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Agriculture Finance and Policy

FIRST MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - January 11, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA FIRST MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-SECOND SESSION
AGRICULTURE FINANCE AND POLICY COMMITTEE MINUTES

Representative Mike Sundin, Chair of the Agriculture Finance and Policy Committee, called the virtual meeting to order at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, January 11, 2021, pursuant to House rule 10.01. The meeting was broadcast via Zoom and House Public Information Services.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
SUNDIN, Mike, CHAIR
VANG, Samantha, VICE CHAIR
ANDERSON, Paul, Minority Lead
BURKEL, John
ECKLUND, Rob
HANSEN, Rick
HANSON, Jessica
KLEVORN, Ginny
LIPPERT, Todd
LUECK, Dale
MILLER, Tim
NELSON, Nathan
THOMPSON, John

A quorum was present. No members were absent.

Members and staff introduced themselves to the committee.

Ken Savary, House Fiscal Analyst, presented an overview of the budget and committee accounts.

State agency staff, stakeholders, and members of the public were invited to introduce themselves:
• Commissioner Thom Petersen, MN Department of Agriculture (MDA)
• Dr. Beth Thompson, Executive Director, Board of Animal Health (BAH)
• Peder Kjeseth, Legislative Director, MDA and BAH
• Dan Skogen, Director of Government Relations, Agriculture Utilization Research Institute (AURI)
• AJ Duerr, MN Biodiesel Council; MN Soybean Growers Association; MN Pork Producers Association; MN Association of Agriculture Educators (MAAE); MN Federation of County Fairs
• Bill Bond, MN Crop Production Retailers
• Sarah Dornink, MN Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC)
• Kari Schwab, MAELC
• Laura Lemke, MN Grain & Feed Association
• Jamie Pfuhl, MN Grocers Association
• Patrick Murray, MN AgriGrowth Council
• Brendan Jordan, Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota
• Christine Coughlin, MN Humane Society of the U.S.
• Julie Tesch, Center for Rural Policy & Development
• Gary Wertish, MN Farmers Union
• Bruce Kleven, multiple stakeholder organizations
• Amanda Koehler and Matthew Sheets, Land Stewardship Project
• Josie Lonetti, MN Farm Bureau



Chair Sundin adjourned the meeting at 2:05 P.M.





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Representative Mike Sundin, Chair





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Kyle Smith, Committee Legislative Assistant

More Info On This Meeting..
House TV Video:
View Archive

02:30 - Introductions of members and staff.
20:25 - Overview of committee accounts:.
- Ken Savary, House Fiscal Analysis Department.
34:58 - Introduction of agency leadership:.
- Department of Agriculture (MDA) Commissioner Thom Petersen.
- Board of Animal Health (BAH) Executive Director Doctor Beth Thompson.
- Peder Kjeseth, Director of Government Relations MDA and BAH.
- Agricultural Utilization Research Institute Director of Government Relations Dan Skogen.
39:38 - Brief introduction of agriculture related stakeholder representatives.
58:10 - Discussion of committee process.
Runs 1 hour, 4 minutes.


This remote hearing is taking place pursuant to Rule 10.01, which you may view here: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/cco/rules/permrule/1001.htm

I. Introductions of members and staff
II. Overview of committee accounts
III. Introduction of agency leadership - MDA Commissioner Thom Petersen, BAH Executive Director Dr. Beth Thompson, AURI Director of Government Relations Dan Skogen
IV. Brief introduction of agriculture related stakeholder representatives. If you would like to sign up to introduce your organization, please email nancy.conley@house.mn by 4:00 pm on Friday and meeting connection information will be provided. Please limit introductions to 2 minutes.

This remote hearing will be live-streamed: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/htv/schedule.asp NOTE: HTV 1 and HTV 2 will provide live closed captioning. Video archives of meetings streamed on HTV 3, 4, and 5 will have closed captions added. Other reasonable accessibility accommodations may be made with advance notice.

If you have questions about the accessibility of remote hearings or require an accommodation, please contact Jenny Nash at: jenny.nash@house.mn or by leaving a message at 651-296-4122. Please do not contact her with questions about the substance of the meeting agenda.

Meeting documents will be posted on the House Agriculture Finance & Policy Committee website at https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/Committees/Home/92001