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FOURTH MEETING - Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy Division

2019-2020 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA FOURTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-FIRST SESSION

AGRICULTURE & FOOD FINANCE & POLICY DIVISION

MINUTES

Representative Jeanne Poppe, Chair of the Division, called the meeting to order at 9:45 AM on January 24th, 2019, in Room 200 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

POPPE, Jeanne, CHAIR
BRAND, Jeff, VICE CHAIR
HAMILTON, Rod, Republican LEAD
ANDERSON, Paul
ECKLUND, Rob
HANSEN, Rick
KIEL, Debra
KLEVORN, Ginny
LIPPERT, Todd
LUECK, Dale
MILLER, Tim
POSTON, John
VANG, Samantha
WAZLAWIK, Ami

Members excused:
TABKE, Brad

A quorum was present.

Vice Chair Brand moved to adopt the minutes from the division meeting on January 22. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Commissioner Thom Petersen and Senior Advisor Meg Moynihan from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture explained various MDA programs that address farmer mental health issues.

Chair Poppe introduced H.F. 232.

Public testimony provided by:
• Ted Matthews, Rural Mental Health Counselor
• A.J. Duerr, Minnesota Soybean Grower Association and Minnesota Association for Agricultural Educators
• Theresia Gillie, Kittson County
• Jennifer Andrashko, Minnesota State University Mankato
• Bruce Miller, Minnesota Farmers Union
• Amber Hanson Glaeser, Minnesota Farm Bureau

H.F. 232 was laid over for futue consideration.

Representative Kiel introduced H.F. 82.

Public testimony provided by:
• Shana Reitmeier

H.F. 82 was laid over for future consideration.

Representative Kiel introduced H.F. 84.

H.F. 84 was laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus bill.


The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 AM.





Representative Jeanne Poppe, Chair




Carl Kaase,
Committee Legislative Assistant

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Agenda:

Presentation on services for farm stress and rural mental health support - Commissioner Thom Petersen, Department of Agriculture - Ted Matthews, Rural Mental Health Counselor - Connie Dykes, Farm Advocate - Meg Moynihan, MN Department of Agriculture

Bills Added:
  • HF232 (Poppe) - Farm advocates, farmer-lender mediators, and mental health counseling support for farm families and business operators additional money appropriated.
  • HF82 (Kiel) - Mental health counseling support to farm families and business operators funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF84 (Kiel) - Mental health counseling support to farm families and business operators funding provided, and money appropriated.
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Introductory comments. 02:21 - Presentation on services for farm stress and rural mental health support. - Thom Petersen, Commissioner, Department of Agriculture. - Ted Matthews, rural mental health counselor. - Connie Dykes, farm advocate. - Meg Moynihan, Department of Agriculture. 24:50 - HF232 (Poppe) Farm families and business operators mental health counseling support funding provided, and money appropriated. 1:18:00 - HF82 (Kiel) Mental health counseling support to farm families and business operators funding provided, and money appropriated. 1:26:51 - HF84 (Kiel) Mental health counseling support to farm families and business operators funding provided, and money appropriated. Runs 1 hour, 31 minutes.