House Agricultural Affairs Committee

 

2004 Minutes

January 14, 2004
January 16, 2004 - Subcommittee
January 20, 2004 - Subcommittee
January 20, 2004 - Joint Meeting
January 22, 2004 - Joint Meeting
January 26, 2004
January 28, 2004

February 2, 2004
February 2, 2004 - Subcommittee
February 4, 2004
February 4, 2004 - Subcommittee
February 10, 2004
February 12, 2004
February 16, 2004
February 18, 2004
February 24, 2004
February 26, 2004

March 2, 2004
March 4, 2004
March 8, 2004
March 12, 2004
March 16, 2004
March 18, 2004
March 19, 2004

DATE: January 14, 2004
TIME: 1:30 P.M.
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Chairman Jones, Vice Chairman Trail, Representatives Lake, Stevenson, Bolz, Langford, Rydalch, Shirley, Jaquet, Andersen, Naccarato
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

Representative Field (23)
GUESTS: Laura Johnson: ISDA, Hyrum Allen: Intern, Dar Olberding: Idaho Grain Producers Assoc., Bob Naerbout: Idaho Dairymans Assoc., Gayle Batt: IEOSA, Julie Pense: Times News
Chairman Jones called the meeting to order at 1:34 p.m.

Returning members, new members, and guests were introduced.

Subcommittee assignments were given for the rules review. Subcommittee assignments are as follows:

GENERAL ADMINISTRATION:
Representative Trail (Chairman)
Representative Rydalch
Representative Anderson

LIVESTOCK:
Representative Lake (Chairman)
Representative Langford
Representative Jaquet

CROPS:
Representative Stevenson (Chairman)
Representative Bolz
Representative Shirley
Representative Naccarato

Subcommittee chairmen were asked to hold their meetings as soon as possible. The subcommittee for administration was requested to move quickly on the weights and measurements rule.

There is a possibility of grant funding for anaerobic digestion within the next couple of months. A letter requesting funds will be sent to Richard Sims, State Conservationist, United States Department of Agriculture. All committee members agreed and will sign the letter of the request (see attached). Representative Stevenson will attend the meeting and present this letter.

Representative Rydalch will contact Mr. Hess of the INEEL for the possibility of additional federal money for anaerobic digestion.

Chairman Jones asked if there were any known RS's that are coming this session. Currently there are only four in the House and two in the Senate from the Department of Agriculture. Representative Bolz informed of one regarding mint and Representative Trail informed of one from Representative Meyer regarding field burning.

Chairman Jones handed out copies of "The Council of State Government" sheets that are accessible to subscribe to on the internet at "corr@csg.org."

There will be two joint meetings; January 20, 2004, at 3:00 p.m. in the Caucus Room (regarding invasive species) and January 22, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. also in the Caucus Room. (Outreach meeting with the Department of Agriculture).

ADJOURN: The meeting was adjourned at 2:10 p.m.




DATE: January 16, 2004
TIME: 8:30 a.m.
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Vice Chairman Trail, Representatives Rydalch, Andersen
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

None
GUESTS: Please refer to the presenters highlighted below and the attached committee sign-in sheet.

Representative Trail, Committee Chair, called the meeting to order at

8:33 a.m.

DOCKET NO.

02-0403-0301

Rules Governing Animal Industry

John Chatburn, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, presented to the committee an overview of Docket No. 02-0403-0301 and it's deletions and changes.

MOTION: Representative Rydalch made a motion to recommend to the full committee that 02-0403-0301 be approved. Representative Anderson seconded the motion.

Motion approved unanimously.

DOCKET NO.

02-0426-0301

Rules Governing Livestock Marketing

John Chatburn, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, gave a brief overview of Docket No. 02-0426-0301. This rule updates the rules for public Livestock Markets and addresses disease surveillance, record keeping and animal movement related to buying stations and livestock dealers. Buying stations whose status has been revoked, have 7 days for slaughter of cattle, punishment is a misdemeanor and $5,000 fine.

There has been a ban on cattle "feed" since 1997. It takes 7 to 8 years for mad cow to affect people. West Nile virus does not affect cattle.

Bruce Billington, Twin Falls Livestock, expressed concern how small buying stations pop up all around and are not monitored as closely as the stockyards. They do not have a veterinarian or brand inspector on the premise at all times as the auction yards do. There are only 14 auctions in Idaho that are regulated and licensed with veterinarians and brand inspectors. There are numerous buying stations. They have no license, no registration, or charter. Buying Stations are for slaughter only. They shouldn't trade or sell back to the country.

Judy Bartlett, with IFBF, agrees with the rules but would like to see something in law to control cattle disease.

Lloyd Knight, Idaho Cattle Assoc., supports the rules. It gives use tools to monitor livestock moving from place to place.

Clarence Siroky, Veterinarian ISPA also supports the rules. In the future there will be a national animal identification system that will better track the movement of livestock from place to place.

Ron Navison, Treasure Valley Livestock, supports that buying stations should have the same rules as the stockyards.

MOTION: Representative Anderson made a motion to recommend to the full committee that Docket 02-0426-0301 be approved. Representative Rydalch seconded the motion.

Motion approved unanimously.

DOCKET NO.

02-0104-0301

Rules Governing the Idaho Preferred Promotion Program

Laura Johnson, ISDA - Market Development, walked through the rules governing the Idaho Preferred Promotion Program. The Idaho Preferred Program was developed to promote Idaho food and agricultural products. Products carrying the made in Idaho label must contain 80% of Idaho materials, 20% must be made in Idaho for Agriculture and 50% non-food materials from Idaho.

