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                         Laws of Minnesota 1989 

                        CHAPTER 350-H.F.No. 878 
           An act relating to agriculture; providing for certain 
          federal crop insurance payments, a community needs 
          assessment model, certain task forces, agriculture 
          promotion, checkoff rates, land transfers, certain 
          boards, reforestation, preservation policy, 
          grasshopper control, federal uniformity, soy-based 
          ink, food coupons, weed control, certain studies, 
          mediation and first refusal, motor fuel labeling, and 
          wild rice labeling; appropriating money; amending 
          Minnesota Statutes 1988, sections 17.49; 17.59, by 
          adding a subdivision; 18.022, subdivision 2; 30.49; 
          31.101; 31.102, subdivision 1; 31.103, subdivision 1; 
          31.104; 31.11; 116O.09, subdivisions 1, 2, and by 
          adding a subdivision; 239.79, subdivision 2; 500.24, 
          subdivision 6; 550.37, subdivisions 4a, 5, and 7; 
          583.24, subdivision 4; 583.26, subdivision 1; Laws 
          1983, chapter 215, section 16, as amended; Laws 1985, 
          chapter 19, sections 2, subdivision 2, as amended; and 
          6, subdivision 6, as amended; Laws 1986, chapter 398, 
          article 1, section 18, as amended; and Laws 1988, 
          chapter 688, article 3, sections 1, subdivision 3; 2; 
          and 3; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota 
          Statutes, chapters 16B; 17; 18; and 84; repealing 
          Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 84.152, subdivision 5.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 

                               ARTICLE 1 

                         FEDERAL CROP INSURANCE 
    Section 1.  [FINDING OF PUBLIC PURPOSE.] 
    The legislature finds that federal crop insurance 
represents the lowest cost, most economically feasible mechanism 
for protecting farm families from severe economic stress caused 
by drought and other natural disasters.  The legislature further 
finds that costs to the state for rural disaster relief are 
greatly reduced when a majority of farmers carry federal crop 
insurance.  In order to encourage all farmers to carry federal 
crop insurance, it is a valid public purpose for state funds to 
be used to make grants for a portion of the premium costs of the 
crop insurance.  
    Sec. 2.  [GRANTS FOR PARTIAL PAYMENT OF FEDERAL CROP 
INSURANCE.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [ELIGIBLE CROPS.] Crops eligible for 
partial payment of federal crop insurance are barley, corn, 
flax, oats, soybeans, sugar beets, canning crops grown under 
contract, and wheat. 
    Subd. 2.  [ELIGIBILITY.] A farmer is eligible for state 
assistance if: 
    (1) the farmer experienced a 65 percent or greater loss in 
the yield of at least one of the eligible crops grown during the 
1988 growing season; 
    (2) the farmer was required to purchase federal crop 
insurance as a condition for participation in federal 
agriculture programs for 1989; and 
    (3) the farmer submits an application to the commissioner 
of agriculture on or before September 1, 1989. 
    Subd. 3.  [APPLICATION.] To receive reimbursement under 
this article a farmer must submit an application for 
reimbursement of federal crop insurance premiums to the 
commissioner on forms provided by the commissioner.  The 
application must include documentation of crop losses and other 
factors relevant to eligibility. 
    Subd. 4.  [REIMBURSEMENT RATE AND MAXIMUM.] From within 
funds appropriated for this program, the commissioner must not 
later than December 1, 1989, reimburse an eligible farmer for up 
to 20 percent of the total premium cost for federal crop 
insurance on the 1989 crop.  The maximum reimbursement to any 
eligible farmer is $300.  

                                ARTICLE 2 

                       COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT
    Section 1.  [COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT MODEL.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [MODEL DEVELOPMENT.] The rural development 
board, as part of its rural investment strategy, shall select an 
organization to develop, test, and implement a rural community 
needs assessment model.  The commissioner of trade and economic 
development shall publish in the State Register a request for 
proposals for the community needs assessment model project.  The 
organization must select five rural communities in 1990 and ten 
rural communities in 1991 within which to perform community 
needs assessments using the model developed.  At least one of 
the rural communities selected in 1990 must have a population of 
1,000 or less. 
    Subd. 2.  [ORGANIZATION.] The organization selected must 
meet the following criteria: 
    (1) knowledge of the concerns and needs of rural Minnesota 
residents and their communities; 
    (2) demonstrated expertise in performing needs assessments; 
    (3) ability to develop, test, refine, demonstrate, and 
implement a community needs assessment process; and 
    (4) experience in gathering, classifying, analyzing, 
reporting, and interpreting data. 
    Subd. 3.  [MODEL REQUIREMENTS.] The community needs 
assessment model must identify community needs in the areas of 
social services, transportation, housing, education, health 
care, recreation, employment, public infrastructure, and 
economic development.  In order to identify those needs, 
information must be collected from the most recent existing 
statistical data bases, experts, and community residents.  After 
needs are identified, the community needs assessment model must 
establish priorities, assist the community in analyzing existing 
resources, develop strategies to meet community needs, and 
assist the community in considering available options and in 
deciding what alternatives to act upon. 
    Subd. 4.  [COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION.] The community needs 
assessment model must be designed to maximize community 
involvement and participation in the community needs assessment 
process.  The model must be capable of guiding the community 
through a strategy of information collection, discussion, 
refinement, and consensus.  To encourage community involvement 
in this process, the organization may provide incentive grants 
to assist rural community leaders and residents to implement the 
model. 
    Subd. 5.  [REPORT.] The rural development board shall 
report to the legislature by January 1, 1990, regarding the 
development and implementation of the model.  A second report 
must be submitted to the legislature by January 1, 1991.  

                               ARTICLE 3

                AGRICULTURAL DATA COLLECTION TASK FORCE
    Section 1.  [REACTIVATION OF THE AGRICULTURAL DATA 
COLLECTION TASK FORCE.] 
    The agricultural data collection task force created by Laws 
1985, chapter 19, as reactivated and amended by Laws 1986, 
chapter 398, article 11, and Laws 1987, chapter 396, article 5, 
is reactivated.  
    Sec. 2.  Laws 1985, chapter 19, section 2, subdivision 2, 
as amended by Laws 1986, chapter 398, article 11, section 2, and 
Laws 1987, chapter 396, article 5, section 2, is amended to read:
    Subd. 2.  [DUTIES.] The duties of the agricultural data 
collection task force are to:  
    (1) continue the uniform procedure for collecting data on 
the financial status of agriculture in Minnesota; 
    (2) report the results of the program to the legislature no 
later than December 31 of each fiscal year the agricultural data 
collection task force is funded.  
    Sec. 3.  Laws 1985, chapter 19, section 6, subdivision 6, 
as amended by Laws 1986, chapter 398, article 11, section 4, and 
Laws 1987, chapter 396, article 5, section 3, is amended to read:
    Subd. 6.  [EXPIRATION.] The agricultural data collection 
task force expires April 15, 1989 1991, or 15 days after 
reporting to the legislature, whichever date comes later, but in 
no circumstance later than June 1, 1989 1991. 

                               ARTICLE 4 

                              AQUICULTURE
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 17.49, is 
amended to read: 
    17.49 [AQUICULTURE PROGRAM ESTABLISHMENT AND PROMOTION.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [PROGRAM ESTABLISHED.] The commissioner 
shall establish and promote a program for the commercial raising 
of fish in fish farms in consultation with an advisory committee 
consisting of the University of Minnesota, the commissioner of 
natural resources, the commissioner of agriculture, the 
commissioner of trade and economic development, the commissioner 
of the state planning agency, representatives of private fish 
raising industry, and the chairs of the environment and natural 
resources committees of the house of representatives and senate. 
    Subd. 2.  [COORDINATION.] Aquiculture programs in the state 
must be coordinated through the commissioner of agriculture.  
The commissioner of agriculture shall direct the development of 
aquiculture in the state.  Aquiculture research, projects, and 
demonstrations must be reported to the commissioner before state 
appropriations for the research, projects, and demonstrations 
are encumbered.  The commissioner shall maintain a data base of 
aquiculture research, demonstrations, and other related 
information pertaining to agriculture in the state.  
    Sec. 2.  [17.491] [AQUICULTURE IS AGRICULTURAL PURSUIT.] 
    Aquiculture is an agricultural pursuit.  
    Sec. 3.  [17.492] [AQUICULTURE DEFINITION.] 
    "Aquiculture" means to cultivate plants and animals in 
water for harvest, including hydroponics and raising fish in 
fish farms. 

