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Monday, August 18, 2014


7:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Minnesota Agriculture Tour

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.  Contact Ben Husch ( or 202-624-7779) or Scott Hendrick ( 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 
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


7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Forest Products: Sustainable Paper and Packaging Manufacturing Tour

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

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

7:30 AM -- 8:00 AM

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


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

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


  • 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


  • 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)


  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas


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


  • 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

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


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



4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

NRI Committee Business Meeting

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

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

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


2:15 PM to 3:30 PM

Transforming North America's Energy Outlook

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.

Book signing with Russell Gold to immediately follow session.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Al H. Carlson, North Dakota
  • Speaker:
  • Russell Gold, Wall Street Journal, Texas