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Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy Division

THIRTY-SEVENTH MEETING

2019-2020 Regular Session - April 28, 2020

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

AGRICULTURE & FOOD FINANCE & POLICY DIVISION

MINUTES

Representative Jeanne Poppe, Chair of the Division, called the virtual meeting to order at 9:45AM on April 28th, 2020 pursuant to House rule 10.01. The meeting was broadcast via UberConference and House Public Information Services.

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
TABKE, Brad
VANG, Samantha
WAZLAWIK, Ami

Members excused:

MILLER, Tim
POSTON, John

A quorum was present.

Representative Brand moved the minutes from March 12th, 2020.

The motion prevailed.

Informational hearing on HF 4538.

Testimony provided by:
• Peder Kjeseth, Director of Government Relations, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
• Paul Hugunin, Director of Agriculture Marketing & Development Division, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Chair Poppe moved HF 4285 in front of the division.

Walk through of the H4285DE1 amendment to HF 4285.

Testimony provided by:
• Colbey Sullivan, Staff Coordinator, House Nonpartisan Research Department
• Ken Savary, Fiscal Analyst, House Nonpartisan Fiscal Analysis Department
• Peder Kjeseth, Director of Government Relations, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Update on the impact of COVID-19 on agriculture in Minnesota.

Testimony provided by:
• Thom Petersen, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
• Dr. Beth Thompson, Executive Director, Board of Animal Health

HF 4285 was laid over for future consideration.

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:
  • 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.
  • HF4538 (Poppe) - Farm safety grant and outreach program established; farm and rural mental health services funding increased; policy and technical changes made to provisions regarding farm products, loans, and food; and money appropriated.
House TV Video:
View Archive

• This meeting held in accordance with House Rule 10.01 •.
03:06 - Informational hearing on the language provisions contained in HF4538 (Poppe) Farm safety grant and outreach program established; farm and rural mental health services funding increased; policy and technical changes made to provisions regarding farm products, loans, and food; and money appropriated.
14:58 - Walk-through of DE Amendment to HF4285 (Poppe) Agriculture Policy bill.
52:03 - COVID-19 update from Department of Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen and Board of Animal Health Executive Director, Doctor Beth Thompson.
Runs 1 hour, 30 minutes.


This audio remote hearing is taking place under Rule 10.01, which you may view here: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/cco/rules/permrule/1001.htm

I. Informational hearing on the language provisions contained in HF 4538 (Poppe) Farm safety grant and outreach program established; farm and rural mental health services funding increased; policy and technical changes made to provisions regarding farm products, loans, and food; and money appropriated.
II. Walk through of DE Amendment to HF 4285 (Poppe) Agriculture Policy Bill
III. COVID-19 update from MDA Commissioner Thom Petersen and BAH Executive Director Dr. Beth Thompson

*NOTES: The DE amendment will be posted in advance of the meeting and staff will walk through it. Member questions will be entertained. No other amendments will be considered or votes taken.

Written public testimony on the posted DE amendment is invited. Please submit testimony to nancy.conley@house.mn by noon on Wednesday, April 29. The testimony will be provided to members and posted on the division website. If other accommodations are necessary, please contact staff at the above email.

Amendments to the DE are due by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 29 for final action on Thursday, April 30.

This remote hearing may be accessed live via the following methods:
1) Live stream via House website: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/live/1
2) Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/MNHouseInfo/
3) YouTube: https://youtu.be/RpbRvaeDjdc

Meeting documents will be posted on the Agriculture & Food Finance and Policy Division website at https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/Committees/Home/91015

The MN House of Representatives is currently working on establishing the processes and technology that allow remote meetings to be held that are accessible to the public. We expect many refinements to come over the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience as we adapt.