House Agriculture Finance Committee  3/24/17

House Agriculture Finance Committee 3/24/17


>>MOVE THE MINUTES FOR MARCH 22. ANY DISCUSSION ON THAT? HEARING NONE ALL IN FAVOR; AYE. OPPOSED? MOTION PREVAILS. MEMBERS; WE’LL JUMP RIGHT INTO THIS. I KNOW THERE IS ANOTHER COMMITTEE HEARING GOING ON AND JUST WANTED TO AEVD EVERYBODY KNOW IF ANYBODY ON THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE NEEDS TO TAKE OFF TO GO TAKE A VOTE; ROLL CALL VOTE OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT; SIMPLY LET ME KNOW AND I’LL HONOR THAT. WE’LL JUST CUT FOR A BREAK OR RECESS AND LET YOU RUN DOWN AND VOTE AND COME BACK. MEMBERS; WE HAVE-I WILL MOVE HOUSE FILE 895 AS AMENDED. TOOK UP THE DE AMENDMENT WEDNESDAY AND IT WAS PASSED. WE DO HAVE 4 AMENDMENTS; MEMBERS. THE FIRST AMENDMENT IS I’LL TAKE UP WILL BE HOUSE FILE-THE A 5 AMENDMENT. IT IS IN YOUR PACKET. WHAT THE A 5 AMENDMENT DOES IS ONE; AS WE DISCUSED AROUND URBAN AGRICULTURE IT IS STRIKING DEVELOPING URBAN AG AND INSERT URBAN AGRICULTURE EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT. I SPOKE ABOUT REPRESENTATIVE CLARK ABOUT THIS AND REPRESENTATIVE CLARK WAS OKAY WITH THIS LANGUAGE AS OF YESTERDAY. THE OTHER PORTION IS ON 1.1 IS COMMISSIONER WILL SUBMIT A REPORT DETAILING THE AGENCIES BASE BUDGET. IT I DID SPEAK WITH THE AGENCY YESTERDAY AND LOOKING FROM THIS PLACE I BELIEVE THEY ARE OKAY WITH THAT LANGUAGE AS WELL. THE OTHER TWO SECTIONS; 6 AND 7 ARE TECHNICAL CHANGES OUTLINED BY STAFF AND ONE IS CHANGING THE WORD TRANSFER TO APPROPRIATED; RIGHT? OKAY. ANY QUESTIONS ON THE A 5 AMENDMENT? REPRESENTATIVE BLY.>>REPRESENTATIVE BLY: I DON’T DISAGREE WITH WHAT YOU ARE DOING HERE; I JUST-IT OCCURS TO ME THAT PERHAPS TAKING OUT THE WORDS DEVELOPING URBAN AGRICULTURE MAY DEMINSH THE OVERALL EFFORT AND THE LANGUAGE YOU ARE USING IS INCLUSIVE AND IMPORTANT THINGS TO RECOGNIZE; I WONDER IF YOU JUST LEFT DEVELOPING URBAN AGRICULTURE AND ADDED THAT OTHER LANGUAGE IF THAT WOULD KEEP IT-WE WANT TO INVEST AND PROMOTE URBAN AGRICULTURE IN GENERAL. I JUST RAISE THE QUESTION; IF YOU DON’T WANT TO DO THAT THAT IS OKAY WITH ME; IT JUST STRUCK ME THAT HAPPENED.>>CHAIR: I BELIEVE WE ARE CAPTURING THAT INTENT IN THE SECOND PART URBAN AGRICULTURE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. IF EVERYBODY IS OKAY I WILL MOVE THE WAY IT IS CURRENTLY AND WORK WITH YOURSELF AND REPRESENTATIVE CLARK AS WE MOVE FORWARD IF YOU ARE OKAY WITH THAT. THE OTHER PART I MISSED IS LINE 1.5 AND THIS WAS MY ERROR WHEN WE PRESENTED THE BILL. WE ARE DELETED 4 AND INSERTING 4.5. THAT WAS THE ORIGERAL LANGUAGE THE DEPARTMENT USES FOR ADMINISTRATIVE CAUSE TO THE AGRE ACCOUNT AND WANT TO SAY NOW I HAD A VERY GOOD CONVERSATION WITH ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER TO UNDERSTAND THE NEED FOR ADDITIONAL DOLLARS AND WE ARE WORKING BACK AND FORTH FOR CLARITY ON THAT. I KNOW THERE IS INFORMATION ON THAT. THE SENATE HAS THE FULL REQUEST OF 6.5 SO THE DEPARTMENT IS MET IN THE SENATE AS FAR AS THE NEEDS IN THE SENATE. I WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE IT AT 4.5 NOW; LET ME REVIEW THE INFORMATION THAT YOU SUBMIT JD YOU HAVE MY WORD WE’LL CONTINUE WORKING ON THIS AND ALSO WANT YOU TO TAKE ABOUT THE INDIVIDUALS WORKING ON THIS; WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF RESPECT FOR THEM AND APPRECIATE ALL THEY ARE DOING; SO AGAIN CHANGING IT BACK TO 4.5; APOLOGIZE FOR THE ERROR AND I’LL CONTINUE WORK WG YOU ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER AND OTHERS. WITH THAT MEMBERS ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THE A 5 AMENDMENT? HEARING NONE ALL IN FAVOR; AYE. OPPOSED? MOTION PREVAILS. MEMBERS; NEXT WE HAVE UP THE A 4 AMENDMENT. REPRESENTATIVE POPPE AND THE A 4 AMENDMENT.