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



 

7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Forest Products Pre-Conference Tour

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis -11st Street Lobby
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee

NCSL's Forest Products Pre-Conference Tour convenes state legislators and key legislative staff for a substantive, hands-on and timely conversation about sustainable manufacturing processes and the role that forest products play in state and national economies. Visit International Paper Company's Roseville-Twin Cities Recycling Collection Center as well as the RockTenn Containerboard and Coated Paperboard Mill. Note: This tour is an invitation-only event. Please contact Ben Husch (202-624-7779) or Melanie Condon (202-624-3597) for additional information.

7:00 AM -- 7:30 AM
Meet in Hilton Minneapolis Hotel Lobby (1001 South Marquette Avenue).  Breakfast and coffee will be provided.

7:30 AM
Board Buses for International Paper Company (buses will be boarding from the 11th Street Hilton entrance).

8:30 AM -- 10:15 AM 
Tour IP Recycling Facility

Legislators will learn about the collection and processing of recyclable paper and paper-based packaging (old corrugated containers -- cardboard, office paper, printing paper) and how the successful market-driven system provides fiber for local and regional paper mills.
 
10:15 AM -- 12:00 PM
RockTenn Mill Tour

The RockTenn St. Paul Paper Mill manufactures 100% recycled containerboard (corrugated medium) and 100% recycle coated paperboard.  At the mill, legislators will learn about the process and the sustainable manufacturing principles used by the company to reach voluntary sustainability goals.  

12:30 PM -- 2:00 PM 
Lunch at Indeed Brewery

2:30 PM 
Arrive at Hilton Minneapolis Hotel



Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges American Forest & Paper Association and member companies for sponsoring this tour.

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
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.


 

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.

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.