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Agriculture and Rural Development Policy and Finance

TWENTY SECOND MEETING

2011-2012 Regular Session - March 22, 2011

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY SECOND MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SEVENTH SESSION

AGRICULTURE & RURAL DEVELOPMENT POLICY & FINANCE
MINUTES

Representative Hamilton, Chair of the Agriculture & Rural Development Policy & Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 10:21 a.m. on March 22, 2011, in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

HAMILTON, Rod, Chair
ANDERSON, Paul, Vice Chair
ANDERSON, Bruce
EKEN, Kent
FALK, Andrew
FRITZ, Patti
HANSEN, Rick
HOSCH, Larry
KATH, Kory
KIEL, Debra
LEMIEUR, Mike
MCELFATRICK, Carolyn
MORROW, Terry
PERSELL, John
POPPE, Jeanne
SCHOMACKER, Joe
SHIMANSKI, Ron
SWEDZINSKI, Chris
TORKELSON, Paul
VOGEL, Bruce

Representatives Franson and Ward were excused.

A quorum was present.

Representative Paul Morrow moved to approve the minutes of March 16, 2011. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

At 10:24 a.m., Representative Paul Anderson assumed the gavel.

Representative Rod Hamilton moved HF 860 pass and be re-referred to Taxes.
Testifying on HF 860 were:
Representative Rod Hamilton
Thom Petersen, Minnesota Farmers Union
Chris Leifeld, Land Stewardship Project
Representative Hamilton renewed his motion that HF 860 pass and be re-referred to Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Hamilton moved HF 1039 before the committee for discussion.
Representative Hamilton moved the HF1039 DE1 amendment to pass. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.
Testifying on HF 1039 were:
Representative Rod Hamilton
Kay Thibodeaux, SHBBA Dove Chocolate, Savage, Minnesota
Greta Gauthier, Director of Government Relations, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Dr. Heidi Kassenborg, Division Director, Dairy and Food Division, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
David Weinand, Minnesota Department of Agriculture


At 11:10 a.m. Representative Torkelson assumed the gavel.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:38 a.m.

Minutes of March 22, 2011




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REP. ROD HAMILTON, CHAIR



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Linda Westrom
Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF860 (Hamilton) - Beginning farmer program tax credits provided.
  • HF1039 (Hamilton) - Omnibus agriculture and rural development bill.
  • HF1114 (Anderson) - Agricultural bioenergy grant funding provided, and money appropriated.

Testimony on food inspection

MDA Dairy Development Program

Rep. Hamilton will present a DE amendment - informational only
Amendments, testimony will be heard on Wed. March 23, 2011