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S.F. No. 780 - Agriculture and Housing Appropriations (Third Engrossment)
 
Author: Senator Torrey N. Westrom
 
Prepared By: Greg Knopff, Senate Analyst (651/296-9399)
 
Date: April 18, 2017



 

ARTICLE 1. AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS.

Section 1 [Agriculture appropriations] is the standard language for how the appropriations in this article are treated.

Section 2 [Department of Agriculture] appropriates just under $100.9 million for the biennium to the Department of Agriculture.  Of this amount, just under $100.2 million is from the general fund and $776,000 is from the remediation fund.  This does not include money statutorily appropriated from the agricultural fund.

Section 3 [Board of Animal Health] appropriates almost $10.8 million for the biennium from the general fund to the Board of Animal Health.

Section 4 [AURI] appropriates just under $7.6 million for the biennium from the general fund to the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI).

Section 5 [Tractor rollover protection grants] modifies the tractor rollover protection grant program to provide grants for 100 percent of the cost to schools for rollover protection structures.  This is from SF 357, Frentz.

Section 6 [Administrative costs] reduces the amount allowed for administrative costs under the tractor rollover protection grant program to six percent from 20 percent.  This is from SF 493, Goggin.

Section 7 [Noxious weed notification] provides for notification on the Department of Agriculture’s Web site when a weed on the noxious weed eradicate list is confirmed.  This is from SF 405, Draheim.

Section 8 [Label compliance] prohibits the Commissioner of Agriculture from requiring an applicator to demonstrate label compliance and need prior to use of a pesticide.

Section 9 [Siding production payments; start date] moves back the starting date to July 1, 2019, for a siding facility to be eligible for producer payments.

Section 10 [Shrimp producer payments] creates a production incentive program for new shrimp production capacity located in Minnesota.  To be eligible, the production facility must produce at least 25,000 pounds of shrimp per quarter, not begin production before July 1, 2019, and begin production by July 1, 2025.  At least 80 percent of the feed must be purchased in Minnesota.

Eligible shrimp producers will receive a payment of 69 cents per pound of shrimp produced in Minnesota up to a maximum of 2 million pounds of shrimp produced in a quarter for any single producer.  Shrimp producers are eligible for the production payment for the first five years of production.  The maximum payment for all eligible shrimp production in Minnesota in a single quarter is $1.25 million.  If the total amount of eligible production exceeds this amount, the payments will be awarded on a pro rata basis.

Shrimp producers will receive the production payments on a quarterly basis by submitting claim forms to the Commissioner of Agriculture.  Each claim must be examined by a certified public accounting firm with a valid permit to practice in Minnesota.  This is from SF 841, Weber.

Section 11 [Wolf-livestock conflict resolution grants pilot program] establishes a pilot program for grants to reimburse livestock producers in the wolf range for the cost of conflict prevention activities.

Section 12 [Repealer] repeals the statutory appropriation for the siding producer payment that will now be made from a direct appropriation.

ARTICLE 2. HOUSING.

Section 1 [Housing appropriations] is the standard language for how the appropriations in this article are treated.

Section 2 [Housing Finance Agency] appropriates just under $101.6 million for the biennium from the general fund to the Housing Finance Agency.

Section 3 [Mandatory fire sprinklers prohibited] prohibits mandating fire sprinklers for single-family homes in the state.

Sections 4 and 5 [Class I manufactured home park] establishes criteria to qualify as a Class I manufactured home park for a special property tax classification.

Section 6 [Manufacture home park infrastructure grants] provides for grants to nonprofit organizations, cooperatives, and local government for infrastructure improvements.  This is from SF 1215, Koran.

Section 7 [Housing Finance Agency report] directs the Housing Finance Agency to report to the legislature on their affordable housing plan and funding available in their affordable housing pool.

 
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