriculture
Greg Buzicky, Plant Agronomy, MN Department of Agriculture

Chair Davids renewed his motion that HF1420 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Agriculture/Environment & Natural Resources Finance. The motion prevailed.

HF1747 (Poppe) Agriculture best management practices loans limits modified

Chair Davids moved HF1747.

Rep. Poppe presented HF1747.

Testifying on HF1747:
Paul Burns, Resources Management & Development, MN Department of Agriculture

Chair Davids renewed his motion that HF1747 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. The motion prevailed.

HF1282 (Magnus) Biodiesel usage as home heating fuel technical and economic feasibility study authorized and report required

Rep. Magnus moved HF1282.

Rep. Magnus presented HF1282.

Testifying on HF1282:
Jerry Schoenfeld, MN Soybean Growers
Douglas Tiffany, Research Fellow, University of MN- Department of Applied Economics

Chair Davids moved to amend HF1282 with the H1282A1 amendment (please see attached). The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Magnus renewed his motion that HF1282 be recommended to pass, as amended, and be re-referred to the Committee on Regulated Industries. The motion prevailed.

HF1560 (Heidgerken) Rural economic development base funding level established including ethanol producer payments

Rep. Heidgerken moved HF1560.

Rep. Heidgerken presented HF1560.

Testifying on HF1560:
Valerie Jerich, MN Corn Growers Association
Bob Krogman, MN Petroleum Marketers Association
Tim Gerlach, Director Outdoor Air Programs, American Lung Association of MN
Chris Radatz, Public Policy Director, MN Farm Bureau

Chair Davids moved that HF1560 be laid over due to time constraints. The motion prevailed.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.


Rep. Greg Davids, Chair



Denise Berger
Committee Legislative Assistant