.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 2456 as follows:
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"Sec. 5. AGRICULTURAL PERENNIALS AND COVER CROPS TASK FORCE.
1.4(a) The commissioner of agriculture must convene a task force to identify
1.5opportunities to generate biomass for advanced biofuel and renewable chemical production
1.6from agricultural perennials and cover crops. The task force also must identify any
1.7existing or foreseeable constraints and recommend solutions to each identified constraint.
1.8(b) The task force must consist of representatives of the Board of Water and Soil
1.9Resources, the department of natural resources, three statewide farm organizations, an
1.10environmental organization, a conservation or wildlife organization, a organization with
1.11expertise in advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals, and at least two University of
1.12Minnesota representatives with expertise in applied economics, agricultural perennials,
1.13cover crops, or the production and harvest of agricultural biomass for renewable energy
1.15(c) No later than January 14, 2015, the task force must submit a report including its
1.16findings and recommendations to the chairs and ranking minority members of the senate and
1.17house of representatives committees with jurisdiction over agricultural policy and finance.
1.18(d) For purposes of this section, "agricultural perennials" means alfalfa and perennial
1.19native prairie grasses and forbs including but not limited to switchgrass, indiangrass,
1.20and big bluestem.