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Agricultural Nutrient Task Force
2005 Minn. Laws 1st Special Session Chap. 1 Art. 1 Sec. 94
Function: The 2005 legislature passed legislation directing the Commissioner of Agriculture to assemble an Agricultural Nutrient Task Force (ANTF) to study four topics related to agricultural nutrient issues. The Task Force was to review and make recommendations on at least the following four topics and practices:
The need for research, education and training in the selection and application of agricultural fertilizer and soil nutrients in the state;
The imposition of a tonnage fee on all agricultural fertilizer applied in Minnesota and the designated uses of the proceeds from the fee;
The desirability of amending statutes and rules that apply to the selection, purchase, storage, and application of agricultural fertilizer and soil nutrients, including the reasonableness of rules for their on-farm storage; and
Methods of inspections and monitoring for compliance.
Active dates:2005 - June 30, 2006
A twenty member task force was formed in August of 2005 and met five times between Sept, 2005 and Feb., 2006. Members had diverse agricultural backgrounds collectively knowledgeable about soil fertility research, fertilizer sales and management issues, general producer opinions and challenges, and associated policy and rules. The ANTF heard presentations, reviewed a variety of documents, discussed and deliberated information related to their charge in statutes. The meetings were exceptionally well attended (one exception due to adverse weather). Recommendations were thoroughly discussed and determined through an agreed upon procedure at the final meeting. (taken from Final Report, p.2)
Commissioner of Agriculture
15 public members appointed by the commissioner. Meetings are held at the Department of Agriculture.
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