MOTION: Representative Rydalch made a motion to recommend to the full committee that 02-0104-0301 be approved. Representative Anderson seconded the motion.

Motion approved unanimously.

DOCKET NO.

02-0212-0301

Bonded Warehouse Rules

Russ Dapsauski, ISDA - Warehouse, presented Docket No. 02-0212-0301 to the committee containing a request for insurance calculation reduction; clarification of scale weight ticket requirements; clarification of guidelines for the issuance of a single bond, irrevocable letter of credit and certificate of deposit; clarification of NPE requirements; and clarification of assessment remittance deadline.

Dar Olberding, Idaho Grain Producers Assoc. agreed with Docket No. 02-0212-0301.

MOTION: Representative Rydalch made a motion to recommend to the full committee that 02-0212-0301 be approved. Representative Anderson seconded the motion.

Motion approved unanimously.

DOCKET NO.

02-0213-0301

Commodity Dealers' Rules

Russ Dapsauski, ISDA - Warehouse, presented to the committee Docket No. 02-0213-0301, clarification of scale weight ticket requirements; clarification of guidelines for the issuance of a single bond, irrevocable letter of credit and certificate of deposit; clarification of NPE requirements; and clarification of assessment remittance deadline.

Dar Olberding, Idaho Gain Producers Assoc., agreed with Docket No. 02-0213-0301.

MOTION: Representative Anderson made a motion to recommend to the full committee that Docket 02-0213-0301 be approved. Representative Rydalch seconded the motion.

Motion approved unanimously.

DOCKET NO.

02-0215-0301

Rules for Governing the Seed Indemnity Fund

Wes Jones, ISDA - Warehouse, presented to the committee Docket No. 02-0215-0301; clarification of scale weight ticket requirements; clarification of guidelines for the issuance of a single bond, irrevocable letter of credit and certificate of deposit; and clarification of assessment remittance deadline.

MOTION: Representative Rydalch made a motion to recommend to the full committee that 02-0215-0301 be approved. Representative Anderson seconded the motion.

Motion approved unanimously.

DOCKET NO.

02-0214-0301

Department of Agriculture Rules For Weights and Measures

Tom Schafer, ISDA, informed the committee that the Senate is creating a bill pertaining to this rule on weights and measures.

Pam Eaton, Idaho Retailers Assn., supports this to become a law, but only because they want to keep the program running.

MOTION: Representative Rydalch made a motion to recommend to the full committee that 02-0214-0301 be approved. Representative Anderson seconded the motion.

Motion approved unanimously.

ADJOURN: Meeting was adjourned at 11:10 a.m.




DATE: January 20, 2004
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Chairman Stevenson, Bolz, Shirley, Naccarato
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

None
GUESTS: Please refer to the presenters highlighted below and the attached committee sign-in sheet.
Representative Stevenson, Committee Chair, called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m.
DOCKET NO.

02-0625-0301

Small Legume Seeds

Russ Dapsauski, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, presented to the committee the reasoning of deleting "small legume seeds" from the definition of Agricultural Commodities in Title 69, Chapter2, Idaho Code, effective July 2002, as a result of Title 22, Chapter 51 Idaho Code, Seed Indemnity Fund Law becoming effective.

MOTION: Representative Bolz made a motion to recommend to the full committee that 02-0625-0301 be approved.

Motion approved unanimously.

DOCKET NO.

02-0626-0301

Rules Governing Seed Potato Crop Management Areas

Barry West, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, explained this rule is needed to include the new Picabo Seed Potato Crop Management Area to Blaine County.

MOTION: Representative Shirley made a motion to recommend to the full committee that 02-0626-0301 be approved.

Motion approved unanimously.

DOCKET NO.

02-0640-0301

Rules Governing Ginseng Export. Rules Governing Ginseng Crop Management Area For Magic Valley.

Mike Cooper, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, informed that this rule would create a paper trail for cultivated ginseng so a grower can immediately enter the program, and upon compliance, begin to export. It would also change the title and authority for the rule and eliminate the requirement for a management area. There are two growers of ginseng in the Magic Valley and three growers in northern Idaho.

MOTION: Representative Bolz made a motion to recommend to the full committee that 02-0640-0301 be approved.

Motion approved unanimously.

DOCKET NO.

02-0604-0301

Phytosanitary and Post-Entry Seed Certification Rules

Mike Cooper, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, explained that the export certification program budget has gone into a deficit in the past year requiring the shifting of personnel to other programs to allow the budget to recover. No serious overhaul of the fee structure has been undertaken in the past ten years. The fee structure in IDAPA 02.06.04.500 and IDAPA 02.06.06.550 will be revised to reflect the proposed fee increases. The proposed fees are in line with those of surrounding states and less that those charged by the USDA for similar services.

MOTION: Representative Naccarato made a motion to recommend to the full committee that 02-0604-0301 be approved.

Motion approved unanimously.

DOCKET NO.

02-0606-0301

Rules Governing The Planting Of Beans (Phaseolus SPP) In Idaho

Mike Cooper, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, informed this rule is a companion rule to the previous seed rule, 02-0604-0301.

MOTION: Representative Bolz made a motion to recommend to the full committee that 02-0606-0301 be approved.

Motion approved unanimously.

DOCKET NO.

02-0616-0301

Crop Residue Disposal Rules

Sherm Takatori, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, explained the registration fee of one dollar ($1) per acre for any fields located in the ten northern counties (Idaho, Lewis, Nez Perce, Clearwater, Latah, Shoshone, Benewah, Kootenia, Bonner, Boundary) to fund the Crop Residue Disposal program.

