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2015-2016 Regular Session

SIXTEENTH MEETING - Agriculture Policy

March 18, 2015

STATE OF MINNESOTA SIXTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-NINTH SESSION

AGRICULTURE POLICY COMMITTEE

MINUTES

Representative Anderson, Chair of the Agriculture Policy Committee, called the meeting to order at 10:28 a.m. on March 18, 2015 in Hearing Room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:


ANDERSON, Paul, Chair
FRANSON, Mary, VC
ALLEN, Susan
BACKER, Jeff
BLY, David
HAMILTON, Rod
JOHNSON, Clark
LUECK, Dale
MARIANI, Carlos
MARQUART, Paul
NORNES, Bud
POPPE, Jeanne
RARICK, Jason
SCHOMACKER, Joe
SCHULTZ, Jennifer



Members excused:
ANDERSON, Mark


Chair Anderson started the meeting at 10:22 a.m. A quorum was not present.

Chair Anderson called the meeting to order at 10:28 a.m. a quorum was present.

Rep. Marquart moved to approve the minutes from March 17, 2015. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1906 Pesticide regulatory account use modified, and labeling and advertising prohibitions pertaining to plants beneficial to pollinators modified.

Rep. Rarick moved that HF1906 be re-referred to the Committee on Agriculture Finance.

Testifying on HF1906, Tim Power, Minnesota Landscape Industry, Rep, McNamara, Rep. Hansen, Bill Bond, Minnesota Crop Production Retailers.

Rep. Rarick renewed his motion that HF1906 be re-referred to the committee on Agriculture Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1407 Wine produced by a farm winery classified as an agricultural product for property tax classification purposes.

Rep. Franson moved that House File 1407 be re-referred to Property Tax and Local Government Finance Division.

Testifying on HF1407, Rep. Hackbarth, Leon Ohman, Goose Lake Farm and Winery, Joe Bagnoli, MN Beverage License Association, Steve Hinze, House Research.

Rep. Franson, renewed her motion that HF1407 be re-referred to the Property Tax and Local Government Finance Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1623 Large animal veterinarian loan forgiveness program.

Rep. Schultz moved that HF1623 be re-referred to the Committee on Higher Education Policy and Finance.


Testifying on HF1623, Rep. Metsa, Andy Kryzer, University of Minnesota student, Dr. Laura Molgaard, Associate Dean University of Minnesota Veterinary School. Dr. Tom Hagerty, Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association.

Rep. Schultz renewed her motion that House File 1623 be re-referred to the Committee on Higher Education Policy and Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1161 Private truck-wash facilities operated as part of feedlot operations permitting provided.

Rep. Schomacker moved that House File 1161 be re-referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.

Rep. Schomacker moved the H1161DE3 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Testifying on HF1161 as amended, Rep. Fabian, David Preisler Minnesota Pork Producers Association, Dr. Bill Hartmann, Board of Animal Health, Greta Gauthier, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Legislative Director.

Rep. Schomacker renewed his motion that House File 1161, as amended, be re-referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1079 Farmer Advocate office established to provide regulatory assistance and money appropriated.

Rep. Poppe moved that House File 1079 be re-referred to the Committee on Agriculture Finance.

Rep. Poppe moved the H1079A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Testifying on HF1079 as amended, Rep. Applebaum, Santo Cruz, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Ron Harnack, Minnesota Bio Fuels.

Rep. Poppe renewed her motion that House File 1079, as amended, be re-referred to the Committee on Agriculture Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF0153 Urban agriculture development zones added in land use planning.

Rep. Hamilton moved that House File 0153 be re-referred to the Committee on Agriculture Finance.

Rep. Hamilton moved the H0153DE3 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Hamilton moved the H0153A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Testifying on HF153 as amended, Rep. Clark, Ed McDonald, Council on Black Minnesotans, Michael Chaney, Project Sweetie Pie, Divine Islam, Project Sweetie Pie, Annelie Lindberg-Livingston, 24th Street Urban Farm Coalition, Russ Henry, Homegrown Minneapolis, Devon Nolen, Homegrown Minneapolis, Amari Chapman, Homegrown Minneapolis, Hua Vang, Community Organizer, Rico Howard, Project Superman. Clifton Williams, Urban Farmer.

Rep. Hamilton renewed his motion that House File 153, as amended, be re-referred to the Committee on Agriculture Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Committee was recessed at 12:04 p.m.

Committee resumed at 6:15 p.m.

HF1554 Agriculture policy and technical changes made to various provisions; and agricultural growth, research, and innovation program sunset repealed.

Rep. Anderson moves that House File 1554, as amended, be re-referred to the General Register

Rep. Anderson moved the H1554A2 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Johnson, moved the H1554A8 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Anderson moves the H1554A4 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Hamilton moved the H1554A3 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Testifying on the H1554A3 amendment, Bruce Klevan, Klevan Law, Cory Bennett, AgriGrowth Santo Cruz, Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Rep. Anderson moved the H1554A10 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Hamilton moved the H1554A9 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Bly moved the H1554A7 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Rep. Anderson renewed his motion that House File 1554, as amended, be re-referred to the general register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The committee was adjourned at 6:44 p.m.






Representative Paul Anderson, Chair




Tyler Webster, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

Amendments to HF1554 are due at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015. *Bills added

Bills Added:
  • HF1407 (Hackbarth) - Wine produced by a farm winery classified as an agricultural product for property tax classification purposes.
  • HF1623 (Metsa) - Large animal veterinarian loan forgiveness program funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1906 (McNamara) - Pesticide regulatory account use modified, and labeling and advertising prohibitions pertaining to plants beneficial to pollinators modified.
  • HF1161 (Fabian) - Private truck wash facilities operated as part of feedlot operations permitting provided.
  • HF1079 (Applebaum) - Farmer ombudsman office established to provide one-stop regulatory assistance, and money appropriated.
  • HF153 (Clark) - Urban agriculture development grants established, and money appropriated.
  • HF1554 (Anderson) - Omnibus agriculture policy bill.
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