>>REPRESENTATIVE POPPY: . THANK YOU MR. CHAIR AND APPRECIATE YOU INCLUDED MONEY FOR THE FARM AGGREGATE PROGRAM. I ACTUALLY JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY ON THE LANGUAGE. CERTAINLY AS WE HEARD THE TESTIMONY ABOUT THE FARM ADVOCATES THEY DO A REALLY A GREAT JOB MEET ING WITH PEOPLE AND DO A LOT OF IT IN THE KITCHENS OF THEIR HOME AND ACTUALLY TRAVEL SOME AND DO-THEY ARE JUST AVAILABLE ALL MOST 24/7 I THINK; 365 AND THAT KIND OF WORK IS VERY IMPORTANT TO OUR FARMERS AS WELL. THIS WOULD ALLOW FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE FARM ADVOCATES PROGRAM AND ALSO INCREASE THE COMPENSATION FOR THOSE FARM ADVOCATES. I THINK THE INTENTION WAS TO REALLY ALLOW THEM TO MAYBE GET A LITTLE MORE OF A BUMP FOR COMPENSATION BECAUSE IF AND WHEN WE ARE ABLE TO EXPAND IT; I’M NOT SURE YOU GET THE SAME QUALITY OF PERSON TO COME FORWARD AND SAY THEY WANT TO DO THAT WORK WITH WHAT THEY ARE CURRENTLY BEING COMPENSATED SO IT IS JUST A CLARIFICATION THAT ALLOWS FOR THAT TO BE PART OF THE MONEY BEING USED.>>CHAIR: THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE POPPE; MOVES THE A 4 AMENDMENT. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? I DO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND WITH THAT; HEARING NO OTHER QUESTIONS; REPRESENTATIVE POPPE RENEWS THE MOTION TO ADOPT THE A 4 AMENDMENT. ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. OPPOSED? MOTION PREVAILS. NEXT MEMBERS; WE HAVE THE A 1 AMENDMENT. THIS IS REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON. REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON MOVES THE A 1 AMENDMENT.>>REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON: LIKE TO MOVE THE A 1 AMENDMENT AND MEMBERS; YOU RECALL THAT SOME OF US SAW THIS TWICE; BUT THE FARM SAFETY BILL WENT THROUGH-I FORGET THE NUMBER;TONY 92 OR 119 2; AND THE BILL WAS TO ESTABLISH THE FARM SAFETY WORKING GROUP WHICH WAS REALLY THE GROUP THAT IS MEETING ON A AD-HOC BASIS TO ADVISE HOW TO AMOVE AHEAD ON FARM SAFETY AND ALSO INCLUDED SEED MONEY FOR GROUP JZ AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS YOUTH AND AFFILIATED GROUPS TO GET GOING ON FARM SAFETY AND IT WAS TO ESTABLISH AT UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA TO COORDINATE THE WORK ON FARM SAFETY. THE SPENDING PROVISIONERIZE ARE NOT IN THIS BILL OBVIOUSLY AND I WISH THEY WERE BUT I UNDERSTAND THEY ARE NOT AND I ACCEPT THAT. THE BILL WAS MOVED TO THE HIGHER ED COMMITTEE FOR THE EXTENSION POSITION AND IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING IT IS NOT IN THAT BILL AS WELL. SO; I THINK WE HAVE KIND OF SLOWED DOWN ON THE FARM SAFETY AND GIVEN THE DATA AND THE SITUATION AND FRANKLY THE TRAGEDY ASSOCIATED WITH FARM SAFETY I DON’T THINK IT IS A GOOD IDEA FOR THIS LEGISLATURE TO COMPLETELY PUT THE BREAKS ON IT BEYOND THE ROLL OF THE PROGRAM. THIS IS A LARGER ISSUE THAN THAT. MY EFFORT TODAY IS ESTABLISH THE FARM SAFETY GROUP. ALL EVIDENCE I