Dar Olberding, IGPA, supports docket 02-0616-0301.

MOTION: Representative Naccarato made a motion to recommend to the full committee that 02-0616-0301 be approved.

Motion approved unanimously.

DOCKET NO.

02-0605-0301

Rules Governing Diseases Of Hops (Humulus Lupulus)

Mike Cooper, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, explained a request was made by the Idaho Hop Commission to remove Boundary County from IDAPA 02.06.05 Section 100. Control Area for the purpose of allowing imported hops planting material into the county without the requirement for a two-year evaluation of disease freedom outside of the control area. Elk Mountain Farms is the only hop grower in that area. This would allow them to have control of the plant from the start.

MOTION: Representative Bolz made a motion to recommend to the full committee that 02-0605-0301 be approved.

Motion approved unanimously.

ADJOURN: Meeting was adjourned at 2:20 p.m.




DATE: January 20, 2004
TIME: 3:00 pm
PLACE: House Majority Caucus Room 309
SENATE

MEMBERS PRESENT:

Chairman Williams, Vice Chairman Noble, Senators Noh, Burtenshaw, Schroeder, Goedde, Gannon, Stennett, Kennedy
HOUSE

MEMBERS PRESENT:

Representatives Lake, Stevenson, Bolz, Langford, Rydalch, Shirley, Andersen, Naccarato
MEMBERS ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

Senators: None

Representatives: Chairman Jones, Vice Chairman Trail, Representatives Jaquet, Field (23)

Convened: Chairman Senator Williams convened the meeting at 3:05 p.m.
Introductions: Chairman Senator Williams introduced himself to the Joint Committee members and then introduced the featured speaker Joseph Hinson, Northwest Natural Resource Group. The Chairman also introduced Bas Hargrove, The Nature Conservancy, and Mike Cooper, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, who would be available to answer any questions following the presentation.
Presentation Joseph Hinson, Northwest Natural Resource Group, presented to the House and Senate Agricultural Affairs Committees, a PowerPoint presentation on Invasive Species, and the Assessment of Invasive Species Management in Idaho (Executive Summary, Preparing to Meet the Challenge, An Assessment of Invasive Species Management in Idaho). A copy is on file in the Committee Secretary's office.

Mr. Hinson provided copies of the Assessment's Executive

Summary to the Committee members, stating the full Assessment consisted of some 120 pages. Copies of the full Assessment can be found through the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, Fish and Game, Parks and Recreation, or the Governor's office.

Mr. Hinson stated this presentation was the public unveiling of the

assessment. The issue of invasive species is an important public policy issue, and there is not any legislation pertaining to the issue this year. It is important to the health of humans and animals to be aware of these Invasive Species, such as: West Nile Virus, Hawkweed, White Pine Blister Rust, Yellow Starthistle. Invasive Species threaten Idaho recreation (Eurasian watermilfoil), and destroy urban environments (Asian Long-horned Beetle, Asian big-headed flying carp).

Mr. Hinson stated the approximate figure spent on Invasive

Species Management, including weeds, was somewhere between seven and ten million dollars. The responsibility for the management resides with 20 federal agencies and 10 cabinet level departments. This fact leads to confusing federal responses to the issue. President Bill Clinton's Executive Order 13112 (E.O. 13112) led to the creation of a federal invasive species plan. In developing Idaho's plan, those at the federal level as well as in the northwest region, were consulted to compile the most effective management of species for the future.

There were six key findings in the Executive Summary:

  1. Management in Idaho is fragmented
  2. More education and awareness of Invasive Species among landowners, policy makers, and the general public is needed
  3. Idaho does a good job managing weeds, pests, and forest insects, but other invasive species, such as aquatic invaders, receive little attention
  4. Resources are scarce. There is a need to look towards science to set priorities and cost effective management measures.
  5. Funding is the key to success
  6. Its better to prevent than to control

Mr. Hinson stated that what Idaho needs now are the financial

resources, legal authorities and organization that can meet the coming challenges. These are the goals of the Invasive Species Summit planned for February 17th, 2004. At the Summit he anticipates a framework of a policy will be compiled. Mr. Hinson said invasive species needs to be recognized as a serious problem and that it deserves a serious effort.

Discussion on the issue included: Representative Rydalch

recommended inviting scientists from the federal labs to the Summit, Senator Noh commented on a yellow starthistle case in the Magic Valley, Senator Burtenshaw asked about the successful activity, spray versus burning, or control with livestock in eradicating the invasive weeds. Mike Cooper, ISDA (Idaho State Department of Agriculture) commented on two types of beetles: Japanese beetle, and the serial leaf beetle. John Chatburn, ISDA, commented on the report put out by the Cooperative Weed Management Areas and stated he would have a summary of last years activity in these areas available around the time of the Summit.

Jim Yost, Senior Advisor, Governor Kempthorne's office,

stated the Governor is interested in coordinating state and federal agencies. The Summit will showcase and explain the Assessment, and will allow for input from as wide a field of experts as possible. He stated over a hundred invitations were sent out and he commented on the extensive list of Summit sponsors. Lastly he encouraged attendance to the Summit.

Adjourned: Chairman Williams adjourned the meeting at 3:40 p.m.




DATE: January 22, 2004
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
PLACE: Room 311 - Caucus Room
MEMBERS: House: Chairman Jones, Vice Chairman Trail, Representatives Field(23), Lake, Stevenson, Bolz, Langford, Rydalch, Shirley, Jaquet, Andersen, Naccarato

Senate: Chairman Williams, Vice Chairman Noble, Senators Noh, Burtenshaw, Schroeder, Gannon, Stennett, Kennedy

ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

Senator Goedde
GUESTS: Please refer to the presenters highlighted below and the attached committee sign-in sheet.