                               ARTICLE 5 

                      DAIRY INDUSTRY CHECKOFF RATE
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 17.59, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subdivision 1a.  [DAIRY INDUSTRY CHECKOFF RATE.] (a) 
Notwithstanding subdivision 1, the Minnesota dairy research and 
promotion order, or any provision to the contrary in this 
chapter or rules adopted under this chapter, the checkoff rate 
applicable to the dairy research and promotion council must be 
equal to the maximum credit allowed under the Dairy Promotion 
and Research Order, adopted under the Dairy Production 
Stabilization Act of 1983, United States Code, title 7, sections 
4501 to 4538, for producers participating in a qualified state 
or regional dairy product promotion or nutrition education 
program.  The checkoff rate provided in this subdivision is 
effective and must be automatically adjusted without amendment 
to the Minnesota dairy research and promotion order. 
    (b) Subdivision 1 applies for the establishment of the 
checkoff rate applicable to the dairy research and promotion 
council if:  
    (1) the Dairy Production Stabilization Act of 1983 is 
repealed; 
    (2) the Dairy Promotion and Research Order is suspended or 
terminated, in which case subdivision 1 applies only during the 
period of suspension or termination; or 
    (3) the federal credit for participation in a qualified 
state or regional dairy product or nutrition education program 
is eliminated. 
    Sec. 2.  Laws 1988, chapter 688, article 3, section 1, 
subdivision 3, is amended to read:  
    Subd. 3.  [DUTIES.] The Minnesota dairy task force shall by 
June 1, 1989 1990: 
    (1) gather existing information on increasing milk 
production efficiency of dairy cow herds, reducing input costs, 
and increasing profitability of dairy farms; 
    (2) establish a mechanism to disseminate gathered 
information to dairy farmers in a practical form; 
    (3) examine computerized analysis of dairy records and the 
available software, and recommend practical alternatives for 
dairy farmers to use computerized analysis; 
    (4) develop a preliminary draft of long-range goals, 
objectives, and time line achievement strategies for the dairy 
industry; 
    (5) study alternatives for component pricing of milk; 
    (6) recommend legislation needed to accomplish the 
objectives and goals in subdivision 2; and 
    (7) examine available data on patterns and relationships 
between changes in the purchase price of raw milk from dairy 
farmers and changes in the retail price of dairy products 
purchased by the consumer.  
    Sec. 3.  Laws 1988, chapter 688, article 3, section 2, is 
amended to read:  
    Sec. 2.  [REPORT.] 
    The Minnesota dairy task force shall prepare and submit an 
interim report on its activities, accomplishments, and 
recommendations to the committees on agriculture of the senate 
and house of representatives by February 1, 1989 1990. 
    Sec. 4.  Laws 1988, chapter 688, article 3, section 3, is 
amended to read:  
    Sec. 3.  [REPEALER.] 
    Section 1 is repealed effective June 30, 1990 1991. 

                               ARTICLE 6 

                  LAND TRANSFERS FROM FEDERAL AGENCIES
    Section 1.  [84.0276] [LAND TRANSFERS BY A FEDERAL AGENCY.] 
    Before the commissioner of natural resources accepts 
agricultural land or a farm homestead transferred in fee by a 
federal agency, the commissioner must consult with the board of 
water and soil resources for a determination of marginal land, 
tillable farmland, and farm homestead.  The commissioner must 
comply with the acquisition procedure under section 97A.145, 
subdivision 2, if the agricultural land or farm homestead was in 
an agricultural preserve as provided in section 40A.10. 

                               ARTICLE 7 

            AGRICULTURAL UTILIZATION AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 116O.09, 
subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
    Subdivision 1.  [ESTABLISHMENT.] The agricultural 
utilization research institute is established as a nonprofit 
corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code 
of 1986, as amended.  The corporation shall establish an 
agricultural utilization research institute to shall promote the 
establishment of new products and product uses and the expansion 
of existing markets for the state's agricultural commodities and 
products.  The institute must be located near an existing 
agricultural research facility in the agricultural region of the 
state.  
    Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 116O.09, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 1a.  [BOARD OF DIRECTORS.] The board of directors of 
the agricultural utilization research institute is comprised of: 
    (1) the chairs of the senate agriculture and rural 
development committee and the house of representatives 
agriculture committee; 
    (2) two representatives of statewide farm organizations; 
    (3) two representatives of agribusiness, one of whom is a 
member of the greater Minnesota corporation board representing 
agribusiness; and 
    (4) three representatives of the commodity promotion 
councils. 
    A member of the board of directors under clauses (1) to (4) 
may designate a permanent or temporary replacement member 
representing the same constituency. 
    Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 116O.09, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  [DUTIES.] (a) In addition to the duties and 
powers assigned to the institutes in section 116O.08, the 
agricultural utilization research institute shall: 
    (1) identify the various market segments characterized by 
Minnesota's agricultural industry, address each segment's 
individual needs, and identify development opportunities in each 
segment; 
    (2) develop and implement a utilization program for each 
segment that addresses its development needs and identifies 
techniques to meet those needs; 
    (3) coordinate research among the public and private 
organizations and individuals specifically addressing procedures 
to transfer new technology to businesses, farmers, and 
individuals; and 
    (4) provide research grants to public and private 
educational institutions and other organizations that are 
undertaking basic and applied research that would promote the 
development of the various agricultural industries. 
    (b) The agricultural utilization research institute board 
of directors, with the concurrence of the advisory board, shall 
have the sole approval authority for establishing agricultural 
utilization research priorities, requests for proposals to meet 
those priorities, awarding of grants, hiring and direction of 
personnel, and other expenditures of funds consistent with the 
adopted and approved mission and goals of the agricultural 
utilization research institute.  The actions and expenditures of 
the agricultural utilization research institute are subject to 
audit and regular annual report to the legislature in general 
and specifically the house of representatives agriculture 
committee, the senate agriculture and rural development 
committee, the house of representatives appropriations 
committee, and the senate finance committee. 
    Sec. 4.  [ADVISORY BOARD AND AURI BOARD.] 
    The advisory board is the permanent advisory board, and the 
present steering committee as constituted with elective 
positions from the advisory board is the governing board of the 
agricultural utilization research institute. 
    Sec. 5.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
    This article is effective the day following final enactment.

                               ARTICLE 8 

                   COMMUNITY AND URBAN REFORESTATION
    Section 1.  [COMMUNITY AND URBAN REFORESTATION STUDY.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS.] The legislature 
recognizes that the perils of disease and, increasingly in 
recent times, commercial and residential development present a 
serious threat to the prosperity and even survival of our 
community and urban forests.  Prompt action must be taken to 
reverse this trend. 
    Subd. 2.  [STUDY.] A main step in assuring preservation and 
prosperity of our community and urban forests is the prompt 
identification of the exact nature of the threat and a logical 
order of measures to be taken to relieve the threat.  To this 
end, the Minnesota shade tree advisory committee, in conjunction 
with the University of Minnesota and the state department of 
agriculture shall conduct a study of problems presently facing 
our community and urban forests.  The study shall focus upon 
such aspects of the problem as preserving the cooling effect of 
forestation with resulting energy savings, filtration of harmful 
particulate matter and absorption of harmful emissions, noise 
reduction, strategic planting and preservation of existing trees 
to maximize the benefits trees contribute to our environment, 
and such other aspects of the problem as the committee considers 
advisable. 
    Subd. 3.  [RECOMMENDATIONS.] The committee shall make its 
recommendations to the appropriate committees of the legislature 
in January of 1990.  Recommendations shall take the form of 
specific steps to halt the decline in community and urban 
forestation and to promote planting and preservation.  The 
recommendations shall be prioritized to stress the more critical 
needs and shall be accompanied by cost estimates wherever 
possible. 
    Sec. 2.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
    Section 1 is effective the day following final enactment. 

