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Agriculture and Rural Development Policy and Finance

THIRTY-SIXTH MEETING

2011-2012 Regular Session - February 21, 2012

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRTY-SIXTH 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 10:23 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, in Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.
A quorum was not present.

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
WARD, John

Representative Franson was excused.

Dewey Thorbeck of the Center for Rural Design, University of Minnesota, gave a presentation on the Center for Rural Design.

A quorum was present at 10:25 a.m.

Representative LeMieur moved to amend the minutes to correctly reflect the two excused members, Hamilton and Poppe. THE MOTION PREVAILED. Representative LeMieur moved that the amended minutes be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Julie Tesch, Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council introduced the presentation of the Farm Business Management Program.
Presenting were:
Dr. Richard Joerger, System Director for Agriculture and Business Program Coordination, MnSCU
Douglas Allen, President of Ridgewater College
Keith Stover, South Central College, North Mankato, MN
Paul Liebenstein, Dundas, MN
Gene Kuntz, South Central College, Faribault, MN

Other presenters were:
Dave Ward, of the Cooperative Network, St. Paul, MN
Pat Lunemann, President Minnesota Milk Producers Association, Clarissa, MN

The meeting was adjourned at 12:08 p.m..





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REP. ROD HAMILTON, CHAIR



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Linda Westrom
Committee Legislative Assistant
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Informational hearing with presentations on the Design Assistance Program for Rural Minnesota and the Farm Business Management Program.