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Agriculture Policy

TENTH MEETING

2013-2014 Regular Session - February 27, 2013

STATE OF MINNESOTA TENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-EIGHTH SESSION

COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE POLICY
Chair, Representative Jeanne Poppe

MINUTES

Representative Poppe, Chair of Committee on Agriculture Policy, called the meeting to order at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in Room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
Poppe, Chair
Faust, Vice Chair
Hamilton, Lead
Anderson, P.
Dill
Erickson, R.
Falk
FitzSimmons
Johnson, C.
Kiel
Kresha
McNamar
Nornes
Petersburg
Wagenius

Members excused:
Fritz

A quorum was present.

Representative Faust moved approval of the minutes from Thursday, February 21, 2013. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Charlie Poster, Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, testified on the Biofuels Advisory Task Force.

Peter Brickweddle, Director of Government Affairs, Department of Commerce, testified on ethanol mandates and fuel blending.

Brian Kletscher, CEO Highwater Ethanol & Chair of Minnesota Biofuels Association, testified on water usage in ethanol plants.

Greta Gauthier, Director of Government Relations, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, testified on waste water re-use in ethanol production.

Representative Faust assumed the gavel at 8:51 a.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

Representative Poppe introduced HF 462 (Poppe), biofuel use mandate, and moved that it be approved and re-referred to the committee on Government Operations.

Representative Poppe moved that amendment H0462A1 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Colbey Sulivan, House Research, gave an overview of HF 462 as well as H0462A1.

Adam Schubert, Butamax Advanced Biofuels, testified in support of HF 462 as amended.

Brian Kletscher, CEO of Highwater Ethanol and Chair of the Minnesota Biofuels Association, testified in support of HF 462 as amended.

Valerie Jerich, MN Ethanol Producers Association & Minnesota Corn Growers Association testified in support of HF 462 as amended.

Brendan Jordan, Director of Bio-Energy and Transportation, Great Plains Institute, testified in support of HF 462 as amended.

Matthew Lemke, Flint Hills Resources, testified on HF 462.

Representative Poppe renewed her motion that HF 462 as amended be approved and re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2013.




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Representative Jeanne Poppe, Chair



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Ethan Vogel, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF462 (Poppe) - Cellulosic ethanol production goal sunset date provided, definitions established, ethanol minimum content requirement converted to a biofuel requirement, petroleum replacement goal expanded, biofuels task force required, and E20 mandate language repealed.

NextGen Energy Board: Report from the Biofuels Advisory Task Force.