Chairman Jones called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m.

Chairman Jones welcomed the Senators and Representatives to the Joint Meeting along with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture. Pat Takasugi, Director, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, was given the floor for introductions of his staff giving the presentations. The Department of Agriculture presented a PowerPoint presentation, and provided a packet of information for each Committee member. A copy of both are on file in the office of the Agricultural Affairs Committee.

Dr. Clarence Siroky, Administrator, Animal Industries Division, presented information on BSE.

  1. BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) is a degenerative disease of the central nervous system in cattle. It is always fatal.
  2. BSE is not contagious, it cannot spread from cow to cow.
  3. BSE is spread when cattle ingest feed that contains infected central nervous system tissue. (Brain, spinal cord, etc.)
  4. BSE is not found in muscle cuts of meat. It is not found in blood and milk.

The current situation is one cow was diagnosed with BSE in Washington state. This cow was imported from Canada in a herd of 81 head. The USDA has located 19 animals of the 81, and is continuing to trace the others. USDA/Washington State's Task Force has identified "Cattle Of Interest." (COI) Tracing of these cattle is being conducted in several states. Another 17 head have been located from the original herd. The ISDA are conducting interviews and record searches of several dealers, saleyards, and farms identified as receiving COI. The Task Force has identified one of the 81 animals as having moved to an Idaho dairy. This cow died March, 2003.

Currently there is not an organized way to track cattle. The USDA has depopulated and tested 129 animals in Washington State. The USDA has published interim final regulations on slaughter establishments which include a ban on non-ambulatory/disable animals entering the human food chain.

Dr. Siroky has been working 10-12 years on an identification program. The process is called RFID. It will be a mandatory national program. It will register all premises where food animals are held or kept by having a tag number on the animal's ear. These tags would be in specific animals groups, ex. sheep will be with other sheep, cattle to other cattle, etc. USDA will maintain national premises information. The goal is to have a 48-hour trace back capability for disease control purposes. Idaho is at an extreme advantage because we have branding and grazing associations. There is a good chance this will be funded federally. Because of Idaho's advantage, we could start registering July of this year.

The USDA has accelerated the implementation of the national program. They have asked states to submit pilot project proposals to implement this program. The ISDA is working with the Brand Board and the livestock industry to develop a pilot state proposal.

Mike Cooper, Bureau Chief, Bureau of Feeds and Plant Services, spoke on the animal feed program. The USDA banned the feeding of ruminant protein to ruminants in 1997. The ISDA reviews all animal feed labels submitted for registration for compliance. In 2001, ISDA began inspecting all feed mills in Idaho under contract with the FDA for compliance with the ban. The ISDA makes about 50 inspections a year. ISDA is exploring on-farm feed inspections under an expanded contract the FDA. The FDA has blood as exempt and can be used.

Laura Johnson, Marketing Bureau Chief, explained the marketing strategy for both interstate and international. Idaho exports 60% of it's peas and lentils and 55% of it's wheat. Idaho has trade offices with Mexico, Taiwan, Korea, and China.

Idaho's newest advertising campaign is "Idaho Preferred". This started in November and will be more visible this spring. Ms. Johnson showed a short commercial that will be shown locally. Wal-Mart and Paul's Markets have been featured for marketing Idaho products exclusively.

Sherm Takatori, Program Manager, Crop Residue Disposal Program, is in charge of pesticide application licensing and training and smoke management. Air quality standards are established by the IDEQ and US EPA. The ISDA manages agriculture smoke within these standards. According to Title 22, Chapter 48, Idaho Code, Smoke Management and Crop Residue Disposal, current penalty provision for northern ten counties only. The Statewide Smoke Management Plan in 2003 had 106,691 acres registered and a total of 81,642 acres burned. Representative Trail reported he had only one smoke complaint verses 25 the year before. This is because of new equipment/more personnel for the 2003 season and additional weather monitoring equipment. More information is available to the public on burning at www.agri.idaho.gov.



John Chatburn, Deputy Administrator, Animal Industries Division, explained the Agriculture Odor Management Act that became law on

July 1, 2001. Livestock, dairy and plant investigators, engineers and technical staff respond to odor complaints and conduct investigations. The consumer complaint line is 866-435-0490. The ISDA has issued notices of violations to 4 operations. All four facilities have submitted Odor Management Plans. One facility was penalized for violation of the plan. Plans are modified to reflect changes and improvements to the operation.

Six dairy facilities have invested $6.5 million to improve odor conditions. They are planning an additional $900,000 to $3.4 million this year to further improve systems. The ISDA anticipates establishing odor standards through a negotiated rule process this summer. ISDA may have a set of rules for the Legislature next session.

David Ferguson, Range Riparian Program Specialist, Soil Conservation Commission, gave a brief update on the Soil Conservation Commission. It is a non-regulatory agency that supports landowners through conservation districts in the wise use and enhancement of soil, water, and related resources. Water quality employees 12 contract employees and 7 full time. Other SCC programs include:

  1. Nearly $1 million (federal money) for endangered species
  2. Landowners receive over $600,000 in tax credit
  3. New 2003 agriculture pollution abatement plan
  4. New 2003 carbon sequestration report
  5. One-plan nutrient management planner to be used nationally
  6. Pollution trading


Mike Evertt, Deputy Director, Agricultural Resources Division, presented a brief budget report since a more thorough one will be presented at JFAC on Friday.