                               ARTICLE 9 

                    AGRICULTURAL INTERPRETIVE CENTER
    Section 1.  [POLICY OF PRESERVING HISTORY OF BASIC 
INDUSTRIES.] 
    Minnesota's historic basic industries are agriculture, 
mining, and forestry.  The history of these great human 
enterprises reaches back to and beyond the settlement of 
Minnesota by Minnesotans from other continents.  Throughout 
their long history each has evolved in ways that no single 
generation could foresee and no individual alone can remember.  
Their history holds intense fascination for contemporary 
Minnesotans.  It is the policy of the state to preserve and 
present that history in ways that do justice to its dramatic 
past and dynamic future.  For these reasons the maintenance of a 
living history agricultural interpretive center is a desirable 
public purpose. 

                               ARTICLE 10 

                      GRASSHOPPER CONTROL PROGRAM 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 18.022, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  [COST.] (a) In order To defray the cost of 
such the activities under subdivision 1, the governing body 
of any such the political subdivision may levy a special tax 
which, except when levied by a county, shall must not exceed 
two-thirds mill a gross tax capacity rate of .55 percent or a 
net tax capacity rate of .68 percent in any year in excess of 
charter or statutory millage tax capacity rate limitations, but 
not in any event more than 50 cents per capita, and any such 
except that the levy for the grasshopper control program under 
sections 23 to 26 is not subject to the 50 cents per capita 
limitation.  The political subdivision may make such a the levy, 
where necessary, separate from the general levy and at any time 
of the year.  (b) If, because of the prevalence of Dutch elm 
disease, the governing body of such a political subdivision is 
unable to defray the cost of control activities authorized by 
this section within the limits set by this subdivision, the 
limits set by this subdivision are increased to 1-1/3 mills a 
gross tax capacity rate of 1.1 percent or a net tax capacity 
rate of 1.36 percent, but not in any event more than one dollar 
per capita.  
    Sec. 2.  [18.0223] [GRASSHOPPER CONTROL ZONES.] 
    The commissioner of agriculture shall designate townships 
of counties that have had grasshopper surveys showing economic 
damage or potential economic damage as a grasshopper control 
zone where control programs under sections 2 to 4 will be 
undertaken. 
    Sec. 3.  [18.0225] [GRASSHOPPER CONTROL PROGRAM.] 
    (a) The commissioner of agriculture shall develop and 
implement a grasshopper control program to prevent crop damage 
in the grasshopper control zone.  Within grasshopper control 
zones the commissioner, landowners, and local weed inspectors 
have the same authorities and duties under chapter 18 for 
grasshoppers as if grasshoppers are noxious weeds under chapter 
18.  After consultation and cooperation with the state 
entomologist, the commissioner must develop the program to 
economically and efficiently control grasshoppers and to 
minimize adverse environmental impact, including the selection 
of pesticides and prescription of application rates. 
    (b) The grasshopper control program must utilize proven 
methods of grasshopper control and the commissioner may make 
grants for experimental methods of control in selected areas. 
    Sec. 4.  [COST-SHARE.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [ELIGIBILITY.] Private landowners are 
eligible for a 50 percent cost-share reimbursement for 
grasshopper control methods approved by the commissioner that 
are used on areas within the grasshopper control zone. 
    Subd. 2.  [INSPECTION.] (a) A county agricultural inspector 
and local weed inspectors shall inspect the property where the 
grasshopper control is to occur and approve the control method 
to be used. 
    (b) The local weed inspectors shall inspect areas for 
grasshopper infestation in grasshopper control zones.  
    Subd. 3.  [REIMBURSEMENT.] (a) An eligible private 
landowner may receive reimbursement for grasshopper control 
costs by presenting to the local weed inspector or the county 
agricultural inspector: 
    (1) an inspection statement that the property was inspected 
prior to the control method being used; and 
    (2) approval by the county agricultural inspector or local 
weed inspector that an approved method was used. 
    (b) The county agricultural inspector shall forward the 
reimbursement request to the county treasurer for payment. 
    (c) The county treasurer shall pay the reimbursement 
requests received from the county agricultural inspectors and 
local weed inspectors. 
    Subd. 4.  [PAYMENTS TO COUNTIES FOR COST-SHARE.] From 
within funds appropriated for the grasshopper control program, 
the commissioner of agriculture shall make payments to counties 
to pay for the cost-share payments under subdivision 3.  The 
commissioner shall make funds available in advance based on 
anticipated need to allow reimbursement payments to be made as 
quickly as possible. 
    Subd. 5.  [ADMINISTRATION.] (a) The commissioner of 
agriculture shall adopt procedures, guidelines, and forms to 
implement the grasshopper control cost-share program under this 
section.  The procedures, guidelines, and forms may be adopted 
notwithstanding chapter 14, except section 14.38, subdivisions 7 
and 8, must be complied with. 
    (b) The commissioner of agriculture may require accounting 
procedures and reports to implement the program. 
    Sec. 5.  [EXPERIMENTAL GRASSHOPPER CONTROL.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [AUTHORIZATION.] The commissioner of 
agriculture may designate certain areas or types of controls for 
an experimental control program for methods that are not 
commonly used in the state or have not been proven to be 
effective. 
    Subd. 2.  [ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS.] Public and private 
entities willing to participate in the experimental grasshopper 
control program may not be required to pay more than 20 percent 
of the cost of the experimental control methods on property they 
are responsible for controlling. 
    Subd. 3.  [ADMINISTRATION.] The commissioner shall develop 
the experimental grasshopper control program and may adopt 
rules, guidelines, and procedures notwithstanding chapter 14 to 
implement the program, except the commissioner must comply with 
section 14.38, subdivisions 7 and 8.  
    Sec. 6.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
     This article is effective the day following final enactment.

