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S.F. No. 1995 - Farmed Cervidae Modifications (First Engrossment)
Author: Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen
Prepared By: Greg Knopff, Senate Analyst (651/296-9399)
Date: March 7, 2019


Sections 1 and 2 [Commercial herd definition] define “commercial herd” and noncommercial herd for the purpose of the inspection fees charged.

Section 3 [Farmed Cervidae fencing] provides that the fencing must be high tensile and that any gates must have two redundant gates. This section also requires fence deficiencies to be repaired within 48 hours of the inspection and additional inspections when a fence deficiency is found.

Section 4 [Farmed Cervidae identification] requires a unique number for all farmed Cervidae. This section also allows the commissioner of natural resources to destroy farmed Cevidae not properly identified.

Section 5 [Inspections] allows a natural resources enforcement officer to inspect Cervidae farms, removes the maximum inspection fee for commercial herds, and sets the fee for noncommercial herds at $100/year. This section also requires inspections every four months.

Section 6 [Contested case hearing] provides that a contested case hearing for revocation of a farmed Cervidae registration must be submitted within 30 days of the revocation.

Section 7 [Registration revocation] allows the Board of Animal Health to revoke a farmed Cervidae registration when the facility has experienced two escapes within a 12-month period. A natural resources enforcement officer may destroy all Cervidae 30 days after registration revocation or following a final decision of a contest case hearing, whichever is later.

Section 8 [Chronic wasting disease detection] provides that when chronic wasting disease is found in a herd, other than a closed terminal facility, the herd must be immediately depopulated, an exclusionary fence be maintained for the site for five years, and the site may not be repopulated. This section also requires the information be provided in writing for the site or when the property is transferred or sold.

Section 9 [Appropriation] appropriates just over $1.8 million from the general fund to the commissioner of natural resources for a grant to the University of Minnesota for the development of a chronic wasting disease test that uses samples from living deer.

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