Pat Takasugi, closed the meeting with the announcement of a press release regarding BSE was being released as we speak.

ADJOURN: Chairman Jones adjourned the meeting at 3:40 p.m.




DATE: January 26, 2004
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Chairman Jones, Vice Chairman Trail, Representatives Field(23), Lake, Stevenson, Bolz, Langford, Rydalch, Shirley, Jaquet, Andersen, Naccarato
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

Jaquet, Field
GUESTS: Please refer to the presenters highlighted below and the attached committee sign-in sheet.
Chairman Jones called the meeting to order at 1:35 p.m.
MINUTES: Representative Shirley moved to accept the minutes of January 14th with one correction. All Aye. Motion carried.

Chairman Jones asked the Subcommittee Chairmen to give their reports on the Subcommittee rules review meetings.

MOTION: Representative Trail moved to accept the minutes of the General Administration Subcommittee. All Aye. Motion carried.
MOTION: Representative Stevenson moved to accept the minutes of the Crop Subcommittee. All Aye. Motion carried.
Letters will be sent to Chairman Jones from the Subcommittee Chairmen accepting the rules from the Crop and Administration subcommittees.

Chairman Jones welcomed some members of the Magic Valley Leadership Program seated in the gallery. An entire busload made the trip from Twin Falls to be at the Business Day luncheon and to sit in committee meetings to get a better understanding of the law making process.

RS 13448



MOTION:



RS 13449

Laura Johnson, Marketing Bureau Chief, ISDA, explained the purpose of this RS is to simplify reporting requirements for cooperative marketing associations by eliminating the separate reporting requirement to the state department of agriculture. It will also eliminate the requirement to file annual reports with the department of agriculture.

Representative Langford moved to introduce RS13448 to print. All Aye. Motion carried.

Chairman Jones requested Ms. Johnson for a copy of Section 22-2619, Idaho Code. This RS will repeal this section.

Mike Cooper, Bureau Chief, Feeds and Plant Services, ISDA, explained that Idaho no longer has a commercial prune industry and this would repeal the Prune Commission. The Commission has not functioned for almost 20 years. The fruit is now called dried plums and not prunes.

MOTION: Representative Andersen moved to introduce RS13449 to print. All Aye. Motion carried.
RS 13477C1

Mike Cooper, Bureau Chief, Feeds and Plant Services, ISDA, explained this would speed up the paper process. This would result in the establishment of an annual survey of the fertilizer industry to determine a set dollar amount on each of the various nutrients used by the industry. This would greatly expedite the process with more timely notification to the industry and assessment of penalties. The values would be published annually and used in determining and assessing penalties.
MOTION: Representative Shirley moved to introduce RS13477C1 to print. All Aye. Motion carried.
RS 13671 Roger Batt, Idaho Eastern-Oregon seed Association, explained this allows the small seed dealer not to be required to obtain a license. Any in-state seed dealer or an out-of-state seed dealer, who sells, offers for sale, exposes for sale or delivers seed only in packages of less that eight ounces, shall not need a license. This is basically a housekeeping bill.
MOTION: Representative Lake moved to introduce RS 13671 to print. All Aye. Motion carried.
ADJOURN: Meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m.




DATE: January 28, 2004
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Chairman Jones, Vice Chairman Trail, Representatives Field(23), Lake, Stevenson, Bolz, Langford, Rydalch, Shirley, Jaquet, Andersen, Naccarato
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

None
GUESTS: Please refer to the presenters highlighted below and the attached committee sign-in sheet.

Chairman Jones called the meeting to order at 1:35 p.m.

PRESENTATION:



















PRESENTATION:

Rick Waitley, Chairman of the Dean's Advisory Board for the College of Agricultural and Life Science, introduced Dean John Hammel. Dean Hammel is the new Dean at the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Science. He will hold that position for the next 18 to 30 months.

Dean Hammel introduced his administrative team: Charlotte Eberlien; Director of Extension, Rich Garber; Director of Advancement and Development, and Bob Haggerty; Director of International Programs and several members of the college advisory board.

The University of Idaho, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, includes a broad range of programs extending from youth, family and community to biotechnology and the environment to the traditional agricultural sciences. Approximately one half of the faculty and staff, and approximately one half of the annual expenditures in agricultural research and extension are located at off-campus locations. There are faculty and staff in extension offices in 42 of the 44 counties in Idaho.

The scientists in the college of Agricultural and Life Sciences were the first in the world to clone an equine species. Approximately 65 million people worldwide have heard about this accomplishment. The value of this publicity to Idaho and the University of Idaho has been estimated to be in excess of $75 million.

Breeding programs in wheat, potatoes, beans, and oil seeds have been long standing programs at the college. These genetic improvement programs add more value to Idaho's economy, make our producers and industry more profitable and competitive in the national and global markets. The biofuel development is critical to create alternatives uses for Idaho crops and commodities and to provide alternative crop management options to our producers.

The college is currently evaluating anaerobic digester technologies for the reduction of odor and the bioconversion of waste to energy and other beneficial uses. Another program addresses the deleterious impacts of field residue burning on air quality. A relatively new program is located in Salmon, Idaho. At this center work on noxious weeds, forage production and evaluation, and calf pneumonia is being conducted. Work is also being conducted with private sectors on electronic ID technology for cattle.

The state investment of $5.3 million that was invested in the Agricultural Biotechnology facility, has returned to the state over $10 million in nationally competitive grant awards. These funds enhance the college's ability to provide quality educational programs and to support graduate and undergraduate students.

