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Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy

FIRST JOINT MEETING - AGRICULTURE FINANCE AND POLICY COMMITTEE

2021-2022 Regular Session - February 05, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA FIRST JOINT MEETING HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-SECOND SESSION

AGRICULTURE FINANCE AND POLICY COMMITTEE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES FINANCE & POLICY COMMITTEE
Joint Hearing on Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) efforts in Minnesota

Representative Mike Sundin, Chair of the Agriculture Finance and Policy Committee, called the virtual meeting of the joint committees to order at 8:31 A.M. on Friday, February 5, 2021, pursuant to House rule 10.01. The meeting was broadcast via Zoom and House Public Information Services.
The Committee Legislative Assistants noted the roll. A quorum was present. Members present:
SUNDIN, Mike (Chair) HANSEN, Rick (Chair) VANG, Samantha (Vice Chair)
WAZLAWIK, Ami (Vice Chair) ANDERSON, Paul (Republican Lead) HEINTZEMAN, Josh (Republican Lead) ACOMB, Patty
AKLAND, Susan BACKER, Jeff BECKER-FINN, Jamie BURKEL, John ECKLUND, Rob
FISCHER, Peter GREEN, Steve HANSON, Jessica IGO, Spencer JORDAN, Sydney LEE, Fue LIPPERT, Todd LUECK, Dale MILLER, Tim MORRISON, Kelly
NELSON, Nathan THOMPSON, John

Members excused: KEELER, Heather KLEVORN, Ginny THEIS, Tama

EAB overview from Dept. of Agriculture, Dept. of Natural Resources and MN Pollution Control Agency
• Mark Abrahamson, MDA, Plant Protection Division Director
• Amy Kay Kerber, DNR, Forestry Legislative Affairs and Outreach Supervisor
• David Benke, MPCA, Director, Resource Management and Assistance Division

Presentation from Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee
• Karen Zumach, Director of Community Forestry

EAB research presentation from the University of Minnesota MN Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center
• Rob Venette, USDA Forest Service & MITPPC Director

Presentation on Wood Waste
• Ken Smith, District Energy

Agency officials and organizations responded to member questions throughout the meeting. Representative Hansen adjourned the meeting at 10:08 A.M.



Representative Mike Sundin, Chair



Representative Rick Hansen, Chair



Kyle Smith, Committee Legislative Assistant



Adam Kopel, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..

Joint Hearing with the Agriculture Finance and Policy Committee

Informational overview on Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) efforts in Minnesota.

This remote hearing is taking place pursuant to Rule 10.01, which you may view here: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/cco/rules/permrule/permrule.asp

This remote hearing may be viewed via the House webcast schedule page: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/htv/schedule.asp NOTE: HTV 1 and HTV 2 will provide live closed captioning. Video archives of meetings streamed on HTV 3, 4, and 5 will have closed captions added. Other reasonable accessibility accommodations may be made with advance notice.

If you have questions about the accessibility of remote hearings or require an accommodation, please contact Jenny Nash at: jenny.nash@house.mn or by leaving a message at 651-296-4122. Please do not contact her with questions about the substance of the meeting agenda.

Any meeting documents will be posted on the House Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy committee website at https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/Committees/Home/92007 and the Agriculture Finance and Policy committee website at https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/Committees/Home/92001

This hearing is for informational purposes only. If you would like to submit written testimony on this topic, please email OCR compliant documents to Peter.Strohmeier@house.mn and Nancy.Conley@house.mn by 4:00 pm Thursday, February 4, 2021 so they can be posted to committee websites and shared with members in advance of the hearing