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                         Laws of Minnesota 1985 

                         CHAPTER 44-H.F.No. 604 
           An act relating to agriculture; eliminating license 
          requirement for fur farmers; establishing a 
          registration system; providing definitions; defining 
          agricultural products and pursuits related to fur 
          farming; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota 
          Statutes, chapter 17; repealing Minnesota Statutes 
          1984, section 17.35. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  [17.351] [DEFINITIONS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [APPLICABILITY.] The definitions in this 
section apply to sections 2 to 4. 
    Subd. 2.  [COMMISSIONER.] "Commissioner" means the 
commissioner of agriculture.  
    Subd. 3.  [FUR-BEARING ANIMAL.] "Fur-bearing animal" means 
a fox, mink, fitch, chinchilla, karakul, marten, nutria, or 
fisher that is the second or later generation raised in 
captivity.  
    Subd. 4.  [FUR FARMER.] "Fur farmer" means a person engaged 
in breeding, raising, producing, and marketing fur-bearing 
animals or the products of fur-bearing animals. 
    Sec. 2.  [17.352] [AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND PURSUITS.] 
    Fur-bearing animals are domestic animals and products of 
fur-bearing animals are agricultural products.  A fur farmer is 
engaged in an agricultural pursuit.  
    Sec. 3.  [17.353] [FUR FARMER REGISTRATION.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [REGISTRATION SYSTEM.] The commissioner 
shall establish a registration system for fur farmers.  The 
registration system shall be designed to maintain information 
required by the commissioner, United States department of 
agriculture, and other agencies. 
    Subd. 2.  [REGISTRATION.] A fur farmer may register with 
the commissioner by submitting a completed registration form and 
a fee of $10 to the commissioner by December 31.  The 
registration is valid for a calendar year.  The registration 
form must state the name of the applicant, the location of the 
fur farming activity, the species of fur-bearing animals on the 
fur farm, and other information required by the commissioner. 
    Subd. 3.  [TAGS FOR TRANSPORTATION AND SALE.] The 
commissioner shall, if requested, furnish registered fur farmers 
tags, without a fee, for the transport and sale of fur-bearing 
animals and their products.  A fur farmer transporting or 
selling pelts of fur-bearing animals may attach the tag to a 
package containing pelts. 
    Subd. 4.  [ANNUAL REPORTS OF PELTS SOLD.] A registered fur 
farmer must file a verified report of the number of pelts of 
each species of fur-bearing animal sold during the preceding 
calendar year.  The report must be filed with the commissioner 
by December 31. 
    Sec. 4.  [17.354] [APPLICATION.] 
    Sections 1 to 3 do not affect provisions of law relating to 
wild animals. 
     Sec. 5.  [REPEALER.] 
     Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 17.35, is repealed. 
    Approved April 29, 1985