In the recent past, the "fund shift" has been funded by the governor and approved by this committee. If it is not funded this year, it will cause the college to reduce their budget by a total of $162,000.

The question was asked to Dean Hammel if any of the facilities or personnel were federally funded. The facilities on the research side, no. The extension side, yes. The number has been consistent the past two years.

In answer to the question regarding the University being involved with international trade, Dean Hammel explained they are involved with the governor's program with Mexico and other international dealings.

The enrollment at the University for agriculture has increased. There are a variety of occupations from the graduates including child development, clothing textile and design, and pre-med classes. If the graduates are mobile, they can be very competitive in the job market.

Blaine Jacobson, Executive Director, Idaho Wheat Commission, presented the Idaho Wheat Commissions' Budget Report as required in Section 22-3319(4), Idaho Code.

Activities carried out by the Idaho Wheat Commission on behalf of Idaho wheat growers are funded by a $.015 per bushel wheat tax. This tax is remitted quarterly. Revenue from the wheat tax during FY03 is expected to be $1,350,000 while the approved FY04 spending budget is $1,916,000. The gap between expected revenue and budgeted spending will be covered with a draw down of IWC reserves. As of January 1,2004, the IWC cash reserves are $2,560,244.

Dollars remitted by Idaho wheat growers are invested on their behalf in foreign and domestic market development, variety development and other research, and information and education. The amount of the budget committed to administrative payroll and office operations has been reduced from 22.1% in 2003 to 20.7% in 2004.

Farmland planted into wheat is not expected to increase significantly in 2005. Approximately two-thirds of Idaho's production is grown on irrigated farmland and one-third is grown on dryland. Approximately two-thirds of the cop is winter wheat and the remaining one-third is spring wheat.

Soft white wheat makes up the largest amount of Idaho wheat grown. It is roughly 57% of the annual crop. Hard red is the second most popular class, at 38%. The remaining 5% is split between hard white and club wheat.

Forty percent of Idaho's crop goes to domestic mills and customers. This includes the Pendleton mill in Blackfoot, mills in Ogden, and customers in California. Roughly 60% of the crop is exported.

The top foreign destinations include Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and Taiwan. The Idaho Wheat Commission, Idaho Farm Bureau, and other Idaho grain industry leaders have worked to develop customers in Mexico. In conjunction with the Governor's 2003 Trade Mission to Mexico, roughly 150 rail cars of Idaho wheat were put on order.

The Idaho Wheat Commission developed and launched a new website, www.idahowheat.org in 2003 in an effort to provide better information wheat growers and the general public.

The Idaho Wheat Commission purchased a 7,600 quare foot building at 821 W. State Street in Boise in July of 2003. This location currently provides offices for the Idaho Wheat Commission, Idaho Barley Commission, Idaho Bean Commission, Idaho Alfalfa Commission, and Idaho Grain Producer's Association. There is space still available for other interested agricultural groups.

Because of the Atkins Diet and other low-carb diets, the National Bread Leadership Council informs 40% of Americans are eating less bread and other grain-based food than a year ago. The USDA will be creating a new food nutrition pyramid and bread will occupy the base of it. The hype of low-carb diets will pass.

A question was asked if Libya is a purchaser of our wheat. Yes, though the countries around the Black Seas took the market, they were short this past year, and Idaho wheat was sold. Egypt also purchased wheat.

A question was asked why there is an Idaho Wheat Commission and an Idaho Barley Commission and an Idaho Grain Producers. The wheat and barley commissions are part of the State of Idaho. They can't lobby. The Idaho Grain Producers is a growers association and pay annual dues. They are private and can lobby.

A question was asked if they could see relief in the Union Pacific Railroad situation. The solution is at Federal level. Senate Bill 919 may get sent to the floor this year.

A question was asked regarding the of number of growers. There are 6,000 to 10,000 grain growers statewide. Many have small acreage. Eighty percent of them are 100 acres or less. The acreage is declining and may be because the growers are shifting to higher paying crops. There has been, however, in the last seven to ten years, a decline in the growers number.



MOTION: Representative Trail moved to approve the rules as accepted by the Administrative Subcommittee. The following are the Docket Numbers:

02-0403-0301, 02-0426-0301, 02-0104-0301, 02-0212-0301, 02-0213-0301, 02-0214-0301, 02-0215-0301. All Aye. Motion Carried.

MOTION: Representative Stevenson moved to approve the rules as accepted by the Crops Subcommittee. The following are the Docket Numbers:

02-0625-0301, 02-0626-0301, 02-0640-0301, 02-0604-0301, 02-0606-0301, 02-0616-0301, 02-0605-0301. All Aye. Motion Carried.

Representative Lake reported the Livestock Subcommittee will meet next week.
ADJOURN: Meeting was adjourned at 2:35 p.m.




DATE: February 2, 2004
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Chairman Jones, Vice Chairman Trail, Representatives Field(23), Lake, Stevenson, Bolz, Langford, Rydalch, Shirley, Jaquet, Andersen, Naccarato
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

Representative Field (23)
GUESTS: Please refer to presenters highlighted below and the attached committee sign-in sheet.

Chairman Jones call the meeting to order at 1:36 p.m.

MINUTES: Representative Stevenson moved to accept the minutes of January 28, 2004. Representative Jaquet asked for one correction. All Aye. Motion carried.

Representative Bolz moved to accept the minutes of January 26, 2004. All Aye. Motion carried.

Representative Lake moved to accept the minutes of January 22, 2004. All Aye. Motion carried.

Minutes with the joint Senate/House of January 20, 2004, were approved and accepted by the Senate.