SAW IN REGARDS TO THE WORK WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND MAKE RECOMMENDATION WE SAW THE REPORT AND THOUGHT IT WAS A EXCELLENT REPORT; I THINK THEY GAVE THE LEGISLATURE A STRONG SET OF IDEAS FROM WHICH TO WORK. I WISH WE WERE MAKING MORE PROGRESS BUT I THINK IN THE LEAST WE SHOULD STAB IN LAW THIS GROUP TO KEEP WORK{MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS AND IDENTIFYING AREAS WHERE WE NEED TO ADDRESS TO MAKE SURE THERE IS BETTER SAFETY ON THE FARMT. THIS EFFECTS FAMILIES AND A LOT GOING ON AND SO I ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE A 1 AMENDMENT.>>CHAIR: ANY DISCUSSION ON THE A 1 AMENDMENT; MEMBERS?>>CHAIR ANER SON: THANK YOU MR.; CHAIR. I THANK REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON BRINGING THIS FORWARD AND AGREE THE SAFETY ON FARM AND AGRICULTURE IS VERY IMPORTANT. THERE WAS SOME AN EST AMONG FOLKS ESTABLISHING ANOTHER COMMITTEE AND ASK THE REPRESENTATIVE IS THERE A SUN SET? I SEE IT EXPIRES 2021 BUT YOU SEE THIS AS A ONGOING COMMITTEE?>>I DO SEE IT AS A ONGOING MITTY BUT THERE IS A SUN SET. IT GIVES US A OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE A LOOK AT IT IN A FEW YEARS; SEE IF THEY ARE DOING THEIR JUB AND PRODUCTIVE AND THAT SORT OF THING. I THINK WE WILL FIND IT IS PRODUCTIVE. FARM SAFETY DOESN’T GO AWAY; IT CHANGES AS TECHNOLOGY CHANGING. FARM SAFETY IN 1880 IS DIFFERENT THAN TODAY BUT IT DOESN’T GO AWAY AND IT IS A DANGEROUS PROFESSION SO THE WORK OF THIS COMMITTEE CAN HELP YOU KNOW; JUST HELP PROMOTE SAFETY ON THE FARM AND THINK THAT’S A GOOD IDEA.>>CHAIR ANDERSON: JUST REITERATE MY SUPPORT FOR THE PROGRAM.>>CHAIR: ANY OTHER DISCUSSION MEMBERS? HEARING NONE; REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON RENEWS THE MOTION FOR A 1 AMENDMENT. ALL IN FAVOR; AYE. OPPOSED? MOTION PREVAILS. MEMBERS; SEEING NO OTHER AMENDMENTS ANY DISCUSSION TO THE BILL AS AMENDED? REPRESENTATIVE POPPE.>>REPRESENTATIVE POPPE: THANK YOU MR. CHAIR AND I APPRECIATE YOU INCLUDED THE NUMBER OF PROVISIONS THAT CAME FROM THE DFL SIDE OF THE ISLE. I THINK WE AGAIN HAVE PROVEN THIS IS A COMMITTEE THAT CAN WORK TOGETHER AND WE CAN LIST TOON EACH OTHER AND BE ABLE TO THEN PULL TOGETHER ON BEHALF OF OUR AGRICULTURE COMMUNITY AND OUR FARMERS AND PRODUCERS. I APPRECIATE THAT THE BILL INCLUDE MANY OF THOSE THINGS. CERTAINLY WE ARE-I KNOW THE DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE TO SEE A LITTLE MORE RECOGNITION OF THE WORK THAT THEY HAVE BEEN DOING AND THE NEED FOR THEM TO CONTINUE DOING THAT WORK WITH THEIR BUMP THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE AND SO I KNOW THEY ARE DISAOPPONENTED THAT ISN’T INCLUDED BUT APPRECIATE YOU ARE ACKNOWLEDGING THAT YOU WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK AT THAT AND SEE WHAT YOU DO THERE. I DO APPRECIATE ON THE FARM SAFETY WORKING GROUP YOU ARE ALLOWING US TO KIND OF HIGHLIGHT THAT AGAIN. I THINK THAT’S AGAIN SOMETHING THAT EVERYBODY AGREES TO. CERTAINLY WE HAD SOME DISCUSSION ABOUT OTHER AREAS THAT ARE NOT INCLUDED AND THINK YOU MADE THIS BILL TO BE MUCH A BIPARTISAN BILL AND I APPRECIATE THAT. I KNOW THAT REPRESENTATIVE HANSON HAS TO BE IN THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE TODAY AND HE’S VERY VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WOULD BE ABOUT HOW THAT’S EXPANDING AND KEEPING INTO ALL