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HF 1332

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 05/03/2021 04:57pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to economic development; establishing a headwaters community food and
water economic resiliency program; appropriating money; proposing coding for
new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 116J.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

new text begin [116J.544] HEADWATERS COMMUNITY FOOD AND WATER
ECONOMIC RESILIENCY PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have
the meanings given.
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new text begin (b) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of employment and economic development.
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new text begin (c) "Regenerative food web" means a decentralized, coordinated system for managing
energy regeneratively in every component of a locally adapted food economy from source
to table that is designed to be inclusive, create capacity for health and well-being, foster a
culture of caring, and recognize the fundamental interdependent relationship of people and
nature.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Program; purpose. new text end

new text begin The commissioner must administer a headwaters community
food and water economic resiliency program. The purpose of the program is to facilitate
the establishment and maintenance of local and regional regenerative food webs to address
in a sustainable manner the enduring challenges of food, water, and climate. The
commissioner must develop and administer the program in consultation with the advisory
committee established under subdivision 4.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Methods. new text end

new text begin The commissioner must achieve the purpose in subdivision 2 through
multiple methods, including but not limited to:
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new text begin (1) provide financial and technical assistance for urban and rural producers engaged in
organic, regenerative food systems to expand to year-round operations; promote in situ
research to collect and utilize local ecological knowledge; conduct seed and plant exchange;
and restore aquifers, leadership training, network facilitation, crop insurance, advancing
the revival of food systems defined by cultures of Black people, Indigenous people, and
people of color, and other operations supports;
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new text begin (2) provide financial and technical assistance for producers transitioning to organic,
regenerative agriculture, including but not limited to transition planning and the provision
of a stipend or other form of income support during the transition period;
new text end

new text begin (3) provide financial and technical support to establish neighborhood-based food hubs
or commons, including support for existing hubs and learning centers;
new text end

new text begin (4) provide funding for long-term, in situ research throughout a regenerative food web
to effectively generate, track, and utilize knowledge and restore biological diversity;
new text end

new text begin (5) provide ecological infrastructure investments to manage energy regeneratively,
including creation of locally adapted perennial landscapes for cultivated food sourcing and
for conducting long-term holistic research of microorganisms, carbon capture, plants, seeds
and foods, and community-based campaigns that engage imaginations and promote a culture
of care;
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new text begin (6) provide financial and technical assistance to establish rights of personhood for
ecosystems that sustain life, including the right to live and thrive;
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new text begin (7) facilitate enhancement of the legal rights of nature and the ecosystems that sustain
life;
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new text begin (8) provide financial and technical assistance to support each component of a regenerative
food web, including food producers, preservation, and preparation; neighborhood food hubs;
reusable storage and delivery systems; emergency preparedness; and the local and regional
partnerships necessary to support regenerative food web operations;
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new text begin (9) develop a financial investment fund to provide resources to educate and establish
new regenerative farmers of all racial identities, including farmers who are Black, Indigenous,
and people of color, in communities located in the headwaters communities including
individual, cooperative, and small-scale operations;
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new text begin (10) provide affordable and accessible health care for every member of the food web
economy to ensure that the system is economically robust and can operate effectively; and
new text end

new text begin (11) provide a financial subsidy to make fruits and vegetables affordable for all income
levels.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Advisory committee. new text end

new text begin (a) The Headwaters Community Food and Water
Economic Resiliency Advisory Committee is established and consists of persons from urban
and rural communities who represent the following groups, as appointed by the commissioner
of employment and economic development: local regenerative and organic farmers,
neighborhood food hubs, cooperatives, culinary schools, local food restaurateurs, community
organizers, food council members, system managers, scientists, researchers, students, and
public health officials. Members may be employed in the web economy and must include
leaders who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color.
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new text begin The commissioner may remove members and fill vacancies as provided in section 15.059,
subdivision 4.
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new text begin (b) The advisory committee must advise the commissioner regarding the establishment
and operation of the headwaters community food and water economic resiliency program,
including but not limited to program criteria, eligibility guidelines, application processes,
monitoring and accountability mechanisms, leveraging additional public and private
investments, and promoting the program statewide.
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new text begin (c) The commissioner must convene the advisory committee at least two times per year
to perform the committee's duties.
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new text begin (d) The commissioner must provide staffing, meeting space, and administrative services
for the advisory committee.
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new text begin (e) The commissioner or the commissioner's designee is the chair of the committee.
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new text begin (f) Public members of the advisory committee serve without compensation or payment
of expenses.
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new text begin (g) The advisory committee does not expire.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $....... in fiscal year 2022 and $....... in fiscal year 2023 are appropriated from the general
fund to the commissioner of employment and economic development for purposes of the
headwaters community food and water economic resiliency program in Minnesota Statutes,
section 116J.544.
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