PRESENTATION: Gretchen Hyde, Executive Director, Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission, presented the 2003 and the 2004 projected budgets. A grant for $13,600 was given from the University of Idaho. Expenses basically fell into four categories: 1. Education/teacher workshops, $31,323 (The educational component of the IRRC programs focus on K-12 education and materials. Three teacher workshops were sponsored by IRRC. Also, educator newsletters and materials were developed from this.) 2. Industry/Research, $5,776 (Only includes the cost of the annual newsletter.) 3. Public Relations/Mass media, $48,843 (This program was narrowed down during this year. One television spot was aired during the winter months statewide. Continuation of underwriting of Diane Josephy Peavey's essays on NPR are reflected. A ranching symposium was co-sponsored by IRRC and the Society for Range Management in December.) 4. Administration of all Programs, $88,799 (The administration of all programs is included under this category. Payroll, office supplies, telephone, depreciation, and travel expenses are also included in this category.)



She also reviewed the mission statement for the Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission. The Commission was established in 1997 and the mission statement may need to be updated.

Education programs are the largest accomplishments. A booklet was created for every 4th grader in the State of Idaho. The email address for the booklet is www.idahorange.org. Placemats and posters have also been constructed to educate children. The posters were sent to schools in the state.

A question was asked if there is concern about rangelands being developed into subdivisions and other land developments. Yes, there is a huge concern and the IRRC is aware of it.

A question was asked that since there is a high use of the booklets and education materials in the schools, who's not using them? Every principal in the state was contacted and flyers were sent to the teachers who were interested.

A question was asked regarding if there is a certain time of the year when advertising on television may be cheaper. The IRRC gets a good response with televison. It is earmarked as public relations and not public education.

A question was asked if there had been any type of survey conducted on who the IRRC is trying to reach. Yes, two surveys have been done. McCall and Sun Valley areas are the largest targets that are being reached.

A question was asked on the status of the Owyhee Project. The Commission is not involved.

PRESENTATION: Frank Muir, Executive Director, Idaho Potato Commission, presented the annual budget report for the Commission. The Commission came under the projected budget of $771,013. Mr. Muir explained happened because he came to the Commission 5 months ago and he encouraged continuing tight reigns on the budget. At the end of the budget year, they came under too much and maybe should have spent more on advertising.

Mr. Muir explained each item on the Statement of Revenues and Expenditures Budget and Actual year ended August 31, 2003. (See Attachment 1). The budget will be very similar to last year's budget. (See Attachment 2)

The budget reflects $150,000 judgement recently given to the Commission. There is a reserve of $507,000 in anticipation of a amaller crop next year.

Bad news for the Commission; because of the latest "low carb"' diets, people are cutting back on potatoes. Also the USDA will be releasing a new nutritional food pyramid that will show the potato high in sugar and near the top.

Pat Kole, Vice President Legal, Idaho Potato Commission, is looking into the Potato Commission bylaws regarding the Commission can not own property. They can only lease it. This is unlike the Wheat Commission who may acquire property.

Mr. Kole was requested to give the committee an update on the litigation activities the Commission has been involved in regarding counterfeit potatoes in the New York metropolitan area. He explained that the Commission was appealing an adverse decision of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to the United States Supreme Court regarding certification marks. He stated that the Commission had received support from over ten different organizations that also had registered certification marks including Underwriters Laboratories, the American Dental Association and the National Sanitary Foundation. He thought that it was possible that there might even be a Canadian group joining in this effort.

A question was asked regarding the status of the current court cases challenging the activities of commodity commissions and boards. Mr. Kole explained that the basis of these suits was a first amendment free speech claim asserting that the mandatory collection of an assessment was an impermissible form of compelled speech. He explained that these suits were now before at least four different courts in different circuits of the federal court system. In the past, the U.S. Supreme Court had upheld the validity of a commodity board on a 5-4 vote, and also held a commodity board invalid on a 5-4 vote. It was his opinion that if the makeup of the current court did not change, it was likely that the Supreme Court would decide one of these cases in the next eighteen months or so also on a 5-4 vote.

A question was asked regarding the USDA being unfavorable towards the potato. Because of their sugar content, potatoes will be near the top of the nutrition pyramid.

A question was asked if we are getting acceptance of the potato quality. Consumers need to be educated on different types of potatoes and which ones are best for different dishes.

A question was asked regarding potato education outside of the state. Is there anything being done at the schools? There is heavy television advertising to inform the public.

ADJOURN: Meeting was adjourned at 2:25 p.m.




DATE: February 2, 2004
TIME: 2:30 p.m.
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Chairman Lake, Representatives Langford, Jaquet
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

NONE
GUESTS: Please refer to the presenters highlighted below and the attached committee sign-in sheet
DOCKET NO.

02-0421-0301

Rules Governing the Importation of Animals

John Chatburn, Deputy Administrator - Animal Industries Division, Idaho Department of Agriculture, explained that this rule amends IDAPA 02.04.21.220 and 240 by clarifying that T.B. tests may be required for grazing permits, that the ownership of herds moved under grazing permits may not change while the permit is in force, and the identification and T.B. testing requirements for feeder cattle.

MOTION: Representative Jaquet made a motion to recommend to the full committee that 02-0421-0301 be approved.

Motion approved unanimously.

DOCKET NO.

02-0424-0301

Rules Governing Tuberculosis

John Chatburn, Deputy Administrator - Animal Industries Division, Idaho Department of Agriculture, explained that this rule is a new chapter that replaces and updates the rules found in 02.04.03 regarding tuberculosis to reflect current state laws, federal regulations, and cooperative disease control programs.