                               ARTICLE 11

                           FEDERAL UNIFORMITY
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 31.101, is 
amended to read: 
    31.101 [RULES; HEARINGS; UNIFORMITY WITH FEDERAL LAW.] 
    Subdivision 1.  The authority to promulgate and amend rules 
for the efficient administration and enforcement of the 
Minnesota food law is vested in the commissioner and is in 
addition to authority granted in sections 31.10, 31.11, and 
31.12.  Such rules when applicable shall conform, insofar as 
practicable and consistent with state law, with those 
promulgated under the federal law.  
    Subd. 2.  Hearings authorized or required by law shall be 
conducted by the commissioner or such officer, agent, or 
employee as the commissioner may designate for the purpose.  
    Subd. 3.  Federal pesticide chemical regulations and 
amendments thereto in effect on April 1, 1987 1988, adopted 
under authority of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and 
Rodenticide Act, as provided by United States Code, title 7, 
chapter 6, are the pesticide chemical rules in this state.  Such 
rules may be amended by the commissioner proceeding in 
accordance with the administrative procedure act.  
    Subd. 4.  Federal food additive regulations and amendments 
thereto in effect on April 1, 1987 1988, as provided by Code of 
Federal Regulations, title 21, parts 170 to 199, are the food 
additive rules in this state.  Such rules may be amended by the 
commissioner proceeding in accordance with the administrative 
procedure act.  
    Subd. 5.  Federal color additive regulations and amendments 
thereto in effect on April 1, 1987 1988, as provided by Code of 
Federal Regulations, title 21, parts 70 to 82, are the color 
additive rules in this state.  Such rules may be amended by the 
commissioner proceeding in accordance with the administrative 
procedure act.  
    Subd. 6.  Federal special dietary use regulations and 
amendments thereto in effect on April 1, 1987 1988, as provided 
by Code of Federal Regulations, title 21, parts 104 and 105, are 
the special dietary use rules in this state.  Such rules may be 
amended by the commissioner proceeding in accordance with the 
administrative procedure act.  
    Subd. 7.  Federal regulations and amendments thereto in 
effect on April 1, 1987 1988, adopted under the Fair Packaging 
and Labeling Act, as provided by United States Code, title 15, 
sections 1451 to 1461, are the rules in this state.  Such rules 
may be amended by the commissioner proceeding in accordance with 
the administrative procedure act; provided that the commissioner 
shall not adopt amendments to such rules or adopt other rules 
which are contrary to the labeling requirements for the net 
quantity of contents required pursuant to section 4 of the Fair 
Packaging and Labeling Act and the regulations promulgated 
thereunder.  
    Subd. 8.  Applicable federal regulations including 
recodification contained in Code of Federal Regulations, title 
21, parts 0-1299, Food and Drugs, in effect April 1, 1987 1988, 
and not otherwise adopted herein, also are adopted as food rules 
of this state.  Such rules may be amended by the commissioner in 
accordance with the administrative procedure act. 
    Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 31.102, 
subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
    Subdivision 1.  Federal definitions and standards of 
identity, quality and fill of container and amendments thereto, 
in effect on April 1, 1975 1988, adopted under authority of the 
federal act, are the definitions and standards of identity, 
quality and fill of container in this state.  Such rules may be 
amended by the commissioner proceeding in accordance with the 
administrative procedure act.  
    Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 31.103, 
subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
    Subdivision 1.  All labels of consumer commodities shall 
conform with the requirements for the declaration of net 
quantity of contents of section 4 of the Fair Packaging and 
Labeling Act (United States Code, title 15, section 1451 et 
seq.) and federal regulations in effect on April 1, 1975 1988, 
promulgated pursuant thereto, except to the extent that the 
commissioner shall exercise authority to amend such rules in 
accordance with the administrative procedure act.  Consumer 
commodities exempted from the requirements of section 4 of the 
Fair Packaging and Labeling Act shall also be exempt from this 
subdivision.  
    Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 31.104, is 
amended to read: 
    31.104 [FOOD LABELING EXEMPTION RULES.] 
    The commissioner shall promulgate rules exempting from any 
labeling requirement food which is, in accordance with the 
practice of the trade, to be processed, labeled or repacked in 
substantial quantities at establishments other than those where 
originally processed or packed, on condition that such food is 
not adulterated or misbranded upon removal from such processing, 
labeling or repacking establishment.  
    Federal regulations in effect on April 1, 1975 1988, 
adopted under authority of the federal act relating to such 
exemptions are effective in this state unless the commissioner 
shall exercise authority to amend such regulations.  The 
commissioner also may promulgate amendments to existing rules 
concerning exemptions in accordance with the administrative 
procedure act.  
    Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 31.11, is amended 
to read: 
    31.11 [RULES.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [FOOD LAWS.] For the purpose of preventing 
fraud and deception in the manufacture, use, sale, and 
transportation of food, or for the purpose of protecting and 
preserving the public health, it shall also be the duty of the 
commissioner to make and publish uniform rules, not inconsistent 
with law, for carrying out and enforcing the provisions of laws 
now or hereafter enacted relating to food; which rules shall be 
made in the manner provided by law.  Until such rules are made 
and published, the rules heretofore made by the commissioner 
shall remain in full force and effect, except as otherwise 
prescribed by law.  Any person who shall manufacture, use, sell, 
transport, offer for use, sale or transportation, or have in 
possession with intent to use, sell or transport, any article of 
food contrary to the provisions of any such rule, or who shall 
fail to comply with any such rule, shall be guilty of a 
misdemeanor.  
    Subd. 2.  [PLAN REVIEW FEES.] The commissioner shall, by 
rule, set plan review fees that will approximate the cost to the 
department of its review of plans and specifications submitted 
by food handlers. 
    There is created in the state treasury an account known as 
the food handler plan review fund.  Fees paid under this 
subdivision must be deposited in the food handler plan review 
fund.  Money in the food handler plan review fund is annually 
appropriated to the commissioner to pay the costs of the food 
handler plan and specifications review program. 

                               ARTICLE 12

                             SOY-BASED INK
    Section 1.  [16B.125] [PRINTING INKS; STATE PRINTING.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [DEFINITION; SOY-BASED INK.] For the 
purposes of this section, "soy-based ink" means printing ink 
made from soy oil.  
    Subd. 2.  [STATE PRINTER.] Whenever practical and 
economically feasible, the state printer shall consider the use 
of soy-based ink for printing orders or projects.  The printer 
shall also advise state agencies on and encourage them to use 
materials and printing processes that allow for the use of 
soy-based ink. 
    Subd. 3.  [STATE AGENCIES; PRINTING CONTRACTS.] When a 
state agency seeks to enter a contract for printing with, or 
otherwise purchases printing from, the state or another printer, 
the agency shall consider, when practical and economically 
feasible, specifying the use of soy-based ink when it can 
specify use of a newsprint product that is printed on a 
non-heat-set web press or a sheet-fed press.  Whenever 
practical, a state agency shall consider specifying materials 
and printing processes that enable use of soy-based ink. 
    Subd. 4.  [DETERMINATION OF USE.] When the state printer or 
a state agency is making a determination whether to use 
soy-based ink or not, the state printer or agency shall consider 
the practicality of soy-based ink with regard to the type of 
paper to be used in the project, the production schedule 
required, the type of printing equipment likely to be used, the 
availability of ink, the relative total project costs for using 
conventional ink versus soy-based ink, and any other relevant 
considerations. 

                               ARTICLE 13

                      MINNESOTA-GROWN WIC COUPONS
    Section 1.  [MINNESOTA-GROWN COUPONS FOR WIC RECIPIENTS.] 
    The commissioner of agriculture, in cooperation with the 
commissioner of health, shall conduct demonstration projects in 
conjunction with federal programs to give Minnesota-grown 
coupons redeemable for food identified with a Minnesota-grown 
logo or labeling statement at selected sites to participants in 
the federal supplemental food program for women, infants, and 
children.  The commissioner shall conduct an evaluation of the 
demonstration projects, prepare a report, and submit the report 
to the legislature by January 15, 1990. 

                               ARTICLE 14

                          NOXIOUS WEED CONTROL
    Section 1.  [18.192] [LOCAL SUSPENSION OF NOXIOUS WEED 
CONTROL.] 
    During a drought, a town board may suspend the duty of 
owners and occupants of land and road maintenance personnel to 
control noxious weeds if the vegetation is to be harvested for 
livestock feed under sections 18.191 to 18.272, except under 
order by the commissioner or the local weed inspector. 

                               ARTICLE 15

                         CHEESE MARKETING STUDY
    Section 1.  [INVESTIGATION OF CHEESE MARKETING; REPORT.] 
     (a) The commissioner of agriculture shall conduct an 
investigation and economic analysis of cheese marketing 
practices within the state, the upper midwest region, and the 
United States.  The purpose of the investigation is to evaluate 
the extent to which dairy farmers and cheese producers in 
Minnesota are benefited by local and regional institutions and 
practices through which cheese and cheese products are marketed. 
    (b) In conducting the investigation and economic analysis 
of cheese marketing practices and institutions, the commissioner 
shall, to the greatest practicable extent, solicit the 
cooperation and participation of dairy farmer producers, dairy 
processors, farm cooperatives, and agricultural businesses 
involved in the dairy industry. 
    (c) Not later than March 1, 1990, the commissioner shall 
report to the agriculture committees of the senate and the house 
of representatives the findings from the investigation and 
economic analysis of cheese marketing institutions and 
practices.  The commissioner may also recommend legislation to 
improve cheese marketing conditions for Minnesota dairy farmers 
and cheese producers. 

