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Agriculture and Rural Development

TWENTY-NINTH MEETING

2005-2006 Regular Session - April 05, 2006

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-NINTH 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 twenty-ninth meeting to order at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 5, 2006, in the Basement Hearing Room, State Office Building.

The Clerk noted the roll.

A quorum was not present.

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

Chair Davids introduced Vance Haugen (Extension Agent, University of Wisconsin) from Canton, Minnesota to give a brief presentation on low-cost milking parlors.

A quorum was present at 2:40 p.m.

Chair Davids recessed the committee at 2:53 p.m. for floor session.

Chair Davids reconvened the committee at 3:47 p.m.

HF3915 (Moe) genetically engineered wild rice moratorium imposed in the event of an application for a test plot.

Rep. Moe moved HF3915 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Rules.

Rep. Moe moved to amend HF3915, as previously amended (H3915DE2, attached). The motion prevailed, the amendment was adopted.

Rep. Moe renewed his motion that HF3915 be recommended to pass, as amended, and be re-referred to the Committee on Rules. The motion prevailed.

Presentation by AURI
Teresa Spaeth, Executive Director
Max Norris, Project Director

Rep. Magnus moved approval of the minutes from Tuesday, April 4, 2006. The motion prevailed.

Announcements by Chair Davids

Presentation by Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council
Julie Tesch, Executive Director
Jerry Schoenfeld - MN Association of Ag Educators

Chair Davids passed the gavel to Rep. Blaine.



Presentation by MN Department of Agriculture – Avian Flu
Steve Olson – Executive Director, MN Turkey Growers Association
Kevin Elfering – Director, Dairy & Food Inspection Division, MN Dept of Agriculture
Dr. Bill Hartmann – Executive Director, MN Board of Animal Health
Dr. Tom Hagarty – MN Veterinary Medical Association

The meeting was adjourned at 5:46 p.m.


Rep. Greg Davids, Chair



Cris Wohlford
Committee Legislative Assistant