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S.F. No. 1859 - Agriculture Policy (Second Engrossment)
 
Author: Senator Bill Weber
 
Prepared By: Greg Knopff, Senate Analyst (651/296-9399)
 
Date: April 8, 2019



 

Section 1 [Aquaculture permits] provides that Pollution Control Agency (PCA) permits for saltwater aquatic farms must be classified as permits for agricultural operations.

Sections 2 to 4 [Definitions] define "saltwater aquaculture," "saltwater aquatic farm," and "saltwater aquatic life" for the purposes of regulation by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the PCA.

Section 5 [Transportation and importation of saltwater aquatic life] provides for transportation and importation of saltwater aquatic life into Minnesota that is in lieu of the general transportation and importation of aquatic life under the aquaculture statutes, since saltwater aquatic life will be unable to live in waters of the state.

Section 6 [Noncommercial pesticide applicator fees] reduces the pesticide license application fee to $10 from $50 for certain contractors providing services to the commissioner of transportation.

Sections 7 to 10 [AFREC extension] extends the 40 cent per ton fertilizer surcharge and the Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education program an additional ten years to 2030.

Section 11 [Storage of nursery stock] allows the commissioner of agriculture to approve additional nursery stock management practices.

Section 12 [Technical] clarifies the definition of “drug” for the purposes of the commercial feed law.

Sections 13, 14, and 18 [Custom exempt food handler license] establishes a custom exempt food handler license and fees.

Sections 15 to 17 [Delegation of food handler licensing and inspection] expands the delegation agreements with local governments to include all food handlers, otherwise licensed by the MDA.

Section 19 [Eggs in possession of a retailer] allows grade A eggs to be held by a retailer up to 46 days past the pack date, rather than the current 31 days for all eggs.

Section 20 [On-farm milk storage] provides that milk must not be stored in a farm bulk tank for more than 72 hours, unless the MDA waives the 72-hour restriction due to hardship, emergency, or natural disaster.

Section 21 [Dairy product labeling] allows dairy products from a state that does not have official plant numbers the option to be labeled with the name and address of the distributor.

Section 22 [Raw milk cheese labeling] requires a label on raw milk cheese that it has been aged at least 60 days.

Section 23 [Emergency food movement restrictions] clarifies that emergency food movement restrictions by the MDA are broader than those based solely on disease.

Section 24 [Advanced biofuel definition] modifies the definition of “advanced biofuel” for the purpose of the advanced biofuel bioincentive program.

Section 25 [Biomass definition] defines “biomass” for the purpose of the three bioincentive programs.

Section 26 [Renewable chemical definition] modifies the term “renewable chemical” for the purpose of the three renewable chemical bioincentive program.

Section 27 [Advanced biofuel producer payments; minimum production level] decreases the minimum advanced biofuel production level to 1,500 million metric British thermal units (MMbtu) from 23,750 MMbtu to be eligible for producer payments.  This section also makes technical changes.

Section 28 [Advanced biofuel producer payments; raw materials] adds oil and animal fats as raw materials that may be used to produce advanced biofuel and be eligible for producer payments. This section also eliminates the first-come, first-served basis for payments.

Section 29 [Cellulosic biomass requirements; advanced biofuels] makes technical and clarifying changes related to advanced biofuel production incentive payments.

Section 30 [Renewable chemical producer payments; minimum production level] decreases the minimum renewable chemical production level to 250,000 pounds from 750,000 pounds to be eligible for producer payments.  This section also makes technical changes.

Section 31 [Renewable chemical producer payments clarification] clarifies blending of renewable chemicals and the eligibility for payment. This section also eliminates the first-come, first-served basis for payments.

Section 32 [Cellulosic biomass requirements; renewable chemicals] makes technical and clarifying changes related to renewable chemical production incentive payments.

Section 33 [Biomass thermal; eligibility] makes technical changes to the biomass thermal incentive payment eligibility.

Section 34 [Biomass thermal producer payments clarification] makes technical changes to the biomass thermal production incentive eligibility. This section also eliminates the first-come, first-served basis for payments.

Section 35 [Cellulosic biomass requirements; biomass thermal] makes technical and clarifying changes related to biomass thermal production incentive payments.

Section 36 [Livestock expansion loan program] expands the eligibility for the Rural Finance Authority’s (RFA’s) livestock expansion loan program to include the purchase of a livestock farm.

Section 37 [Methane digester loan program] allows a borrower to receive more than one loan under the RFA’s methane digester loan program.

Section 38 [Livestock equipment loan program] increases the maximum loan under the RFA’s livestock equipment loan program to $100,000 from $40,000.

Section 39 [Farm opportunity loan program] increases the maximum loan under the RFA’s farm opportunity loan program to $100,000 for an individual from $45,000 and $250,000 for a group of four or more individuals from $180,000.

Section 40 [Pasture definition] combines two existing definition of “pasture” for the purposes of the feedlot program and adds a category of sacrificial areas as temporarily exempt from vegetation requirements.

Section 41 [Feedlot regulation] provides that a feedlot permit cannot include restrictions on pasture in the vicinity of the feedlot and that the natural deposit of manure on pasture is not a discharge into waters of the state. This section also strikes one of the definitions of “pasture” in current law.

Section 42 [Pasture definition] strikes a definition of “pasture” in current law.

Section 43 [Open-air swine basin prohibition] clarifies that the prohibition on new open-air swine basins does not apply to basins used solely for wastewater from truck-washing facilities.

Section 46 [Repealer] repeals the definitions of “biobased content” and “biobased formulated product” for the purpose of the bioincentive payment programs.

 
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