                               ARTICLE 16

                      MEDIATION AND FIRST REFUSAL 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 500.24, 
subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 6.  [DISPOSAL OF LAND.] (a) A state or federal 
agency, limited partnership, or a corporation, other than a 
family farm corporation or an authorized farm corporation, may 
not lease or sell agricultural land or a farm homestead that was 
acquired by enforcing a debt against the agricultural land or 
farm homestead, including foreclosure of a mortgage, accepting a 
deed in lieu of foreclosure, terminating a contract for deed, or 
accepting a deed in lieu of terminating a contract for deed, 
before offering or making a good faith effort to offer the land 
for sale or lease to the immediately preceding former owner at a 
price no higher than the highest price offered by a third party 
that is acceptable to the seller or lessor.  The offer must be 
made on the notice to offer form under subdivision 7.  The 
requirements of this subdivision do not apply to a sale or lease 
by a corporation that is a family farm corporation or an 
authorized farm corporation.  This subdivision applies only to a 
sale or lease when the seller or lessor acquired the property by 
enforcing a debt against the agricultural land or farm 
homestead, including foreclosure of a mortgage, accepting a deed 
in lieu of foreclosure, terminating a contract for deed, or 
accepting a deed in lieu of terminating a contract for deed.  
Selling or leasing property to a third party at a price is prima 
facie evidence that the price is acceptable to the seller or 
lessor.  The seller must provide written notice to the 
immediately preceding former owner that the agricultural land or 
farm homestead will be offered for sale at least 14 days before 
the agricultural land or farm homestead is offered for sale.  
    (b) An immediately preceding former owner is the entity 
with record legal title to the agricultural land or farm 
homestead before acquisition by the state or federal agency or 
corporation except:  if the immediately preceding former owner 
is a bankruptcy estate, the debtor in bankruptcy is the 
immediately preceding former owner; and if the agricultural land 
or farm homestead was acquired by termination of a contract for 
deed or deed in lieu of termination of a contract for deed, the 
immediately preceding former owner is the purchaser under the 
contract for deed.  For purposes of this subdivision, only a 
family farm, family farm corporation, or family farm partnership 
can be an immediately preceding former owner. 
    (c) An immediately preceding former owner may elect to 
purchase or lease the entire property or an agreed to portion of 
the property.  If the immediately preceding former owner elects 
to purchase or lease a portion of the property, the election 
must be reported in writing to the seller or lessor prior to the 
time the property is first offered for sale or lease.  If 
election is made to purchase or lease a portion of the property, 
the portion must be contiguous and compact so that it does not 
unreasonably reduce access to or the value of the remaining 
property. 
    (d) For purposes of this subdivision, the term "a price no 
higher than the highest price offered by a third party" means 
the acceptable cash price offered by a third party or the 
acceptable time-price offer made by a third party.  A cash price 
offer is one that involves simultaneous transfer of title for 
payment of the entire amount of the offer.  If the acceptable 
offer made by a third party is a time-price offer, the seller or 
lessor must make the same time-price offer or an equivalent cash 
offer to the immediately preceding former owner.  An equivalent 
cash offer is equal to the total of the payments made over a 
period of the time-price offer discounted by yield curve of the 
United States treasury notes and bonds of similar maturity on 
the first business day of the month in which the offer is 
personally delivered or mailed for time periods similar to the 
time period covered by the time-price offer, plus 2.0 percent.  
A time-price offer is an offer that is financed entirely or 
partially by the seller and includes an offer to purchase under 
a contract for deed or mortgage.  An equivalent cash offer is 
not required to be made if the state participates in an offer to 
a third party through the rural finance authority. 
     (e) This subdivision applies to a seller when the property 
is sold and to a lessor each time the property is leased, for 
five years after the agricultural land is acquired except:  
     (1) an offer to lease to the immediately preceding former 
owner is required only until the immediately preceding owner 
fails to accept an offer to lease the property or the property 
is sold; 
     (2) an offer to sell to the immediately preceding former 
owner is required until the property is sold; and 
     (3) if the immediately preceding former owner elects to 
lease or purchase a portion of the property, this subdivision 
does not apply to the seller with regard to the balance of the 
property after the election is made under paragraph (c).  
     (f) The notice of an offer under subdivision 7 that is 
personally delivered with a signed receipt or sent by certified 
mail with a receipt of mailing to the immediately preceding 
former owner's last known address is a good faith offer.  
     (g) This subdivision does not apply to a sale or lease that 
occurs after the seller or lessor has held the property for five 
years or longer.  
     (h) For purposes of this subdivision, if the immediately 
preceding former owner is a bankruptcy estate the debtor in the 
bankruptcy is the immediately preceding owner.  
     (i) The immediately preceding former owner must exercise 
the right to lease all or a portion of the agricultural land or 
a homestead located on agricultural land in writing within 15 
days after an offer to lease under this subdivision is mailed 
with a receipt of mailing or personally delivered.  If election 
is made to lease only the homestead or a portion of the 
agricultural land, the portion to be leased must be clearly 
identified in writing.  The immediately preceding former owner 
must exercise the right to buy the agricultural land, a portion 
of the agricultural land, or a farm homestead located on 
agricultural land, in writing, within 65 days after an offer to 
buy under this subdivision is mailed with a receipt of mailing 
or is personally delivered.  Within ten days after exercising 
the right to lease or buy by accepting the offer, the 
immediately preceding owner must fully perform according to the 
terms of the offer including paying the amounts due.  A seller 
may sell and a lessor may lease the agricultural land or farm 
homestead subject to this subdivision to the third party in 
accordance with their lease or purchase agreement if: 
     (1) the immediately preceding former owner does not accept 
an offer to lease or buy before the offer terminates; or 
     (2) the immediately preceding former owner does not perform 
the obligations of the offer, including paying the amounts due, 
within ten days after accepting the offer. 
     (j) A certificate indicating whether or not the property 
contains agricultural land or a farm homestead that is signed by 
the county assessor where the property is located and recorded 
in the office of the county recorder or the registrar of titles 
where the property is located is prima facie evidence of whether 
the property is agricultural land or a farm homestead. 
     (k) As prima facie evidence that an offer to sell or lease 
agricultural land or a farm homestead has terminated, a receipt 
of mailing the notice under subdivision 7 and an affidavit, 
signed by a person authorized to act on behalf of a state, 
federal agency, or corporation selling or leasing the 
agricultural land or a farm homestead may be filed in the office 
of the county recorder or registrar of titles of the county 
where the agricultural land or farm homestead is located.  The 
affidavit must state that: 
     (1) notice of an offer to buy or lease the agricultural 
land or farm homestead was provided to the immediately preceding 
former owner at a price not higher than the highest price 
offered by a third party that is acceptable; 
     (2) the time during which the immediately preceding former 
owner is required to exercise the right to buy or lease the 
agricultural land or farm homestead has expired; 
     (3) the immediately preceding former owner has not 
exercised the right to buy or lease the agricultural land or 
farm homestead as provided in this subdivision or has accepted 
an offer and has not fully performed according to the terms of 
the offer; and 
     (4) the offer to the immediately preceding former owner has 
terminated. 
     (l) The right of an immediately preceding former owner to 
receive an offer to lease or purchase agricultural land under 
this subdivision or to lease or purchase at a price no higher 
than the highest price offered by a third party that is 
acceptable to the seller or lessor may be extinguished or 
limited by an express statement signed by the immediately 
preceding owner that complies with the plain language 
requirements of section 325G.31.  The right may not be 
extinguished or limited except by: 
     (1) an express statement in a deed in lieu of foreclosure 
of the agricultural land; 
     (2) an express statement in a deed in lieu of a termination 
of a contract for deed for the agricultural land; 
     (3) an express statement conveying the right to the state 
or federal agency or corporation owning the agricultural land 
that is required to make an offer under this subdivision, 
however, the preceding former owner may rescind the conveyance 
by notifying the state or federal agency or corporation in 
writing within 20 calendar days after signing the express 
statement; 
    (4) to cure a title defect, an express statement conveying 
the right may be made to a person to whom the agricultural land 
has been transferred by the state or federal agency or 
corporation; or 
    (5) an express statement conveying the right to a contract 
for deed vendee to whom the agricultural land or farm homestead 
was sold under a contract for deed by the immediately preceding 
former owner if the express statement and the contract for deed 
are recorded. 
    (m) The right of an immediately preceding former owner to 
receive an offer to lease or purchase agricultural land under 
this subdivision may not be assigned or transferred except as 
provided in paragraph (l), but may be inherited.  
    (n) An immediately preceding former owner, except a former 
owner who is actively engaged in farming as defined in 
subdivision 2, paragraph (a), and who agrees to remain actively 
engaged in farming on a portion of the agricultural land or farm 
homestead for at least one year after accepting an offer under 
this subdivision, may not sell agricultural land acquired by 
accepting an offer under this subdivision if the arrangement of 
the sale was negotiated or agreed to prior to the former owner 
accepting the offer under this subdivision.  A person who sells 
property in violation of this paragraph is liable for damages 
plus reasonable attorney fees to a person who is damaged by a 
sale in violation of this paragraph.  There is a rebuttable 
presumption that a sale by an immediately preceding former owner 
is in violation of this paragraph if the sale takes place within 
180 270 days of the former owner accepting the offer under this 
subdivision.  This paragraph does not apply to a sale by an 
immediately preceding former owner to the owner's spouse, the 
owner's parents, the owner's sisters and brothers, the owner's 
spouse's sisters and brothers, or the owner's children. 
    Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 550.37, 
subdivision 4a, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 4a.  [ADJUSTMENT OF DOLLAR AMOUNTS.] (a) Except for 
subdivisions 5 and 7, the dollar amounts in this section shall 
change periodically as provided in this subdivision to the 
extent of changes in the implicit price deflator for the gross 
national product, 1972 = 100, compiled by the United States 
Department of Commerce, and hereafter referred to as the index.  
The index for December, 1980, is the reference base index.  
    (b) The designated dollar amounts shall change on July 1 of 
each even-numbered year if the percentage of change, calculated 
to the nearest whole percentage point, between the index for 
December of the preceding year and the reference base index is 
ten percent or more.  The portion of the percentage change in 
the index in excess of a multiple of ten percent shall be 
disregarded and the dollar amounts shall change only in 
multiples of ten percent of the amounts stated in this section. 
    (c) If the index is revised, the percentage of change 
pursuant to this section shall be calculated on the basis of the 
revised index.  If a revision of the index changes the reference 
base index, a revised reference base index shall be determined 
by multiplying the reference base index then applicable by the 
rebasing factor furnished by the department of commerce.  If the 
index is superseded, the index referred to in this section is 
the one represented by the department of commerce as reflecting 
most accurately changes in the purchasing power of the dollar 
for consumers.  
     (d) The commissioner of commerce shall announce and publish:
     (1) on or before April 30 of each year in which dollar 
amounts are to change, the changes in dollar amounts required by 
paragraph (b); and 
     (2) promptly after the changes occur, changes in the index 
required by paragraph (c) including, if applicable, the 
numerical equivalent of the reference base index under a revised 
reference base index and the designation or title of any index 
superseding the index.  
     (e) A person does not violate this chapter with respect to 
a transaction otherwise complying with this chapter if the 
person relies on dollar amounts either determined according to 
paragraph (b) or appearing in the last publication of the 
commissioner announcing the then current dollar amounts. 
    Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 550.37, 
subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 5.  Farm machines and implements used in farming 
operations by a debtor engaged principally in farming, 
livestock, farm produce, and standing crops, not exceeding 
$10,000 $13,000 in value.  When a debtor is a partnership of 
spouses or a partnership of natural persons related to each 
other within the third degree of kindred according to the rules 
of the civil law, for the purposes of the exemption in this 
subdivision, the partners may elect to treat the assets of the 
partnership as assets of the individual partners. 
    Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 550.37, 
subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 7.  The total value of property selected by a debtor 
pursuant to subdivisions 5 and 6 shall not 
exceed $10,000 $13,000, if the exemptions under subdivisions 5 
and 6 are combined. 
    Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 583.24, 
subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 4.  [DEBTS.] (a) The farmer-lender mediation act does 
not apply to a debt: 
    (1) for which a proof of claim form has been filed in 
bankruptcy by a creditor or that was listed as a scheduled debt, 
of a debtor who has filed a petition in bankruptcy after July 1, 
1987, under United States Code, title 11, chapter 7, 11, 12, or 
13; 
    (2) if the debt was in default when the creditor received a 
mediation proceeding notice under the farmer-lender mediation 
act and the creditor filed a claim form, the debt was mediated 
during the mediation period under section 583.26, subdivision 8, 
and (i) the mediation was unresolved; or (ii) a mediation 
agreement with respect to that debt was signed; 
    (3) for which the creditor has served a mediation notice, 
the debtor has failed to make a timely request for mediation, 
and within 30 45 days after the debtor failed to make a timely 
request the creditor began a proceeding to enforce the debt 
against the agricultural property of the debtor; 
    (4) for which a creditor has received a mediation 
proceeding notice and the creditor and debtor have restructured 
the debt and have signed a separate mediation agreement with 
respect to that debt; or 
    (5) for which there is a lien for rental value of farm 
machinery under section 514.661 or a lien for rental value 
relating to a contract for deed subject to the farmer-lender 
mediation act under section 559.2091.  
    (b) For purposes of paragraph (a), clause (3), providing a 
copy of a forbearance policy is considered beginning a 
proceeding to enforce a debt if the board of an institution has 
adopted a forbearance policy that provides for deferring or 
rescheduling payments of principal or interest, renewal or 
extension of loan terms, reduction in the amount or rate of 
principal or interest due on a loan, or other similar actions, 
and requires that the debtor must receive a copy of the policy 
at least 20 days prior to loan acceleration or debt collection 
proceedings. 
    Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 583.26, 
subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
    Subdivision 1.  [MEDIATION NOTICE.] (a) A creditor desiring 
to start a proceeding to enforce a debt against agricultural 
property under chapter 580 or 581 or sections 336.9-501 to 
336.9-508, to terminate a contract for deed to purchase 
agricultural property under section 559.21, or to garnish, levy 
on, execute on, seize, or attach agricultural property, must 
serve an applicable mediation notice under sections 336.9-501, 
550.365, 559.209, and 582.039 on the debtor and the director.  
The creditor must also file with the director proof of the date 
the mediation notice was served on the debtor.  The creditor may 
not begin the proceeding until the stay of the creditor's 
remedies is lifted under subdivision 5, or as allowed under 
sections 583.20 to 583.32. 
    (b) For purposes of the farmer-lender mediation act, 
starting a proceeding to enforce a debt means initiating a 
proceeding under chapter 550, 580, or 581; sections 336.9-501 to 
336.9-508; or section 559.21.  
    (c) The director shall combine all mediation notices for 
the same debtor that are received prior to the initial mediation 
meeting into one mediation proceeding.  
    Sec. 7.  Laws 1983, chapter 215, section 16, as amended by 
Laws 1984, chapter 474, section 7, as amended by Laws 1985, 
chapter 306, section 26, as amended by Laws 1987, chapter 292, 
section 36, is amended to read: 
    Sec. 16.  [REPEALER.] 
    Sections 1 to 15 are repealed effective July 1, 1989 1990, 
but any postponement or other relief ordered by a court 
continues to be valid for the period ordered by the court. 
    Sec. 8.  Laws 1986, chapter 398, article 1, section 18, as 
amended by Laws 1987, chapter 292, section 37, is amended to 
read: 
    Sec. 18.  [REPEALER.] 
    Sections 1 to 17 and Minnesota Statutes, section 336.9-501, 
subsections (6) and (7), and sections 583.284, 583.285, and 
583.305, are repealed on July 1, 1989 1990. 
     Sec. 9.  [FAMILY FARM SECURITY PROGRAM TRANSFER STUDY.] 
     A joint senate and house committee shall study the 
efficiency and appropriateness of terminating the family farm 
security program and transferring its loans, acquired 
properties, and personnel to the rural finance authority. 

