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Agriculture Finance and Policy

SEVENTEENTH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - March 10, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA SEVENTEENTH 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 1:46 P.M. on Wednesday, March 10, 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. Nelson moved to approve adoption of the minutes of the previous meeting. The motion prevailed. The minutes from the March 8, 2021 meeting were adopted.

Chair Sundin passed the gavel and Vice Chair Vang assumed the Chair at 1:48 P.M.

HF 1898 (Sundin) MDA Policy Bill

Rep. Vang brought back HF 1898 before the committee and moved that HF 1898 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Rep. Sundin moved the A1 amendment and explained the amendment. The motion prevailed. The A1 amendment was adopted.

Rep. Sundin renewed the motion that HF 1898, as amended, be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

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.

Deputy Commissioner Andrea Vaubel provided an update from MDA on COVID19 vaccination efforts for agricultural workers.

Rep. Sundin reassumed the Chair at 2:02 P.M.

HF1687 (Vang) Agriculture cooperative grant program provided, and rulemaking authorized.

Rep. Vang moved that HF 1687 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus Agriculture Finance bill.

Rep. Vang moved the DE1 amendment and explained it. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Testifying:
Ben Penner, Perennial Promise Growers Cooperative
Miah Ulysse, 40 Acre Co-op
Stu Lourey, Minnesota Farmers Union

Rep. Vang renewed her motion that HF 1687, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus Agriculture Finance bill. HF 1687 was laid over.

HF1543 (Thompson) COVID-19; commercial pesticide applicator licensing exemption provided for sanitizer and disinfectant use.

Rep. Thompson moved that HF 1543 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Rep. Thompson moved the A1 amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Testifying:
Whitney Place, Assistant Commissioner, MDA

Rep. Thompson renewed his motion that HF 1543, as amended, be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

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.

HF 1830 (Petersburg) Local food promotion and education event funding provided, and money appropriated.

Rep. Anderson moved that HF 1830 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus Agriculture Finance bill.

Testifying:
Pam Bishop, Vice President of Economic Development, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Jan Joannides, Executive Director of Renewing the Countryside

Rep. Anderson renewed his motion that HF 1830 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus Agriculture Finance bill. HF 1830 was laid over.

Rep. Vang assumed the Chair at 2:36 P.M.

HF 2037 (Sundin) Agricultural Utilization Research Institute meat scientist funding

Rep. Sundin moved that HF 2037 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus Agriculture Finance bill.

Testifying:
Shannon Schlecht, AURI Executive Director

Rep. Sundin renewed his motion that HF 2037 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus Agriculture Finance bill. HF 2037 was laid over.

Rep. Sundin reassumed the Chair at 2:42 P.M

Chair Sundin adjourned the meeting at 2:42 P.M.





_______________________________
Representative Mike Sundin, Chair





_______________________________
Kyle Smith, Committee Legislative Assistant



More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF1687 (Vang) - Agriculture cooperative grant program provided, and rulemaking authorized.
  • HF1543 (Thompson) - COVID-19; commercial pesticide applicator licensing exemption extended for sanitizer and disinfectant use.
  • HF1898 (Sundin) - Agriculture-related provisions various changes made, and programs modified.
  • HF1830 (Petersburg) - Local food promotion and education event funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF2037 (Sundin) - Agricultural Utilization Research Institute meat scientist funding provided, and money appropriated.
House TV Video:
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02:31 HF1898 (Sundin) Agriculture-related provisions various changes made, programs modified, and data classified.
16:40 HF1687 (Vang) Agriculture cooperative grant program provided, and rulemaking authorized.
31:00 HF1543 (Thompson) COVID-19; commercial pesticide applicator licensing exemption provided for sanitizer and disinfectant use.
36:44 HF1830 (Petersburg) Local food promotion and education event funding provided, and money appropriated.
50:22 HF2037 (Sundin) Agricultural Utilization Research Institute meat scientist funding provided, and money appropriated.


I. *HF 1898 (Sundin) - 2021 Ag Policy bill (final action)
II. HF1687 (Vang) Agriculture cooperative grant program provided, and rulemaking authorized.
III. HF1543 (Thompson) COVID-19; commercial pesticide applicator licensing exemption provided for sanitizer and disinfectant use.
IV. BILL ADDED: HF 1830 (Petersburg) Local food promotion and education event funding provided, and money appropriated.
V. BILL ADDED: HF 2037 (Sundin) Agricultural Utilization Research Institute meat scientist funding

Other bills may be added.

BILL REMOVED: HF1542 (Thompson) COVID-19; commercial pesticide applicator licensing exemption provided for sanitizer and disinfectant use.

*The MDA Ag Policy bill will be heard and testimony taken on 3/8/2021. It will be the vehicle for the 2021 Ag Policy bill. Amendment deadline is 4:00 PM, Tuesday, March 9. Amendments will be considered and final action taken 3/10.

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

PUBLIC TESTIMONY: Please contact nancy.conley@house.mn by 4:00 PM, Tuesday, March 9, 2021 if you would like to sign up to testify (testimony may be limited to 2 minutes/person). Written testimony is encouraged and should be submitted by 4:00 PM, March 9th 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