PART OF THE STATE AND THAT IS SOMETHING WE REALLY DO NEED TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE ADDRESS THAT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY HAS ALSO BEEN A STRONG PROPONENT OF US FUNDING SOME THINGS AND THINK THAT IS ONE AREA THAT WE NEED TO TRY TO FIGURE HOW DO WE PUT MONEY TOWARD THAT EFFORT. BUT; AGAIN I THINK ON BEHALF THE DFL SIDE OF THE ISLE I APPRECIATE THIS BILL INCLUDES A LOT OF REALLY GOOD RECOMMENDATIONS FROM ALL OF US AND LIKE TO SEE IT BE SUPPORTED.>>THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE POPPE. ANY OTHER DISCUSSION TO THE BILL.>>CHAIR ANDERSON: THANK YOU MR. CHAIR.>>CHAIR: I TOO WANT TO THANK YOU FOR PUTTING THE BILL TOGETHER WITH THE HELP OF THE WHOLE COMMITTEE AND STAFF AS WELL FOR THE WORK THEY DO. I LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT A COUPLE THINGS. THERE IS A LOT OF I USE THE WORD BUZZ; TALK ABOUT POLLINATOR JZ REALLY APPRECIATE YOU INCLUDING FUNDING TO TRY TO GET TO USING SCIENCE; GET TOOG THE BOTTOM OF WHAT IS HAPPENING AND TO IMPROVE THE HABITAT AND THE NUMBER OF BEES THAT SUR VIVE SO THANK YOU FOR INCLUDING THAT FUNDING. ALONG THE LINES WHAT REPRESENTATIVE POPPE TALKED ABOUT WITH THE FOLKS FLYING OUT TO DO COUNSELING; I GOT A PRESS RELEASE THE OTHER DAY FROM UNIVERSITY EXTENSION AND THEY ARE GOING TO BE STARTING A BRAND NEW PROGRAM TO OFFER FARMERS WHO ARE BEGINNING TO EXPERIENCE FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES; ONE ON ONE TYPE SETTING TO TRY TO SIT DOWN BEFORE THE SITUATION GETS OUT OF HAND AND WORK WITH A FARMER AND TRITO COME UP WITH POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS TO KEEP THE FARMER GOING AND HOPEFULLY GET THE OPERATING MONEY FOR THE SPRING SO WANT TO THANK THE EXTENSION FOLKS FOR BEGINNING THAT PROGRAM. THE OTHER THING MR. CHAIR AND WOULD LIKE TO MENTION WAS; I HAD A BILL FOR INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WOULD HELP GET OUT WINTER PUMPS AND SUCH IN THE-FOR THE E 15; E 10 PROGRAM AND I LIKE TO LOOK AT CARS AND I LOOK AND YOU C AN HARDLY FIND A NEW CAR TODAY THAT OFFERS FLEX FUEL CAPABILITY. THE E 85 PART OF THE FLEX FUEL THING; IT IS DIFFICULT TO FIND A NEW VEHICLE TODAY-THE CAR MAKERS FOR WHATEVER REASON I HEAR IT IS BECAUSE THEY DON’T GET CREDIT KNMP FOR THE MILEAGE STANDARD FOR OFFERING FLEX FUEL VEHICLES AND THAT CONCERNS ME ABOUT E 85 GOING FORWARD SO THINK IT IS MORE IMPERATIVE WE OFFER CONSUMERS THE E 15 GASOLINE OPTION AND TO DO THAT THEY HAVE TO DO UPGRADES AND THINKS SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE THE COMMITTEE TO THINK ABOUT THAT AS WE TRY TO INCREASE THE USE OF ETHANOL IN THE STATE THAT WE LOOK AT THE HELPING TO FUND SOME OF THE BUILD-OUTS OF E 15 FOR GAS STATIONS IN MINNESOTA. THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR.>>CHAIR: REPRESENTATIVE BLY.>>REPRESENTATIVE BLY: I ALSO WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAIRNESS AND TEERFT HEAR EVERY BILL. I THINK YOU ARE VERY THOUGHTFUL AND TRY TO MAKE SURE WE ARE THOUGHTFUL AS WELL ABOUT WHAT WE ARE DOING. I HAVE TO MENTION FOR EVERGREEN AND WISH WE FOUND FUNDING FOR THAT. I FIRMLY BELIEVE; I THINK IT IS A FUTURE FOR WHAT WE ARE PLANNING TO DO IN AGRICULTURE AND HOPE WE CAN KEEP THAT GOING FORWARD; BUT I APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORTS AND WANTED TO MENTION THAT.