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SF 553

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 01/28/2019 03:30pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to agriculture; appropriating additional money for farm advocates and
mental health counseling support for farm families and business operators;
amending Laws 2017, chapter 88, article 1, section 2, subdivision 5.

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

Section 1.

Laws 2017, chapter 88, article 1, section 2, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Administration and Financial
Assistance

8,698,000
deleted text begin 8,691,000
deleted text end new text begin 8,938,000
new text end

(a) $474,000 the first year and $474,000 the
second year are for payments to county and
district agricultural societies and associations
under Minnesota Statutes, section 38.02,
subdivision 1
. Aid payments to county and
district agricultural societies and associations
shall be disbursed no later than July 15 of each
year. These payments are the amount of aid
from the state for an annual fair held in the
previous calendar year.

(b) $1,000 the first year and $1,000 the second
year are for grants to the Minnesota State
Poultry Association.

(c) $18,000 the first year and $18,000 the
second year are for grants to the Minnesota
Livestock Breeders Association.

(d) $47,000 the first year and $47,000 the
second year are for the Northern Crops
Institute. These appropriations may be spent
to purchase equipment.

(e) $220,000 the first year and deleted text begin$220,000deleted text endnew text begin
$250,000
new text end the second year are for farm
advocate services.new text begin The base for fiscal year
2020 is $250,000 and the base for fiscal year
2021 is $250,000.
new text end

(f) $17,000 the first year and $17,000 the
second year are for grants to the Minnesota
Horticultural Society.

(g) $108,000 the first year and $108,000 the
second year are for annual grants to the
Minnesota Turf Seed Council for basic and
applied research on: (1) the improved
production of forage and turf seed related to
new and improved varieties; and (2) native
plants, including plant breeding, nutrient
management, pest management, disease
management, yield, and viability. The grant
recipient may subcontract with a qualified
third party for some or all of the basic or
applied research. Any unencumbered balance
does not cancel at the end of the first year and
is available for the second year. These are
onetime appropriations.

(h) $113,000 the first year and deleted text begin$113,000deleted text endnew text begin
$330,000
new text end the second year are for transfer to
the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State
Colleges and Universities for statewide mental
health counseling support to farm families and
business operatorsnew text begin through the Minnesota State
Agricultural Centers of Excellence
new text end. South
Central College new text beginand Central Lakes College
new text end shall serve as the fiscal deleted text beginagentdeleted text endnew text begin agents. The base
for fiscal year 2020 is $330,000 and the base
for fiscal year 2021 is $330,000
new text end.

(i) $550,000 the first year and $550,000 the
second year are for grants to Second Harvest
Heartland on behalf of Minnesota's six
Feeding America food banks for the purchase
of 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
(TEFAP). Second Harvest Heartland must
submit quarterly reports to the commissioner
on forms prescribed by the commissioner. The
reports must include, but are not limited to,
information on the expenditure of funds, the
amount of milk purchased, and the
organizations to which the milk was
distributed. 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
receiving money from this appropriation may
use up to two percent of the grant for
administrative expenses. Any unencumbered
balance does not cancel at the end of the first
year and is available for the second year.

(j) $1,100,000 the first year and $1,100,000
the second year are for grants to Second
Harvest Heartland on behalf of the six Feeding
America food banks that serve Minnesota 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
appropriation must be from Minnesota
producers and processors. Second Harvest
Heartland must report in the form prescribed
by the commissioner. Second Harvest
Heartland may use up to 15 percent of each
grant for matching administrative and
transportation expenses. Any unencumbered
balance does not cancel at the end of the first
year and is available for the second year.

(k) $150,000 the first year and $150,000 the
second year are for grants to the Center for
Rural Policy and Development.

(l) $235,000 the first year and $235,000 the
second year are for grants to the Minnesota
Agricultural Education and Leadership
Council for programs of the council under
Minnesota Statutes, chapter 41D.

(m) $600,000 the first year and $600,000 the
second year are for grants to the Board of
Regents of the University of Minnesota to
develop, in consultation with the
commissioner of agriculture and the Board of
Animal Health, a software tool or application
through the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
that empowers veterinarians and producers to
understand the movement of unique pathogen
strains in livestock and poultry production
systems, monitor antibiotic resistance, and
implement effective biosecurity measures that
promote animal health and limit production
losses. These are onetime appropriations.

(n) $150,000 the first year is for the tractor
rollover protection pilot program under
Minnesota Statutes, section 17.119. This is a
onetime appropriation and is available until
June 30, 2019.

(o) $400,000 the first year is for a grant to the
Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State
Colleges and Universities to expand and
renovate the GROW-IT Center at Metropolitan
State University. This is a onetime
appropriation.

By January 15, 2018, the commissioner shall
submit a report to the chairs and ranking
minority members of the legislative
committees with jurisdiction over agricultural
policy and finance with a list of inspections
the department conducts at more frequent
intervals than federal law requires, an
explanation of why the additional inspections
are necessary, and provide recommendations
for eliminating any unnecessary inspections.

Sec. 2. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin This act is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end