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SF 4336

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/17/2020 12:13pm

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

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A bill for an act
relating to agriculture; modifying a 2019 appropriation; amending Laws 2019,
First Special Session chapter 1, article 1, section 2, subdivision 4.

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

Section 1.

Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 1, article 1, section 2, subdivision 4,
is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Agriculture, Bioenergy, and Bioproduct
Advancement

23,653,000
23,654,000

(a) $9,300,000 the first year and $9,300,000
the second year are for transfer to the
agriculture research, education, extension, and
technology transfer account under Minnesota
Statutes, section 41A.14, subdivision 3. Of
these amounts: at least $600,000 the first year
and $600,000 the second year are for the
Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station's
agriculture rapid response fund under
Minnesota Statutes, section 41A.14,
subdivision 1
, clause (2); $2,000,000 the first
year and $2,000,000 the second year are for
grants to the Minnesota Agriculture Education
Leadership Council to enhance agricultural
education with priority given to Farm Business
Management challenge grants; $350,000 the
first year and $350,000 the second year are
for potato breeding; and $450,000 the first
year and $450,000 the second year are for the
cultivated wild rice breeding project at the
North Central Research and Outreach Center
to include a tenure track/research associate
plant breeder. The commissioner shall transfer
the remaining funds in this appropriation each
year to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota for purposes of Minnesota
Statutes, section 41A.14. Of the amount
transferred to the Board of Regents, up to
$1,000,000 each year is for research on avian
influenza.

To the extent practicable, money expended
under Minnesota Statutes, section 41A.14,
subdivision 1
, clauses (1) and (2), must
supplement and not supplant existing sources
and levels of funding. The commissioner may
use up to one percent of this appropriation for
costs incurred to administer the program.

(b) $14,353,000 the first year and $14,354,000
the second year are for the agricultural growth,
research, and innovation program in
Minnesota Statutes, section 41A.12. Except
as provided below, the commissioner may
allocate the appropriation each year among
the following areas: facilitating the start-up,
modernization, improvement, or expansion of
livestock operations including beginning and
transitioning livestock operations with
preference given to robotic dairy-milking
equipment; providing funding not to exceed
$400,000 each year to develop and enhance
farm-to-school markets for Minnesota farmers
by providing more fruits, vegetables, meat,
grain, and dairy for Minnesota children in
school and child care settings including, at the
commissioner's discretion, reimbursing
schools for purchases from local farmers;
assisting value-added agricultural businesses
to begin or expand, to access new markets, or
to diversify, including aquaponics systems;
providing funding not to exceed $300,000
each year for urban youth agricultural
education or urban agriculture community
development; providing funding not to exceed
$300,000 each year for the good food access
program under Minnesota Statutes, section
17.1017; facilitating the start-up,
modernization, or expansion of other
beginning and transitioning farms including
by providing loans under Minnesota Statutes,
section 41B.056; sustainable agriculture
on-farm research and demonstration;
development or expansion of food hubs and
other alternative community-based food
distribution systems; enhancing renewable
energy infrastructure and use; crop research
including basic and applied turf seed research;
Farm Business Management tuition assistance;
and good agricultural practices/good handling
practices certification assistance. The
commissioner may use up to 6.5 percent of
this appropriation for costs incurred to
administer the program.

Of the amount appropriated for the agricultural
growth, research, and innovation program in
Minnesota Statutes, section 41A.12:

(1) $1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000
the second year are for distribution in equal
amounts to each of the state's county fairs to
preserve and promote Minnesota agriculture;

(2) $2,500,000 the first year and $2,500,000
the second year are for incentive payments
under Minnesota Statutes, sections 41A.16,
41A.17, and 41A.18. Notwithstanding
Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, the first
year appropriation is available until June 30,
2021, and the second year appropriation is
available until June 30, 2022. If this
appropriation exceeds the total amount for
which all producers are eligible in a fiscal
year, the balance of the appropriation is
available for the agricultural growth, research,
and innovation program. The base amount for
the allocation under this clause is $3,000,000
in fiscal year 2022 and later;

(3) up to $5,000,000 the first year is for Dairy
Assistance, Investment, Relief Initiative
(DAIRI) grants to Minnesota dairy farmers
who enroll for five years of coverage under
the federal dairy margin coverage program
and produced no more than 16,000,000 pounds
of milk in 2018. The commissioner must
award DAIRI grants based on participating
producers' amount of 2018 milk, up to
5,000,000 pounds per participating producer,
at a rate determined by the commissioner
within the limits of available funding;

(4) up to $5,000,000 the second year is for
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at the Ag Innovation Campus
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(5) $75,000 the first year is for a grant to
Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. for assistance
to agricultural-related businesses to promote
jobs, innovation, and synergy development;
and

(6) $75,000 the first year and $75,000 the
second year are for grants to the Minnesota
Turf Seed Council for basic and applied
research.

The amounts in clauses (3) to (6) are onetime.

Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section
16A.28, any unencumbered balance does not
cancel at the end of the first year and is
available for the second year and
appropriations encumbered under contract on
or before June 30, 2021, for agricultural
growth, research, and innovation grants are
available until June 30, 2024.

The base amount for the agricultural growth,
research, and innovation program is
$14,693,000 in fiscal year 2022 and
$14,693,000 in fiscal year 2023, and includes
funding for incentive payments under
Minnesota Statutes, sections 41A.16, 41A.17,
41A.18, and 41A.20.

The commissioner must consult with the
commissioner of transportation, the
commissioner of administration, and local
units of government to identify at least ten
parcels of publicly owned land that are suitable
for urban agriculture.