>>CHAIR: REPRESENT R THAT THANK YOU AND WE ARE WORKING ON THE FOREVER GREEN PIECE AND RECEIVED A E-MAIL FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA OFFERING SUPPORT FOR THAT PROGRAM SO WE’LL CONTINUE WORKING ON THAT. THANK YOU; REPRESENTATIVE BLY.>>REPRESENTATIVE CLARK: THANK YOU MR. CHAIR MAN. I AM ONE OF THE PEOPLE IN TWO COMMITTEES AT THE SAME TIME. I GUESS I MISSED A LITTLE EARLIER DISCUSSION ABOUT THE URBAN AGRICULTURE AMENDMENT BUT REALLY APPRECIATE THAT LANGUAGE IS IN THERE. IT IS JUST MOVED FORWARD THAT YOU CAN TAKE A LOT OF CREDIT AND APPRECIATE THAT. I WANTED TO JUST POINT OUT I HAD INTERESTING CONVERSATIONS WITH REPRESENTATIVE ANDERSON. INVESTMENT IN URBAN AGRICULTURE GETS FARMERS READY TO GO BACK TO RURAL MINNESOTA. I GAVE A EXAMPLE THE OTHER DAY WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT SO IT IS A NICE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE FWO TWO AND THE LANGUAGE PULLS THAT TOGETHER AND HOPEFULLY THERE WILL BE A LOT OF APPRECIATION AND HOPE THE SENATE WILL JOIN US WITH THAT. I ALSO APPRECIATE THAT YOU HEARD EVERY BILL AND WANT TO SAY ONE OTHER CONNECTION THAT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME AND IT IS IN A SEPARATE BILL NOT HEARD YET; BUT IT WILL BE-IT IS ONE I TALKED ABOUT WHEN WE HEARD ABOUT THE SOY BASED SEALANT FOR ROADS AS A ALTERNATIVE; I PUT TOGETHER A PROPOSAL WE CAN USE RIGHT IN THE INNER CITY AND HOPE IT IS A WAY TO SEE RURAL AND URBAN MINNESOTA TO WORK TOGETHER BECAUSE WE NEED TO THE SAFETY THOSE SOY SEALANTS PROVIDE OPPOSE TODAY THE ASPHALT. THANK YOU FOR BRINKING THAT FORWARD AND LOOK FORWARD WORKING ON THAT NEXT YEAR.>>CHAIR: THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE CLARK AND THANK YOU FOR RAISING AWARENESS AND EDUCATING US ON THE IMPORTANCE OF URBAN AG INITIATIVES. IT WAS A LEARNING PROCESS FOR ME AS WELL AND I APPRECIATE THAT. THANK YOU. ANY OTHER DISCUSSION; MEMBERS? REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON.>>REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON: THANK YOU MR. CHAIR. AS IT IS WITH AG POLICY I GENUINELY ENJOY WORKING ON A COMMITTEE THAT CAN WORK TOGETHER AND REALLY WORKS OPENINGLY TO PARTISANSHIP. THERE ARE PARTISAN THINGS THAT GO ON BUT I THINK IT IS HEALTHY AND SOMETHING LOOKING FOR AND VERY NICE TO BE PART OF THAT. JUST A COUPLE OF REFLECTIONS ON OUR HEARINGS; ONE THING THAT STRIKES ME AS I SAT ON THE COMMITTEE FL LAST SEVERAL YEARS IT SEEMS THE SCOPE KEEPS GROWING AND GROWING AND IT IS INTERESTING HOW I THINK IT IS PARTLY THAT FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ARE EMERGING AS MORE IMPORTANT SUBJECTS IN AMERICA AND CERTAINLY IN MINNESOTA AND IT IS INTERESTING BUT ALSO REFLECTED IN THE BILL. WHEN YOU-WITH LIKE THE URBAN AGRICULTURE WE ACHIEVED THAT OR THE GROW [INAUDIBLE] CENTER. I’M SURE REPRESENTATIVE SHELDEN JOHNSON IS PLEASED AND RECOGNIZING THE POWER THAT THE WORKING WITH METRO STATE IS PRETTY NEAT. I DO HAVE JUST A COUPLE OF THINGS I THINK WE NEED TO KEEP OUR EYE ON. ONE IS KEEPING THE FOCUS ON ALSO ON PARTICULARLY WITH AG REFUND AND KEEPING THE FOCUS ON THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE ASSOCIATED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THAT GOES WITH AGRICULTURE. THE VALUE ADDED AG IS WHAT I CALL IT. I THINK IN RURAL MINNESOTA THAT IS SO IMPORTANT. I LIVE IN A REGION THAT LIVES ON VALUE AGRICULTURE AND