2014 Legislative Summit


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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 
Meet at the Minneapolis Convention Center Main Entrance to Depart

Coffee will be available. 

7:10 AM
Depart for Northfield Hog and Soy Farm

Welcome:  Senator Thomas Middleton (Co-Chair)

8:00 AM -- 8:45 AM
Breakfast

8:45 AM -- 9:45 AM
Tour Northfield Hog and Soy Farm

10:00 AM 
Depart for Facility 2 (to be determined)

10:30 AM -- 11:30 AM
Tour Facility 2 (to be determined)

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 Hilton



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 

7:30 AM to 1:00 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
A New Land Conservation Technique Combining Agriculture and Defense:  Sentinel Landscapes and Military Sustainability
(Joint with the Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs)

Presiding:

  • Kristin Thomasgard, Deputy Program Director for Policy, Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program, DUSD I&E

Speakers:

  • Bruce Beard, Associate Director, Military Collaboration Institute for Renewable Natural Resources, Texas A&M University, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Paul Gazelka, Minnesota
  • Major General Richard C. Nash, Adjutant General, Minnesota National Guard
  • Tom Landwehr, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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

 



 

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.


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.

  • 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.

  • Panelist:
  • Virginia Albrecht, Hunton & Williams LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Robert Perciasepe, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.

 

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

The Future of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Power Supply Sector

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100DEFG
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Due to various mandates through the president's Climate Action Plan, the EPA has released two proposed regulations in the past year dealing with greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants. Hear from the EPA on its rules and discuss how they may impact power plants in the future.

  • Panelist:
  • Collette Honorable, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Washington, D.C.
  • Robert Perciasepe, U.S. Department of the Environment, Washington, D.C.

Sponsored By: NEMA

Thursday, August 21, 2014

 

2:15 PM to 3:30 PM

Transforming North America's Energy Outlook

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200DEFG
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
America's abundant supply of domestic crude oil and natural gas is driving industrial growth and influencing state energy planning. Examine the oil and gas revolution and how states are addressing its potential economic and environmental effects.


 

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:
  • Speaker Terie T. Norelli, New Hampshire
  • Panelist:
  • Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group, Washington, D.C.
  • Randal Giroux, Cargill, Minnesota
  • Mandy Hagan, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Washington, D.C.