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Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy Division

THIRTY-FIFTH MEETING

2019-2020 Regular Session - March 10, 2020

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

AGRICULTURE & FOOD FINANCE & POLICY DIVISION

MINUTES

Representative Jeanne Poppe, member of the Division, called the meeting to order at 9:45 AM on March 10th, 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 March 7th, 2020.

The motion prevailed.

Representative Lippert moved that HF 3558 be recommended to be referred to the Committee on Government Operations.

Representative Lippert moved the H3558A1 amendment for approval.

The motion prevailed.

Testimony provided by:
• Gary Wertish, President, Minnesota Farmers Union

Representative Lippert renewed his motion that that HF 3558 as amended be recommended to be referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations.

The motion prevailed.

Representative Wazlawik moved that HF 4003 be laid over for future consideration.

Testimony provided by:
• Josh VanDerPol, Farmer, Pastures a Plenty Farm

Representative Wazlawik renewed her motion that HF 4003 be laid over for future consideration.

Vice Chair Brand assumed the gavel at 10:10AM

Representative Poppe moved that HF 3991 be laid over for future consideration.

Testimony provided by:
• Laura Lemke, Executive Director, Minnesota Grain and Feed Association

Representative Poppe renewed her motion that HF 3991 be laid over for future consideration.

Chair Poppe reassumed the gavel at 10:14AM.

Chair Poppe moved HF 4285 in front of the division.

Chair Poppe moved the H4285A1 amendment to HF 4285.

Testimony provided by:
• Peder Kjeseth, Director of Government Relations, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
• Dr. Nicole Neeser, Division Director, Dairy & Meat Inspection, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
• Denise Thiede, Section Manager, Plant Protection, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
• Nick Milanowski, Section Manager, Plant Protection, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

HF 4285 was laid over for future consideration.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:41AM.



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Representative Jeanne Poppe, Chair



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Carl Kaase, Committee Legislative Assistant


More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF3558 (Lippert) - Agriculture; advanced grant payments encouraged to certain persons, emerging farmers working group established, maximum loan amount under the pilot agricultural microloan program doubled, Noxious Weed Advisory Committee membership modified, processing defined for purposes of hemp law, hemp rulemaking authority modified, and changes to seed law made.
  • HF3991 (Poppe) - Grain buyer contract dates modified.
  • HF4003 (Wazlawik) - Meat processing recommendations report required, and money appropriated.
  • HF4285 (Poppe) - Agriculture; various provisions modified relating to perishable farm products, seed law, noxious weed law, hemp, farming, loans, plant shipment, pet food, food, eggs, grain, and others; data classified; rulemaking authority modified; veterinarian immunity provided; reports required; and recommendations required.
Documents:

I. HF 3558 (Lippert) Agricultural microloan pilot program maximum loan amount doubled.
II. HF 4003 (Wazlawik) Meat processing recommendations report required, and money appropriated.
III. HF3991 (Poppe) Grain buyer contract dates modified.
IV. HF4285 (Poppe) MDA Policy bill