THRIVES. THAT IS A RESULT REALLY-WE SEE IT AS THE BASE AND ANALYSIS IN THE PAPER IS GREEN SEEN WHICH IS A EFFORT BY THE COMMUNITY TO GIVE A GOOD FOCUS TO AG IN THE REGION RANGING FROM FARMING AND PROCESSING AND ASSOCIATED SERVICES. I LIVE IN A AREA WHERE WE SEE THE POWER WHAUL AGRICULTURE CAN BOO ECONOMICALLY IN RURAL MINNESOTA. IT IS IMPORTANT WE KEEP DOING THAT-IF THE MOVE CONTINUES AS YOU DESIRE; TO HAVE MORE EFFORT IN THE LEGISLATOR TO KEEP COMMITTED TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASPECT OF THAT. SPECIFICALLY ONE CONCERN I HAVE IS ON THE NOXIOUS WEEDS. I’M GLAD WE HAVE THE FUNDSING IN THERE FOR COUNTIES BUT THINK WE ARE UNDERSTATING THE CHALLENGE IN THIS. I TALL YOU THE [INAUDIBLE] SITUATION IS SCARY. IT IS ALSO SOMETHING THAT I THINK NEEDS A STATE WIDE RESPONSE AND YOU RECALL THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HAD ASKED FOR STAFF TO KIND OF COORDINATE THOSE EFTS. I KNOW WE NEED THE MONEY OUT IN THE COUNTRY TO SUPPORT THEM BUT THINK WE HAVE A BIG WHOLE IN THE BILL AND DON’T HAVE THE STATE-WIDE VIEW AND IF WE HAVE PROBLEMS AS THOSE EMERGE THE DEPARTMENT WILL HAVE TO RESPOND AND BE A BIG PART OF THAT AND IT WILL REQUIRE COORDINATION AND A LARGER EFFORT AND EXPERTISE THAT MAYBE IS MORE AVAILABLE IN ONE OF THOSE POSITIONS THAN WE CAN EXPECT OUT IN THE COUNTIES SO THINK WE NEED TO KEEP A EYE ON THAT EVEN THROUGH THE END OF SESSION BECAUSE THIS COULD EMERGE THAT QUICKLY AND IN THE INTERIM. I THINK IT IS THAT IMPORTANT AND CONCERNING. THAT RELATES ALSO TO THE QUESTION OF-IT STRUCK A CORD WITH ME YESTERDAY WHEN WE HEARD THE BILL. THE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND ASKING THEM TO DO MORE WITHOUT ADDING TO THEIR CAPACITY TO DO THAT AND REPRESENTATIVE POPPE AND I GLANCED AT EACH OTHER BECAUSE WE BOTH WORKED IN THE STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM THAT IS WHERE OUR CAREERS ARE AND THE LEDGE SLAIFER DOES THAT. THEY DID THAT ON MY JOB. WE ARE BOTH ACADEMIC ADVISORS SO WE WERE VULNERABLE TO THAT. THAT IS REAL AND WHEN YOU ARE ASKING MORE-IT IS DO MORE WITH LESS; DO MORE WITH LESS; THAT REALLY TAKES ITS TOLL. IN DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IT IS SERVICEING THIS VERY CRITICAL INDUSTRY SO HOPE WE CAN ADDRESS THAT GOING FORWARD AS WELL. IN THE END YOU GOT A GOOD BILL AND LOOK FORWARD TO VOTING FOR IT.>>CHAIR: THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON. LIKE THE SAID; THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER WAS IN THE OFFICE YESTERDAY ADVOCATING VERY STRONGLY ON BEHALF THE PEOPLE WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF AG AND ONE AREA IN PARTICULAR WAS THAT INCREASE FROM 4.5 TO 6.5 PERCENT BECAUSE THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE PROCESSING THOSE GRANTS; THE AVERAGE WORKLOAD IS ABOUT 100 GRANTS PER INDIVIDUAL TYPICALLY BUT THEY ARE UP TO ABOUT 300 GRANTS PER INDIVIDUAL AND SO IT IS DUALLY NOTED. I ASKED OR REQUESTED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND THEY ARE WORKING ON GETTING THAT BACK TO ME. WE ARE STILL IN THE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE DEPARTMENT. IT IT DUALLY NOTED AND THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT UP AS WELL.