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Agriculture Finance and Policy

TWENTY-SECOND MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - April 07, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-SECOND 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 Wednesday, April 7, 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 March 24, 2021 meeting were adopted.

HF 1524 (Sundin) Omnibus Agriculture Finance Bill

Chair Sundin provided an overview of the bill and gave remarks on the process.

Chair Sundin moved HF 1524 to get the bill before the committee.

Non-partisan staff provided a walkthrough of the DE2 Amendment and the financial spreadsheet.
• Colbey Sullivan, House Research
• Ken Savary, Fiscal Analyst

Testifying:
Commissioner Thom Petersen, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Lori D. Cox, Owner/Operator, Roots Return Heritage Farm, LLC
Allison O’Toole, CEO, Second Harvest Heartland
Sarah Foltz Jordan, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Xerces Society
Tim Rudnicki, MN Biofuels Association
Kevin George, independent wild game processor
Stu Lourey, MN Farmers Union
Assistant Commissioner Whitney Place and Deputy Commissioner Andrea Vaubel from MDA responded to member questions.

Chair Sundin laid over HF 1524.

Chair Sundin adjourned the meeting at 2:28 P.M.






_______________________________
Representative Mike Sundin, Chair





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Kyle Smith, Committee Legislative Assistant



More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF1524 (Sundin) - Omnibus agriculture bill.
Documents:
House TV Video:
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Introductory comments by the Chair.
05:49 HF1524 (Sundin) Omnibus agriculture finance bill.
- Walk-through of the delete-everything amendment and the spreadsheet.
- Public testimony.


I. *HF 1524 (Sundin) Omnibus Agriculture Finance Bill - Walk through of DE amendment and spreadsheet
II. Public testimony

*The DE amendment/spreadsheet will be posted on the committee website on Monday, April 5th. A walk-through of the DE Amendment/spreadsheet and public testimony will occur on April 7th - no formal action will be taken. Amendment deadline is 8:30 AM, Thursday, April 8th. Mark up of the bill and final action will occur on Friday, April 9th (8:30 AM- Noon).

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, April 6, 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, April 6th 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