                               ARTICLE 17 

                   ADVISORY TASK FORCE ON FARM SAFETY
    Section 1.  [ADVISORY TASK FORCE ON FARM SAFETY.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [PURPOSE AND DUTIES.] An advisory task 
force on farm safety consisting of 11 members is established.  
The principal purpose of the task force is to determine ways in 
which the very high risks of accident and injury to farm 
operators and their families and employees can be minimized.  
The task force may review relevant research and studies by other 
groups and organizations within or outside of Minnesota.  The 
task force may give particular attention to the safety of farm 
children and youth, accident prevention, equipment design, 
stress management, and safety education. 
    Subd. 2.  [MEMBERSHIP.] The commissioner of agriculture 
shall appoint members of the task force who are broadly 
representative of groups with an interest in farm safety.  At 
least one member must represent each of the following:  farm 
operators; farm organizations; farm equipment manufacturers or 
dealers; the rural health care industry; the agricultural 
chemicals industry; the insurance industry; and the Minnesota 
extension service.  The subcommitee on committees of the senate 
and the speaker of the house shall each appoint one member of 
the task force from their respective agriculture committees. 
    Subd. 3.  [EXPENSES AND EXPIRATION.] Expenses and 
expiration of the task force are governed by Minnesota Statutes, 
section 15.059, subdivision 6. 
    Subd. 4.  [STAFF ASSISTANCE.] The commissioner of 
agriculture shall provide staff assistance as required for 
efficient operation of the task force. 
    Subd. 5.  [REPORTS.] On or before March 1, 1990, the task 
force shall report to the house and senate committees on 
agriculture its findings and recommendations for legislation on 
farm accident prevention and other public policy changes that 
would be likely to improve health and safety on Minnesota farms. 
    Subd. 6.  [FUNDING.] In addition to money appropriated for 
purposes of this article, the commissioner may solicit from 
organizations and individuals contributions of money or in-kind 
services for purposes of the advisory task force and its report. 