>>REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY: MR. CHAIR; THIS HAS BEEN A INTERESTING FIRST YEAR ON THE AG COMMITTEE FOR ME. I HAVE LEARNED MANY DIFFERENT THINGS. THINGS I HAD A HINT TO AND THINGS I HAD NO IDEA WERE IN YOUR BILL. NONE OF THEM THAT I HAVE GREAT ANEST OVER; BUT I DO WANT TO REMIND THE COMMITTEE THAT [INAUDIBLE] IS A HUGE HUGE PROBLEM. WE HEARD IN COMMITTEE THAT WHEN WE HAD THE DUTCH ELM DISEASE WE AS A STATE INFLATION ADJUSTED PUT ABOUT $70 MILLION IN TO TAKE CARE OF IT. I HAVE SPOKEN TO MY PARTICULAR DISTRICT WITH ITS THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF ASH TREES AND MY CITY; MY TAXPAYERS; WE ARE FOOTING THE BILL. WE ARE FOOTING THE BILL AND MY QUESTION IS; ARE WE GOING TO GET REPAID WHEN WE DECIDE AS A LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS THIS BECAUSE IT WAS $70-90 MILLION WHEN THEY FINALLY STARTING ADDRESSING THE DUTCH ELM AND WE ALREADY INVESTED ABOUT $10 MILLION. MY CITY; MY TAXPAYERS; MY PROPERTY TAXPAYERS. MY PROPERTY TAX HAS GONE UP ABOUT 12 PERCENT THIS YEAR OR THE PROPOSAL IS FOR 12 PERCENT. IT IS FUNNY. I-MY GRANDSPARENT ARE BURIED IN WESTERN MINNESOTA AND I DRIVE OUT THERE 4 OR 5 TIMES A YEAR. GRANDMA AND I HAD A GOOD RELATIONSHIP. APPARENTLY I WAS THE ONLY GRANDCHILD THAT HAD A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH MY GRANDSMOTHER. SMALL GRAVE YARD OUT THERE; BUT THERE IS 40 ASH TREES IN THAT GRAVE YARD AND IT IS A OLD GRAVE YARD; 1874 WAS THE FIRST HEADSTONE AND SAW OUT THERE. SO; THIS IS COMING TO A TOWN NEAR YOU. I WONDER HOW THAT INVESTMENT WILL BE REPAID; THAT COST TO MY TAXPAYERS WHEN WE COME TO TRY TO PAY FOR ALL OF REST OF US. IT IS BIG ISSUE; IT IS NOT VERY WELL ADDRESSED IN THIS BILL; SO I’LL LEAVE IT AT THAT. I LOOK FORWARD WORK WG THE POLICY CHAIR OVER THE INTERIM AND NEXT YEAR ON SOME ACCOUNTABILITY ISSUES BECAUSE AS MANY SIT ON OTHER COMMITTEES; HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES; HIGHER EDUCATION; JOBS; YOU CAN FIGURE OUT WHO; WHAT AND WHERE HAPPENED AND WHAT WERE THE RESULTS AND AGAIN AS I SAID YESTERDAY OR THE DAY BEFORE THEY ARE STARTING TO BLEND TOGETHER. IT IS REALLY DIFFICULT TO FIND OUT WHAT THE RESULTS OF THE MONEY WE SPEND IN THE AG COMMITTEE ARE. JUST FLAT OUT BE ABLE TO TRACK THAT AND I DON’T THINK THAT’S THE RIGHT WAY WE SHOULD DO BUSINESS WHETHER ITSER NORTHERN PART OF THE STATE OR SOUTHERN PART OR ANY PART. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO FIGURE IT OUT AND TAXPAYERS SHED BE ABLE TO GO ONLINE AND SEE THE RESULT OF THE MONEY WE SPENT FOR THEM.>>CHAIR: THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY AND TRULY APPRECIATED YOUR PERSPECTIVE AND KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE RELATING TO JOBS COMMITTEE.>>[INAUDIBLE]>>CHAIR: YOU MISSED THAT. YOU LEFT THE ROOM WHEN CHAIR ANDERSON PRESENTED HIS BILL AND SAID HE WILL TALK TO THE ROI BUT YOU MISSED THAT AND ALREADY LEFT. ANY OTHER DISCUSSION; MEMBERS TO THE BILL? SEEING NONE; I WILL RENEW MY MOTION THAT HOUSE FILE 895 AS AMENDED REREFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS. ALL IN FAVOR; AYE. AEZ OPPOSE SND MOTION PREVAILS. THANK YOU MEMBERS; I THINK WE HAVE A FEW THINGS–VICE CHAIR MILLER YOU HAVE ANNOUNCEMENTS?