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i_yfarmers_2017a_2017-08-10t09:01:25z10 Hearing Summary

Date: 08/10/2017

Location: SCR 357

Final

Bill Requests



YOUNG AND BEGINNING FARMERS


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Motion to draft Bill 1, concerning the creation of

Motion to draft Bill 2, concerning the creation of

Motion to draft Bill 3, creating agriculture distr

Motion to draft Bill 4, creating a digital Beginni

Motion to draft Bill 5, concerning agriculture tec

Motion to draft Bill 6, creating a grant program i
Pass Without Objection

Pass Without Objection

Pass Without Objection

Pass Without Objection

Pass Without Objection

Pass Without Objection







03:41 PM -- Bill Requests



Senator Sonnenberg explained the process for requesting bill drafts, and invited staff to answer any questions.



03:43 PM



Senator Donovan stated that she has three different proposals for legislation. She requested that a bill be drafted regarding agriculture workforce and development and creating an internship program. Jery Payne, Office of Legislative Legal Services, responded to questions from the committee about the drafting of a bill.


BILL: Bill Requests
TIME: 03:48:57 PM
MOVED: Donovan
MOTION: Motion to draft Bill 1, concerning the creation of an agriculture internship within the existing innovation industry workforce development program established by House Bill 15-1230. The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Catlin
Crowder
Donovan
Jackson
McLachlan
Sonnenberg
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 REMOTE PARTICIPATION: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection


BILL: Bill Requests
TIME: 03:52:38 PM
MOVED: Donovan
MOTION: Motion to draft Bill 2, concerning the creation of an agricultural internship and grant program. The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Catlin
Crowder
Donovan
Jackson
McLachlan
Sonnenberg
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 REMOTE PARTICIPATION: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection





03:54 PM



Senator Donovan moved to draft a bill modeled after legislation in Wisconsin that would create an agricultural district to serve as a geographic guideline for programs available in certain areas. Committee discussion ensued.


BILL: Bill Requests
TIME: 04:06:24 PM
MOVED: Donovan
MOTION: Motion to draft Bill 3, creating agriculture districts. The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Catlin
Crowder
Donovan
Jackson
McLachlan
Sonnenberg
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 REMOTE PARTICIPATION: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection


BILL: Bill Requests
TIME: 04:07:24 PM
MOVED: Donovan
MOTION: Motion to draft Bill 4, creating a digital Beginning Farmer Rancher Network. The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Catlin
Crowder
Donovan
Jackson
McLachlan
Sonnenberg
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 REMOTE PARTICIPATION: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection





04:09 PM



Representative Catlin proposed that a bill be drafted that addresses the importance of innovative technology within the agriculture sector in the state.


BILL: Bill Requests
TIME: 04:11:45 PM
MOVED: Catlin
MOTION: Motion to draft Bill 5, concerning agriculture technology. The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Catlin
Crowder
Donovan
Jackson
McLachlan
Sonnenberg
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 REMOTE PARTICIPATION: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection





04:13 PM



Senator Sonnenberg discussed a possible bill draft that would assist community colleges in creating a program that would expand opportunities for young and beginning farmers and ranchers. Committee discussion ensued.



04:17 PM



Mr. Anderson returned to the table to respond to questions about the needs of community colleges to develop agriculture business management programs. Mr. Anderson stated that there is a growing demand for similar programs throughout the state. Mr. Anderson suggested that creating a financial incentive for colleges to create agriculture business management programs would provide more financing for such programs. Committee discussion ensued.



04:27 PM



Mr. Card returned to the table to respond to questions regarding community college resources. Mr. Womochil returned to the table to respond to questions regarding the expansion of the agricultural business management programs.


BILL: Bill Requests
TIME: 04:39:43 PM
MOVED: Crowder
MOTION: Motion to draft Bill 6, creating a grant program incentivizing students to enroll in agriculture business management courses. The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Catlin
Crowder
Donovan
Jackson
McLachlan
Sonnenberg
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 REMOTE PARTICIPATION: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection







04:42 PM



Mr. Payne clarified that the chairperson of the committee can set a date by which the bills must be finalized. Senator Sonnenberg stated that the bills must finalized by September 15, 2017.



04:44 PM



The committee adjourned.