                               ARTICLE 18

                          MOTOR FUEL LABELING 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 239.79, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  [GASOLINE-ALCOHOL BLENDS; IDENTIFICATION PRODUCT 
INFORMATION.] When gasoline blended with alcohol is sold, 
offered for sale, or dispensed for use in motor vehicles, the 
dispenser shall be clearly marked to identify the type of 
alcohol, if more than one percent by volume, blended with the 
gasoline.  The marking must consist of a white or yellow 
adhesive decal at least two inches by six inches with clearly 
printed black lettering at least one-half inch high and 
one-eighth inch in stroke.  The marking shall be conspicuously 
displayed on both sides of the dispenser and state that the 
gasoline "CONTAINS ETHANOL" or "CONTAINS METHANOL" or has been 
"ETHANOL ENRICHED."  This subdivision does not prohibit the 
posting of other alcohol or additive information in compliance 
with requirements of Code of Federal Regulations, title 40, part 
80.27(d). 

                               ARTICLE 19

                           WILD RICE LABELING 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 30.49, is 
amended to read: 
    30.49 [PADDY GROWN WILD RICE LABELING.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [CULTIVATED WILD RICE.] All (a) Except as 
provided in paragraph (b), wild rice which containing a portion 
of wild rice that is planted or cultivated and which is offered 
for wholesale or retail sale in this state shall must be plainly 
and conspicuously labeled as either "paddy grown" or as 
"cultivated" in letters of a size and form prescribed by the 
commissioner. 
    (b) Cultivated wild rice sold for international commerce is 
exempt from this subdivision. 
    Subd. 2.  [NATURAL LAKE OR RIVER WILD RICE.] (a) A package 
containing only 100 percent natural lake or river wild rice that 
is offered for sale at wholesale or retail sale in this state 
may be plainly and conspicuously labeled as "100 percent 
naturally grown, lake and river harvested" in letters of a size 
and form prescribed by the commissioner.  A package of wild rice 
labeled "100 percent naturally grown, lake and river harvested" 
must also contain the license number issued under section 84.152 
of the last licensed dealer, if any, who handled the wild rice. 
    (b) A package that does not contain 100 percent natural 
lake or river wild rice may not contain a label authorized under 
paragraph (a). 
    Subd. 3.  [RECORDS.] (a) A person who buys, sells, 
processes, or markets over 500 pounds of wild rice not for use 
in packaged blended rice and ready-to-eat rice must maintain the 
following records and shall submit annual reports on or before 
December 31 of each year to the commissioners of agriculture and 
natural resources.  A person who buys or sells, processes, or 
markets wild rice not for use in packaged blended rice and 
ready-to-eat rice shall provide the department, on demand, 
relevant information from the records required under this 
section. 
    (b) The report must contain: 
    (1) the date of each transaction; 
    (2) the quantity of wild rice bought or sold; 
    (3) an identification of whether the wild rice is 
cultivated or paddy grown, or whether it is naturally grown lake 
and river-harvested wild rice; 
    (4) the names and addresses of the parties of the 
transaction and the department of natural resources license or 
permit numbers; 
    (5) the lot numbers of all the wild rice bought or sold in 
each transaction; and 
    (6) documents that track the rice, by lot number, through 
processing and the assignment of a final lot number on the 
finished product offered for distribution or sale in Minnesota. 
    Subd. 4.  [FAIR PACKAGING AND LABELING.] Natural lake and 
river-harvested wild rice from public waters and cultivated or 
paddy grown wild rice are separate and distinct ingredients 
under the fair packaging and labeling provisions of section 
31.103. 
    Subd. 5.  [MISBRANDING RELATING TO INDIAN HARVESTED OR 
PROCESSED WILD RICE.] A wild rice label that implies the wild 
rice is harvested or processed by Indians is misbranded unless 
the package contains only 100 percent natural lake or river wild 
rice harvested by Indians. 
    Subd. 6.  [PACKAGED BLENDED RICE AND READY-TO-EAT RICE.] A 
package containing a blend of wild rice and at least 40 percent 
other grains or food products, and puffed or ready-to-eat wild 
rice, are exempt from this section, except subdivisions 3, 5, 
and 7. 
     Subd. 7.  [PENALTY.] Any person who sells wild rice at 
wholesale or retail which is not labeled as required by this 
section is guilty of a misdemeanor.  
    Sec. 2.  [REPEALER.] 
    Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 84.152, subdivision 5, is 
repealed. 
    Sec. 3.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
    Section 1, subdivisions 3, 6, and 7, and section 2 are 
effective July 1, 1989. 
    Section 1, subdivisions 1, 2, 4, and 5, are effective 
January 1, 1990, except that subdivision 5 as it applies to 
subdivision 6 is effective July 1, 1989. 