>>I HAVE A BRIEF ANNOUNCEMENT. MR. CHAIR; IF YOU WILL OBLIGE ME. SINCE TODAY IS LIKELY OUR LAST DAY OF COMMITTEE; I THINK IT IS ONLY FITTING AND APPROPRIATE THAT WE ACKNOWLEDGE AN IMPORTANT DATE TOMORROW IN HISTORY. TOMORROW IS A PORPT DAY; 1968 SOMEWHERE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES ALLEGEDLY; A YOUNG COUPLE JOHN HEN RIETTA HAD A BABY BOY. I LIKE TO TELL THE STORY THE GREAT MAN. MANY IN THE COMMUNITY WHEN THEY HEARD THE CONCEPTION OF THIS YOUNG MAN THERE WERE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES THAT RESULTED IN THIS. THIS WOULD BE A DISASTER FOR THIS YOUNG COUPLE. BUT I WILL TELL YOU WHAT; HEN REITA SAID TO KWRAUN; I WANT IT ALL; I WANT IT ALL. I DON’T THINK THIS BABY BOY WILL BE A PROBLEM OR A DISGRACE. THERE WILL BE CHALLENGES BUT THINK THIS CAN BE A WIN WIN FOR THIS FAMILY AND COMMUNITY AND FOR THE UNITED STATES. THIS BABY BOY IS MORE THAN JUST A GROWING CARROT. I KNOW BUDGETS ARE TIGHT BUT JOHN SAID HEN RIATA [INAUDIBLE] IF YOU BAHR WITH ME I’M GETTING EMOTIONAL HERE. [LAUGHTER]. JOHN SAID; HEN RIETA AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR 6 OTHER KIDS AND THIS BABETY BOY; WE ARE GOING TO USE EVERY TOOL IN THE TOOL BOX TO INSURE THAT THIS YOUNG MAN BECOMES A PROUD MEMBER THE COMMUNITY AND SOME DAY SOME DAY WILL WORK IN AGRICULTURE AND OVERSEE POLICY AND AGRICULTURE. HEN RIETA BEGAN TO CRY. SHE SAID WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. HE SAYS; YES; WE ARE. THEY HAD PEACE IN THE VALLEY FOR THE FAMILY-I CANT DO THIS ALL THE WAY; I WILL DISAPPOINT YOU. [LAUGHTER]. BECAUSE AGRICULTURE IS HONORABLE AND NOBLE PROFESSION; IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT WHEN THIS MAN ONE DAY LEAVES POLICY AND THE GREAT STATE OF MINNESOTA WE WILL COME TO RECOGNIZE AGRICULTURE IS NOT PARTISAN; IT IS BIPARTISAN. I WILL SAY THAT WHEN HE STARTED-I’M ALL MOST DONE. WHEN HE WAS A YOUNG MAN HE WENT TO SCHOOL WITH ANOTHER YOUNG MAN WHO WAS ONCE IN THE FUTURE ALSO BECAME-AN ELECTED PERSON IN OFFICE. THIS WAS A MR. REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON CLARK. THEY WERE GOOD FRIENDS AND PLAYED SPORT TOGETHER. THEY DIDN’T BUILD EACH OTHER UP; THEY BUILT EACH UP; THEY DIDN’T TEAR EACH OTHER DOWN. THE COLOR IN THE ROOM IS GETTING BLUE SO I’LL STOP HERE BUT DID WANT TO SAY TO THE CHAIR OF OUR COMMITTEE; CHAIR HAMILTON; HAPPY BIRTHDAY. HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY. [APPLAUSE]>>CHAIR: TO MY DEAR DEAR DEAR STAFF; I’M NOT 50; NOT QUITE. ACTUALLY I’M 49; BELIEVE IT OR NOT. IT IS ALSO REPRESENTATIVE SCHOMACKERS BIRTHDAY TOMORROW TOO.>>I CAN SPEAK TO THAT MR. CHAIR IF YOU PLIKE ME TO.>>CHAIR: HE IS FOCUSED ON RECREATIONAL USE OF HEMP; ALFALFA TO AVOID A CRISIS BECAUSE HE HAS THE BEST STAFF AROUND. BLACK OUT BINGO. THERE YOU HAVE IT. WE BURNED UP ENOUGH PEOPLES TIME. WITH THAT; ANY OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS? I WOULD LIKE TO ECHO AS WELL WHAT REPRESENTATIVE POPPE SAID; VICE CHAIR MILLER AND OTHERS; STAFF IS ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL. THANK YOU TO THE PAGE; MR. SULLIVAN. YOU ARE THE BEST. APPRECIATE IT AND NANCY; YOU’RE FANTASTIC. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. RACHEL; UNTIL THE [INAUDIBLE] COMMENT YOU WERE UP THERE. JUST TEASING. WE HAVE BETHANY IN HERE FOR GOP RESEARCH. I THOUGHT YOU-YOU SAID YOU WERE IN ENVIRONMENT; HE IS RIGHT THERE. THANK YOU. WE NEED TWO BECAUSE IT IS SO MUCH. MARK [INAUDIBLE] WE BALANCE EACH OTHER OUT. GOOD COP; BAD COP. WITH THAT; EVERYBODY; I GUESS WE ARE ADJOURNED. THANK YOU. [MEETING ADJOURNED]

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