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Agriculture Finance and Policy

TENTH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - February 15, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA TENTH 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 1:01 P.M. on Monday, February 15, 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. A quorum was present.

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

Rep. Vang moved to approve adoption of the minutes of the previous meeting. The motion prevailed. The minutes from the February 10, 2021 meeting were adopted.

MDA continued to provide a budget and program review, and responded to member questions.

Administration and Financial Assistance
• Andrea Vaubel, Deputy Commissioner, MDA
County and district agricultural societies
• A.J. Duerr
Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council
• Sarah Dornink, Executive Director
MN Horticultural Society
• Rick Juliusson, Executive Director
Second Harvest Heartland: Farm to Foodshelf program
• Allison O’Toole, Chief Executive Officer

HF 790 (Hanson, J.) Second Harvest Heartland previous appropriation modified, and money appropriated.

Rep. Hanson, J. moved that HF 790 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus Ag Finance bill.
Rep. Hanson, J. presented HF 790.

Testifying:
Allison O’Toole, Chief Executive Officer, Second Harvest Heartland

Rep. Hanson, J. renewed her motion. HF 790 was laid over for further consideration in a future omnibus bill.

Chair Sundin passed the virtual gavel and Vice Chair Vang assumed the Chair at 1:57 P. M.

HF 178 (Sundin) COVID-19; agriculture 2020 appropriation availability modified.

Rep. Sundin moved that HF 178 be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Rep. Sundin presented HF 178.
Peder Kjeseth, Legislative Director, MDA, responded to member questions.

Rep. Sundin renewed his motion that HF 178 be referred to the Ways and Means Committee.

AYES:
SUNDIN
VANG
ANDERSON
BURKEL
ECKLUND
HANSEN, R.
HANSON, J.
KLEVORN
LIPPERT
LUECK
MILLER
NELSON
THOMPSON

NAYS:


There being 13 ayes and 0 nays, the motion prevailed.


Chair Vang adjourned the meeting at 2:04 P.M.





_______________________________
Representative Mike Sundin, Chair





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Kyle Smith, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF178 (Sundin) - COVID-19; agriculture 2020 appropriation availability modified.
  • HF790 (Hanson) - Second Harvest Heartland previous appropriation modified, and money appropriated.
House TV Video:
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02:01 - Continue program/budget reviews.
- MN Department of Agriculture: Administration and Financial Assistance Division.
10:45 - County and district agricultural societies.
18:18 - Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council.
32:52 - MN Horticultural Society.
40:00 - Second Harvest Heartland: Farm to Foodshelf program.
46:04 - HF 790 (Hanson, J.) Second Harvest Heartland previous appropriation modified, and money appropriated.
56:49 - HF 178 (Sundin) COVID-19; agriculture 2020 appropriation availability modified.

Runs 1 hour, 4 mintues


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

Continue program/budget reviews
I. MN Department of Agriculture: Administration and Financial Assistance Division
- County and district agricultural societies
- Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council
- MN Horticultural Society
- Second Harvest Heartland: Farm to Foodshelf program
II. HF 790 (Hanson, J.) Second Harvest Heartland previous appropriation modified, and money appropriated.
III. HF 178 (Sundin) COVID-19; agriculture 2020 appropriation availability modified.

PUBLIC TESTIMONY: Please contact nancy.conley@house.mn by 4:00 PM, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 if you would like to sign up to testify on either bill (testimony may be limited to 2 minutes/person). Written testimony is encouraged and should be submitted by 4:00 PM, Friday to ensure it will be posted on the committee website and provided to members in advance of the hearing.

PUBLIC VIEWING: 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.

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