                               ARTICLE 20

                             APPROPRIATIONS
    Section 1.  [FEDERAL CROP INSURANCE.] 
    $700,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
commissioner of agriculture for making the federal crop 
insurance premium reimbursements under article 1.  This 
appropriation remains available until June 30, 1990. 
    Sec. 2.  [VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS.] 
    $700,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the state 
board of vocational technical education for: 
     (1) new staff for farm, small business management, 
beginning farmer programs, and enterprise classes specific to 
community needs; and 
     (2) evaluation of computerized farm business analysis 
system options. 
    Sec. 3.  [GRAIN INSPECTION COSTS; DULUTH.] 
    $70,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
commissioner of agriculture to be applied to the mandated cost 
of state grain inspection of bagged grain at the Seaway Port 
Authority of Duluth.  Of this appropriation $35,000 is available 
for the first year and $35,000 is available for the second year 
of the biennium ending June 30, 1991.  If the appropriation for 
either year is insufficient the appropriation for the other year 
is available. 
    Sec. 4.  [MARKETING MINNESOTA PRODUCTS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [APPROPRIATION.] $150,000 is appropriated 
from the general fund to the commissioner of agriculture for 
purposes of improving market opportunities for Minnesota 
products.  This appropriation is available for the biennium 
ending June 30, 1991, and may be used for activities under 
subdivisions 2 and 3. 
    Subd. 2.  [MARKET OPPORTUNITY RESEARCH.] The commissioner 
of agriculture shall increase the amount of information on the 
availability of foreign and domestic niche markets for specialty 
crops to producers and processors in the state including 
feasibility of expanding domestic markets for existing products, 
research of new foreign niche markets for potential new 
specialty crops in the state, and analysis of the existing 
market structure for state products.  
    The complement of the department of agriculture is 
increased by one position for activities under this subdivision. 
    Subd. 3.  [MARKETING INFORMATION AND DIRECT MARKETING 
ASSISTANCE FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS.] The commissioner shall 
assist producers in overcoming obstacles to direct marketing of 
existing products and potential new products in domestic and 
foreign potential niche markets, and to assist producers in 
organizing and marketing through producer organizations, such as 
producer and marketing cooperatives.  
    The complement of the department of agriculture is 
increased by two positions for activities under this subdivision.
    Sec. 5.  [BY-PRODUCT SOIL BUFFERING.] 
     $100,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
commissioner of agriculture for purposes of the demonstration 
project and study of industry by-product soil buffering 
materials in Laws 1988, chapter 688, article 7, to be available 
until June 30, 1991. 
    Sec. 6.  [AGRICULTURE LAND PRESERVATION AND CONSERVATION.] 
     $100,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
commissioner of agriculture to administer the agricultural land 
preservation and conservation responsibilities contained in 
Minnesota Statutes, chapter 40A, to be available until June 30, 
1991. 
     The approved complement of the department of agriculture is 
increased by one position. 
    Sec. 7.  [GRASSHOPPER CONTROL.] 
     $75,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
commissioner of agriculture for the grasshopper control program 
established in article 10.  This appropriation is available for 
the biennium ending June 30, 1991. 
    Sec. 8.  [AGRICULTURAL DATA COLLECTION TASK FORCE.] 
     $30,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
commissioner of agriculture to be available until June 30, 1991, 
to fund the activities of the agricultural data collection task 
force.  This appropriation is available only with the approval 
of the governor after consultation with the legislative advisory 
commission under Minnesota Statutes, section 3.30. 
    Sec. 9.  [MINNESOTA DAIRY TASK FORCE.] 
     $30,000 is transferred from the dairy unfair trade 
practices account to the commissioner of agriculture to be 
available until June 30, 1991, to be matched on a one-to-one 
basis by money from nonstate sources to pay for the expenses of 
the Minnesota dairy task force and pilot projects under Laws 
1988, chapter 688, article 3, section 1. 
    Sec. 10.  [COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT.] 
     $150,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
commissioner of trade and economic development for the community 
needs assessment model project as provided in article 2.  This 
appropriation is available for the biennium ending June 30, 1991.
    Sec. 11.  [AEROSPACE EXPLORATORIUM.] 
     $10,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
commissioner of trade and economic development to study the 
feasibility of an aerospace exploratorium at Sherburn, 
Minnesota, to be available until June 30, 1991. 
    Sec. 12.  [PORTABLE COMPUTERIZED FERTILIZATION.] 
    $75,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
University of Minnesota for a project by the department of soil 
science to design, develop, and demonstrate a portable 
computerized system automatically adapting fertilization rates 
to soil characteristics using existing on-farm applicators.  
This appropriation is available for the biennium ending June 30, 
1991. 
    Sec. 13.  [AGRICULTURAL CONTRACT TASK FORCE.] 
    $50,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
commissioner of agriculture to be available until June 30, 1990, 
to provide support services for the agricultural contract task 
force under Laws 1988, chapter 688, article 13, section 1, to 
compile and analyze the laws of other states relating to 
agricultural contracting issues, coordinate production of a 
brochure for producers with information about agricultural 
contracting, and prepare and submit a final report and 
recommendations to the legislature by January 1, 1991.  
    Sec. 14.  [ORGANIC CERTIFICATION.] 
    $100,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
commissioner of agriculture to be available for the fiscal year 
ending June 30, 1990, for a grant to an organic certification 
organization to continue the certification program for 
organically grown seeds, products, and food as authorized in 
Minnesota Statutes, section 31.95. 
    Sec. 15.  [AQUICULTURE.] 
     $150,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
commissioner of agriculture to be available until June 30, 1991, 
for aquiculture research, demonstration, and promotion. 
    The approved complement of the department of agriculture is 
increased by one position. 
    Sec. 16.  [SHADE TREE ADVISORY COMMITTEE.] 
     $20,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
commissioner of agriculture for disbursement to the shade tree 
advisory committee for the costs of the committee and consulting 
services in connection with the study directed by article 8. 
    Sec. 17.  [HEALTH SCREENING.] 
    $150,000 is appropriated from the general fund for the 
biennium ending June 30, 1991, to the commissioner of 
agriculture to provide funding to the environmental pathology 
program of the University of Minnesota's department of 
laboratory medicine and pathology and department of family 
practice and community health to conduct a health screening and 
intervention program for herbicide and fumigant applicators in 
the state.  This appropriation is nonrecurring and shall not be 
included in the base for the 1991-1993 biennial budget request. 
    Sec. 18.  [SMALL RUMINANT SPECIALIST.] 
    $40,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
University of Minnesota for use by the Minnesota extension 
service to fund a research and teaching position on small 
ruminant animals.  This appropriation represents 25 percent of 
the anticipated total cost of the position that will be jointly 
funded to the extent of approximately 50 percent by the 
university college of veterinary medicine and 25 percent by the 
agricultural experiment stations in cooperation with the 
university department of animal science.  This appropriation is 
available for the biennium ending June 30, 1991.  The 
appropriation is nonrecurring and shall not be included in the 
base for the 1991-1993 biennial budget request. 
    Sec. 19.  [KANARANZI-LITTLE ROCK WATERSHED DISTRICT.] 
    $50,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the board 
of water and soil resources for a grant to the Kanaranzi-Little 
Rock watershed district for purposes of implementing a federal 
conservation project in the district.  This appropriation is 
available for the biennium ending June 30, 1991. 
    Sec. 20.  [AGRICULTURE INFORMATION CENTERS.] 
    $200,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
commissioner of agriculture for agriculture information 
centers.  This appropriation requires a dollar for dollar 
nonstate match.  The general fund appropriation may be released 
at the rate of one dollar for each dollar of matching nonstate 
money that is raised.  The commissioner may credit in-kind 
contributions from nonstate sources for up to one-half of the 
required nonstate match. 
    Sec. 21.  [COUNTY AND DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SOCIETIES.] 
    $112,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
commissioner of agriculture as supplemental funding to provide 
state aid to county and district agricultural societies under 
Minnesota Statutes, section 38.02, during the fiscal year ending 
June 30, 1990. 
    Sec. 22.  [PSEUDORABIES RESEARCH.] 
    $175,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
University of Minnesota for further research on pseudorabies and 
the control or eradication of pseudorabies in Minnesota.  This 
appropriation is available for the biennium ending June 30, 
1991.  The appropriation is nonrecurring and shall not be 
included in the base for the 1991-1993 biennial budget request. 
    Sec. 23.  [PSEUDORABIES CONTROL.] 
    $175,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the board 
of animal health for continuing and expanding a control program 
for pseudorabies in swine.  The program must be coordinated by 
board of animal health personnel.  This appropriation is for the 
biennium ending June 30, 1991, and is in addition to other 
appropriations to the board of animal health for pseudorabies 
control. 
    Sec. 24.  [BLUEGRASS RESEARCH AND EVALUATION.] 
    $45,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
University of Minnesota to be available until June 30, 1991, for 
bluegrass seed production research and seed and turf evaluation. 
    Sec. 25.  [FORAGE AND TURF SEED SPECIALIST; CROOKSTON 
CAMPUS.] 
    $50,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
University of Minnesota for a crop management specialist on seed 
production of forage and turf species in northern Minnesota, and 
for supplies, services, and expenses related to the specialist's 
work.  The specialist must be located at the Crookston campus of 
the university.  This appropriation is available for the fiscal 
year ending June 30, 1990. 
    Sec. 26.  [BARLEY RESEARCH AND PROMOTION.] 
    $20,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
commissioner of agriculture to assist in the implementation of 
research and promotional orders for barley under Minnesota 
Statutes, sections 17.51 to 17.69.  Of this appropriation, 
$10,000 is available for the first year and $10,000 is available 
for the second year of the biennium ending June 30, 1991. 
    Sec. 27.  [ETHANOL PROMOTION.] 
    Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 41A.09, 
subdivision 1, $75,000 is appropriated from the general fund to 
the commissioner of agriculture for the biennium ending June 30, 
1991, for the purpose of promoting ethanol fuel usage.  
    Sec. 28.  [MINNESOTA-GROWN WIC COUPONS.] 
    $125,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
commissioner of agriculture for the biennium ending June 30, 
1991, to be available for a demonstration project to provide 
Minnesota-grown coupons to participants in the federal 
supplemental food program for women, infants, and children under 
article 13.  
    Sec. 29.  [TASK FORCE ON FARM SAFETY.] 
    $5,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
commissioner of agriculture for purposes of the advisory task 
force on farm safety under article 17. 
    Sec. 30.  [FARMER-LENDER MEDIATION COSTS.] 
    $300,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
Minnesota Extension Service for expenses of the farmer-lender 
mediation program.  This appropriation is available for the 
fiscal year ending June 30, 1990. 
    Sec. 31.  [FARM ADVOCATES PROGRAM.] 
    $100,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
commissioner of agriculture for support of the farm advocates 
program.  This appropriation is available for the fiscal year 
ending June 30, 1990. 
    By March 1, 1990, the commissioner shall report on the 
activities of the farm advocates program to the agriculture 
committees of the senate and house of representatives. 
    Presented to the governor May 30, 1989 
    Signed by the governor June 2, 1989, 10:10 a.m.