An agricultural emergency account is established in the agricultural fund. Money in the account, including interest, is appropriated to the commissioner for emergency response and preparedness activities for agricultural emergencies affecting producers of livestock, poultry, crops, or other agricultural products. Eligible uses include, but are not limited to, purchasing necessary equipment and reimbursing costs incurred by local units of government that are not eligible for reimbursement from other sources.
The commissioner may transfer money in the account to the Board of Animal Health, other state agencies, or the University of Minnesota for purposes of subdivision 1.
No later than February 1 each year, the commissioner must report activities and expenditures under this section to the legislative committees and divisions with jurisdiction over agriculture finance.