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Monday, August 18, 2014

 

7:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Minnesota Agriculture Tour

Location:
Offsite -Offsite
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Agriculture
  • NCSL Hunger Partnership

SPACE IS LIMITED.  Contact Ben Husch (ben.husch@ncsl.org or 202-624-7779) or Scott Hendrick (scott.hendrick@ncsl.org or 303-856-1409) to sign up for this tour. 

7:00 AM 
Depart Minneapolis Convention Center Main Entrance for Estrem Farms
Coffee will be available. 

8:30 AM 
Breakfast
Welcome:  Senator Thomas Middleton (Co-Chair)

9:15 AM -- 9:45 AM
Tour Estrem Farms

10:00 AM 
Depart for Lamberts Landing

11:00 AM -- 12:00 PM
Tour Lamberts Landing

12:00 PM 
Depart for Second Harvest Heartland

12:30 PM 
Arrive at Second Harvest Heartland for Lunch

1:30 PM -- 2:30 PM
Tour Second Harvest Heartland

3:00 PM
Arrive at Minneapolis Convention Center



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 

7:30 AM to 1:15 PM

Task Force on Agriculture Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100IJ
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Agriculture

7:30 AM -- 8:00 AM
Breakfast

8:00 AM -- 8:15 AM
Welcome given by Senator Thomas Middleton (Co-Chair)

8:15 AM -- 9:00 AM
Field to Market:  What's Next

Speaker:

  • Rod Snyder, Field To Market, Washington, D.C.

9:00 AM -- 10:00 AM 
Food Safety Modernization Act:  Implementation and Beyond

Speakers:

  • Dr. Jeff Farrar, U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Barbara Cassens, U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Washington, D.C.

10:00 AM -- 10:45 AM
Animal Agriculture Housing Update

Speakers:

  • Dr. Janeen L. Salak-Johnson, Associate Professor, University of Illinois
  • Wayne Pacelle, Human Society of the United States

10:45 AM -- 12:00 PM
Innovative Land Use Strategies to Protect Military Bases -- Case Study of Camp Ripley, Minnesota
(Joint with the Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs)

Presiding:

  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas

Welcome:

  • Senator Paul Gazelka, Minnesota
  • Senator Carrie Ruud, Minnesota

Speakers:

  • Kristin Thomasgard, Program Director for Policy, Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment)
  • Major General Richard C. Nash, Adjutant General, Minnesota National Guard
  • Tom Landwehr, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • John Jaschke, Executive Director, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
  • Dave Frederickson, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Representative John Ward, Minnesota
  • Representative Ron Kresha, Minnesota

12:00 PM -- 12:15 PM
Break

12:15 PM -- 1:15 PM
Lunch Session:  New and Beginning Farmer Initiatives and Pollinator Health

 Speaker:

  • FFAS Deputy Under Secretary Karis Gutter, U.S. Department of Agriculture

 



 

11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

Cooking Up Hunger Solutions: A Conversation with Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods America

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Ballroom A
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Education Committee
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
  • NCSL Hunger Partnership

Celebrity chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern is best known for his popular Travel Channel series but he is also committed to combating hunger in America. Come join this discussion to learn about innovative partnerships, initiatives and data-driven strategies such as Taste of the NFL and Hunger-Free Minnesota, and what state legislators can bring to the table to craft local solutions to hunger challenges.

Book signing with Andrew Zimmern to immediately follow session.


  • Presiding:
  • Representative Dwight Evans, Pennsylvania
  • Senator Renee S. Unterman, Georgia
  • Speaker:
  • Kim Nelson, General Mills, Minnesota
  • Andrew Zimmern, Travel Channel, Minnesota

 

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

NRI Committee Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100DEFG
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Consider and discuss policies for the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee.


 

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Preparing for the Worst, Beyond Flooding

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-101DEFG
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
Over the past several years, uncharacteristic weather and other events have occurred in communities across the country, raising questions about disaster insurance. Can consumers get insurance to cover disasters beyond flood insurance? Are they prepared for events like earthquakes, mudslides and sinkholes?

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Martha Jane King, Kentucky
  • Panelist:
  • Kenton Brine, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, Washington
  • Daniel Schwarcz, University of Minnesota Law School

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

10:30 AM to 11:15 AM

NRI Committee Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100DEFG
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Continuation of any NRI Committee Business from Monday, August 19.


 

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Infrastructure Intersections: Transportation's Impact on the Whole Economy

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100DEFG
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Agriculture
Our country's transportation infrastructure system is increasingly converging with the other sectors of the economy including energy, agriculture and the environment. Explore how a well functioning transportation infrastructure system impacts these intersecting issues including energy exports, agricultural product shipments, vehicle emissions and more.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Ed Orcutt, Washington
  • Panelist:
  • Jennifer Macdonald, Association of American Railroads, Washington, D.C.
  • Michael Steenhoek, Soy Transportation Coalition, Iowa

 

2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

Flowing Forward: A Conversation on EPA's Waters of the U.S. Rule

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100DEFG
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Agriculture
Continuing Legal Education
In March 2014, the EPA released its proposed Waters of the U.S. rule which aims to define which bodies fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act, therefore requiring CWA permits. Hear from EPA officials on the proposed rule and discuss what this all means for state and local communities, permitting departments and the agriculture industry.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Ross Tolleson, Georgia
  • Panelist:
  • Virginia Albrecht, Hunton & Williams LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Ken Kopocis, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington, D.C.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

 

7:15 AM to 8:30 AM

Food and Farm Breakfast: Bringing Together Urban and Rural Legislators

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200ABIJ
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Agriculture
  • NCSL Hunger Partnership
Over the last half century, advancements in agriculture technology have allowed rural farmers to increase the size of their farms and the rate of production. At the same time urban and metro areas have continued to gain a larger share of the population. While each group faces its own distinct set of policy issues, they also overlap in a number of common areas. Join us for a discussion on how urban and rural legislators can work together to benefit our nation's food and farm system.

  • Speaker:
  • Representative John J. Diehl, Missouri
  • Representative Dwight Evans, Pennsylvania

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges ADM for sponsoring this breakfast.
 

3:45 PM to 5:00 PM

How Technology Is Changing Agriculture

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100DEFG
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Agriculture
Since their introduction in 1996, genetically engineered crops have grown rapidly. But concern over the safety of these genetically modified organisms (GMO) continues. More than half the states have considered laws requiring GMO labeling. Hear what experts from both sides of the debate have to say about this hot issue.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Justin Cronin, South Dakota
  • Panelist:
  • Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group, Washington, D.C.
  • Mandy Hagan, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Errol Schweizer, Whole Foods Market, Texas
  • Michael Zerr, Cargill, Minnesota

 

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Task Force on Agriculture Reception

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center -L Level Lobby
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Agriculture
Following the "How Technology is Changing Agriculture" Issue Forum, this reception will highlight Minnesota's agriculture sector and their support for NCSL and the Legislative Summit.