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Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy Division

THIRTY-FIRST MEETING

2019-2020 Regular Session - February 25, 2020

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRTY-FIRST MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-FIRST SESSION

AGRICULTURE & FOOD FINANCE & POLICY DIVISION

MINUTES

Representative Rob Ecklund, member of the Division, called the meeting to order at 9:45 AM on February 25th, 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 Lippert moved the minutes from February 20th, 2020.

The motion prevailed.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture update on meat processing/meat inspectors:
• Dr. Nicole Neeser, Dairy & Meat Inspection Division Director, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
• Peder Kjeseth, Director of Government Relations, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

University of Minnesota report on Kosher and Halal meat:
• Anne Dybsetter, Executive Director, Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
• Ariel Kagan, Strategy & Innovation Specialist, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
• Maryan Abdinur, Food, Land and Community Program Lead, Hope Community Inc.

Chair Poppe assumed the gavel at 10:44 AM.

Representative Anderson moved that HF 3458 be recommended to be rereferred to the Division on Capital Investment Finance.

Representative Anderson moved the A20-0650 amendment to HF 3458.

The motion prevailed.

Testimony provided by:
• Representative John Petersburg
• Jessica Rollins, Executive Director, Farmamerica

Representative Anderson renewed his motion that HF 3458 as amended be recommended to be rereferred to the Division on Capital Investment Finance.

The motion prevailed.

Representative Lippert moved that HF 3420 be laid over for future consideration.

Testimony provided by:
• Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, CEO, Regenerative Agriculture Alliance
• Stu Lourey, Government Relations Director, Minnesota Farmers Union
• Felipe Illescas, Legislative & Policy Director, Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs

Representative Lippert renewed his motion that HF 3420 be laid over for future consideration.

HF 3420 was laid over for future consideration.

The motion prevailed.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:16AM.



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Representative Jeanne Poppe, Chair


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Carl Kaase, Committee Legislative Assistant


More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF3420 (Lippert) - Poultry processing plant and associated industrial park planning grant funding provided, report required, and money appropriated.
  • HF3458 (Petersburg) - Farmamerica grant funding provided, and money appropriated.

I. MN Department of Agriculture update on meat processing/meat inspectors
- Dr. Nicole Neeser, Dairy & Meat Inspection Division Director

II. University of Minnesota report on Kosher and Halal meat
-Anne Dybsetter, Executive Director, Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
-Ariel Kagan, MDA Strategy & Innovation Specialist
-Maryan Abdinur, Food, Land and Community Program Lead at Hope Community Inc.

III. HF 3420 (Lippert) Poultry processing plant and associated industrial park planning grant funding provided, report required, and money appropriated.
-Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, CEO, Regenerative Agriculture Alliance
-Stu Lourey, MN Farmers Union
-Felipe Illescas, Legislative & Policy Director, MN Council on Latino Affairs

IV. HF 3458 (Petersburg) Farmamerica grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
-Jessica Rollins, Farmamerica


Other bills may be added