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Agriculture Finance and Policy

THIRTIETH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - Wednesday, February 16, 2022

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRTIETH 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, February 16, 2022, 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

Excused:
THOMPSON, John

Rep. Miller moved to approve adoption of the minutes of the previous meeting. The motion prevailed. The minutes from the February 14, 2022 meeting were adopted.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture provided an update on Rural Finance Authority loan programs.

Testifying:
Matt McDevitt, Ag Finance Supervisor, Finance & Budget, MDA

HF 3081 (Swedzinski) Appropriating money to expedite Rural Finance Authority loan processing.

Rep. Lueck moved that HF 3081 to be laid over for future consideration.

Testifying:
Alexa Swedzinski
Brent Kelsey, Compeer Financial
Stu Lourey, Minnesota Farmers Union
Amber Glaeser, MN Farm Bureau

Chair Sundin laid over HF 3081.

Chair Sundin passed the virtual gavel and Vice Chair Vang assumed the Chair at 1:25 P.M.

HF 3420 (Sundin) Appropriating money for grants and financial assistance to livestock farmers and crop producers impacted by drought; appropriating money to the Rural Finance Authority revolving loan account for drought relief.

Rep. Sundin moved that HF 3420 be recommended to be referred to the Committee on Ways & Means.

Rep. Sundin moved the H3420DE1 amendment and explained it to the committee.

Testifying:
Thom Petersen, Commissioner, MN Dept. of Agriculture
Stu Lourey, MN Farmers Union
Liz Dwyer, Dancing the Land Farm, Clearwater
Miles Kuschel, Cass County rancher
Krist Wollum, Legislative Committee Chair, MN Cattlemen's Association

Rep. Hansen, R. moved the amendment coded H3420A5 and explained it. The motion prevailed. The A5 amendment to the DE1 amendment was adopted.

Rep. Anderson moved the amendment coded H3420A7. The motion prevailed. The A7 amendment to the DE1 was adopted.

Rep. Anderson moved the amendment coded H3420A8. The motion did not prevail. The A8 amendment was not adopted.

Vice Chair Vang moved the DE1 amendment, as amended. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Sundin renewed his motion that HF 3420, as amended, be recommended to be referred to the Committee on Ways & Means.

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

There being 12 ayes and 0 nays, the motion prevailed. HF 3420, as amended, was referred with recommendation to the Committee on Ways & Means.

Vice Chair Vang passed the virtual gavel and Chair Sundin reassumed the Chair at 2:18 P.M.

Chair Sundin adjourned the meeting at 2:19 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:
  • HF3081 (Swedzinski) - Rural Finance Authority loan processing expedite funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF3420 (Sundin) - Drought relief funding provided, cooperative grants established for farmers, farm down payment assistance grants established, soil health financial assistance pilot program established, policy and technical changes made to agricultural provisions, previous appropriations modified, broadband line extension program established, lower population density pilot program established, reports required, and money appropriated.
House TV Video:
View Archive

01:46 - Rural Finance Authority loan program update.
12:29 - HF3081 (Swedzinski) Rural Finance Authority loan processing expedite funding provided, and money appropriated.
25:13 - HF3420 (Sundin) Livestock farmers and crop producers impacted by draught provided funding for grants and financial assistance, and money appropriated to the Rural Finance Authority revolving loan account for drought relief.
Runs 1 hour, 19 minutes.


I. Update on Rural Finance Authority loan programs
-Matt McDevitt, Ag Finance Supervisor, Finance & Budget

II. HF 3081 (Swedzinski) Appropriating money to expedite Rural Finance Authority loan processing.
-Alexa Swedzinski
-Brent Kelsey, Compeer Financial
-Stu Lourey, Minnesota Farmers Union
-Amber Hanson Glaeser, MN Farm Bureau

III. HF 3420 (Sundin) Appropriating money for grants and financial assistance to livestock farmers and crop producers impacted by drought; appropriating money to the Rural Finance Authority revolving loan account for drought relief
-Thom Petersen, Commissioner, MN Dept. of Agriculture
-Stu Lourey, MN Farmers Union
-Robert Siltanen, Siltanen Farms, Carlton County
-Liz Dwyer, Dancing the Land Farm, Clearwater
-Miles Kuschel, Cass County rancher
-Krist Wollum, Legislative Committee Chair, MN Cattlemen's Association

PUBLIC TESTIMONY: If you would like to sign up to testify, email Nancy.conley@house.mn no later than 4:30 PM, Tuesday, February 15. Depending on the number of people who sign up, testimony may be limited to 2 minutes/per person. Please use the same email and deadline to submit written testimony (in PDF file format).

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

AMENDMENTS: Deadline for amendments is 1:00 PM, Tuesday, February 15.

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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