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HF 1096

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/13/2019 04:50pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to agriculture; appropriating money for grants to Second Harvest Heartland;
requiring reports.


Section 1. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin (a) $2,650,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $2,650,000 in fiscal year 2021 are appropriated
from the general fund to the commissioner of agriculture for grants to Second Harvest
Heartland on behalf of Minnesota's six Feeding America food banks for the following:
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new text begin (1) to purchase milk for distribution to Minnesota's food shelves and other charitable
organizations that are eligible to receive food from the food banks. Milk purchased under
the grants must be acquired from Minnesota milk processors and based on low-cost bids.
The milk must be allocated to each Feeding America food bank serving Minnesota according
to the formula used in the distribution of United States Department of Agriculture
commodities under The Emergency Food Assistance Program. Second Harvest Heartland
may enter into contracts or agreements with food banks for shared funding or reimbursement
of the direct purchase of milk. Each food bank that receives funding under this paragraph
may use up to two percent for administrative expenses; and
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new text begin (2) to compensate agricultural producers and processors for costs incurred to harvest
and package for transfer surplus fruits, vegetables, and other agricultural commodities that
would otherwise go unharvested, be discarded, or sold in a secondary market. Surplus
commodities must be distributed statewide to food shelves and other charitable organizations
that are eligible to receive food from the food banks. Surplus food acquired under this
paragraph must be from Minnesota producers and processors. Second Harvest Heartland
may use up to 15 percent of each grant awarded under this paragraph to match administrative
and transportation expenses.
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new text begin (b) new text end new text begin Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, any unencumbered fiscal year
2020 balance does not cancel and is available in fiscal year 2021. Second Harvest Heartland
must submit quarterly reports to the commissioner in the form prescribed by the
commissioner. The reports must include but are not limited to information on the expenditure
of funds, the amount of milk or other commodities purchased, and the organizations to
which this food was distributed.
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