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Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy Division

TWENTY-NINTH MEETING

2019-2020 Regular Session - February 18, 2020

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-NINTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-FIRST SESSION

AGRICULTURE & FOOD FINANCE & POLICY DIVISION

MINUTES

Representative Jeanne Poppe, Chair of the Division, called the meeting to order at 9:45 AM on February 18th, 2020, in Room 200 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

POPPE, Jeanne, CHAIR
BRAND, Jeff, VICE CHAIR
HAMILTON, Rod, Republican LEAD
ANDERSON, Paul
ECKLUND, Rob
HANSEN, Rick
KIEL, Debra
KLEVORN, Ginny
LIPPERT, Todd
LUECK, Dale
MILLER, Tim
POSTON, John
TABKE, Brad
VANG, Samantha
WAZLAWIK, Ami

A quorum was present.

Representative Brand moved the minutes from February 13th, 2020.

The motion prevailed.

Update on the state of dairy in Minnesota:
• Dave Buck, President, Minnesota Milk Producers
• Fran Miron, Dairy Producer of the Year
• Lucas Sjostrom, Executive Director, Minnesota Milk Producers

Informational presentation on HF 2959 (Poppe) and Rural Finance Authority status report on funding levels:
• Matt McDevitt, Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Rural Finance Authority

Public testimony by:
• Stu Lourey, Government Relations Director, Minnesota Farmers Union
• Josie Lonetti, Associate Director of Public Policy, Minnesota Farm Bureau

Informational presentation on HF 3309 (Vang):
• Gary Horvath, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Lab Director
• Wayne Waslaski, Director, Real Estate and Construction Services, Minnesota Department of Administration

Vice Chair Brand assumed the Chair at 10:56 AM

Representative Poppe moved HF 3296 to be recommended to be referred to the Capital Investment Committee.
• David Preisler, CEO, Minnesota Pork Producers Association

Chair Poppe renewed her motion that HF 3296 be recommended to be referred to the Capital Investment Committee.

The motion prevailed.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:16 AM.





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Representative Jeanne Poppe, Chair


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Carl Kaase, Committee Legislative Assistant


More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF2959 (Poppe) - Rural Finance Authority funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF3309 (Vang) - Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Health Laboratory Building renovation funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF3296 (Poppe) - Veterinary diagnostic laboratory equipment funding provided, and money appropriated.

I. Update on the state of dairy in MN
- Dave Buck, President, MN Milk Producers
- Fran Miron, Dairy Producer of the Year
- Lucas Sjostrom, Executive Director, MN Milk
II. Rural Finance Authority status report on funding levels
- Matt McDevitt, Supervisor, MDA Rural Finance Authority
III. HF 2959 (Poppe) Rural Finance Authority funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated. Informational hearing only.
IV. HF 3309 (Vang) MN Dept. of Agriculture/Dept. of Health joint lab renovation funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated. Informational hearing only.
- Gary Horvath, MDA Lab Director
V. HF 3296 (Poppe) Veterinary diagnostic laboratory equipment funding provided, and money appropriated.
- David Preisler, CEO, MN Pork Producers Association