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Agriculture Finance and Policy

FOURTH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - January 25, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA FOURTH 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 25, 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.

Rep. Nelson moved to approve adoption of the minutes of the previous meeting. The motion prevailed. The minutes from the January 20, 2021 meeting were adopted.

Overview of Farmer-Lender Mediation Program
• Mary Nell Preisler, Statewide Mediation Coordinator, UMN Extension

HF 80 (Lippert) Farmer-Lender Mediation Period Extended

The Chair noted his intention to lay the bill over for future consideration.

Rep. Lippert moved HF 80.

Rep. Lippert moved the A1 amendment and explained it. The motion was approved. The amendment was adopted.

Public testimony
• Connie Dykes, farmer and MDA Farm Advocate
• Gary Wertish, President, MN Farmers Union
• Bonnie Haugen, Dairy farmer, Canton, MN, Land Stewardship Project Member Leader
• David Krause, Pioneer Bank and Immediate Past Chair of the Minnesota Bankers Association

Mary Nell Preisler, responded to questions.

Rep. Anderson moved the A2 amendment and explained it. The motion did not prevail. The amendment was not adopted.

Chair Sundin laid over HF 80.


Overview of Rural Finance Authority program
• Matt McDevitt, RFA Supervisor, MDA



Chair Sundin adjourned the meeting at 2:24 P.M.





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Representative Mike Sundin, Chair





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Kyle Smith, Committee Legislative Assistant


More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF80 (Lippert) - Farmer-Lender Mediation Act extended, time period that creditors cannot enforce eligible debts increased, and mediation period increased.
House TV Video:
View Archive

02:02 Farmer-Lender Mediation presentation.
21:43 HF 80 (Lippert) Farmer-lender mediation period extended.
56:21 Rural Finance Authority presentation.

Runs 1 hour, 25 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. Farmer-Lender Mediation program presentation
- Mary Nell Preisler, Statewide Mediation Coordinator, UMN Extension
II. HF 80 (Lippert) Farmer-lender mediation period extended
III. Rural Finance Authority presentation
- Matt McDevitt, RFA Supervisor

Please contact nancy.conley@house.mn by 4 PM, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 if you would like to sign up to testify on HF 80 (testimony may be limited to 1-2 minutes). Written testimony is encouraged and should be submitted by 9:00 AM, Monday to ensure it will be posted on the committee website and provided to members in advance of the hearing. Additional testimony, for up to 24 hours after a hearing concludes, will also be accepted and posted on the committee’s webpage and emailed to committee members.

This remote hearing may be viewed via the House webcast schedule page: 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