Discussion followed regarding Inspecting Records, Section 022.02. During the old rule, the official went on the premise without notification. The new rule would attempt to notify the owner or operator of the premises where the records are located prior to inspecting the records. An "operator" is defined as someone in control and in authority of the animals. A feed-man would not be recognized as an operator.

MOTION: Representative Langford made a motion to recommend to the full committee that 02-0424-0301 be approved with the exclusion of Section 022.02.

Motion carried by voice vote. Representative Jaquet wished to be recorded as voting "nay."

DOCKET NO.

02-0427-0301

Rules Governing Deleterious Exotic Animals

John Chatburn, Deputy Administrator - Animal Industries Division, Idaho Department of Agriculture, explained that this rule specifies which animals are classified as deleterious exotic animals and how they are regulated. It is unlawful to own these animals unless the facility is a zoo or an existing operation with a permit.

MOTION: Representative Jaquet made a motion to recommend to the full committee that 02-0427-0301 be approved.

Motion approved unanimously.

DOCKET NO.

02-0801-0301

Sheep and Goats Rules of the Idaho Board of Sheep Commissioners

Stan Boyd, Idaho Wool Growers Association, explained that this rule will provide the ability for the Idaho Sheep Commission to control scrapie, a fatal neurological disease of sheep and goats. The changes are being made to be consistent with new federal scrapie rules.

MOTION: Since this bill was a temporary bill last year, and there weren't any complaints, Representative Jaquet made a motion to recommend to the full committee that 02-0801-0301 be approved.
DOCKET NO.

02-0425-0301

Rules Governing the Private Feeding of Big Game Animals

John Chatburn, Deputy Administrator - Animal Industries Division, Idaho Department of Agriculture, explained that this rule designates portions of eastern Idaho where the private feeding of big game animals is prohibited to reduce disease transmission. Bingham County and Franklin County have been removed from the feeding prohibition locations.

A question was asked who makes the decision on the feeding prohibition locations. The USDA has that authority.

A question was asked if there is any supplement food that could be feed to big game, or something that would be unpalatable for big game but palatable for cattle. No.

Kendall Keller, Regional Manager for Southeast Idaho Farm Bureau, wants Idaho to keep our brucellosis free state status. Policy (89) of the Idaho Farm Bureau states that they support a pilot project that transfers the responsibility of emergency feeding of deer and elk from the Fish & Game to the Idaho Department of Agriculture in those counties that have been determined by statute from the Idaho Legislature, to be in contact with Brucellosis infected deer and elk herds. The monies collected by Fish & Game for the purpose of feeding game should be available to the Department of Agriculture for that purpose. Seventy five cents from deer and elk tags help fund this.

The Bureau is concerned about the inspections. These rules won't stop brucellosis. Currently there are two places where elk only are being feed. Ten to fifteen locations maybe better. Brucellosis is only on that side of the state. These rules cover more areas than that.

Lloyd Knight, Idaho Cattle Association, has concerns on mandatory fines, increased authority, and feedline contacts. He would like "another shot" at these rules over the summer. He too, doesn't want Idaho to loose the brucellosis free state status that Idaho currently has. Perhaps the Idaho Fish and Game could vaccinate large game instead of feeding them.

A question was asked how the big game would be vaccinated. Dr. Siroky answered either oral or trapping and shooting. This area is still vague.

A question was asked does brucellosis affect cattle the same as elk. Dr. Siroky replied yes, they abort.

MOTION: Representative Jaquet moved to hold Docket No. 02-0425-0301, Rules Governing the Private Feeding of Big Game Animals, in time certain until Wednesday, February 4, 2004.
ADJOURN: Meeting was adjourned at 3:43 p.m.




DATE: February 4, 2004
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Chairman Jones, Representatives Field(23), Lake, Stevenson, Bolz, Langford, Rydalch, Shirley, Jaquet, Andersen,
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

Vice Chairman Trail, Representative Naccarato
GUESTS: Please refer to the presenters highlighted below and the attached committee sign-in sheet.

Chairman Jones called the meeting to order at 1:38 p.m.

PRESENTATION:

Bob Corbell, representing the Idaho Grape Growers and Wine Producers Commission, presented their financial statement for the year ending June 30, 2003.

Mr. Corbell first gave a brief background on the grape growing process and history of the grape in Idaho. There are currently 20 wineries in Idaho. Three more are in the process of opening. A large 100 acre winery is getting started in Clearwater County. There are 40 growers of which 6 to 10 of them grow table grapes. Hopefully by the year 2010, there will be over 4,000 acres of grapes. It costs $13,000 to plant one acre of grapes.

Vineyard research for table grapes is being conducted annually with the University of Idaho. Three scientists are located in Parma. With their help, growers have cut back their irrigation by 50%. The soil and weather are excellent around this area for growing outstanding grapes.

There are 30 varieties of grapes that are grown in Idaho. Usually there is a "freeze out" every seven to ten years. A freeze out does not kill the roots but it will take 3 years to re-establish the vine.

It is estimated that the Idaho grape industry contributes back to the communities 40 million dollars. Of that, 23 million is in Canyon County. The grape industry is one of the areas in agriculture that is in the black.

The Commission's board of directors consists of three grape grower members and two wine producer members. No member of the board is compensated for their services. The Commission receives 5% of all state wine taxes collected by the Idaho Tax Commission in addition to voluntary grape growers and wine producers membership dues.

A question was asked that when the Idaho grapes were small in size, how did they get bigger. Mainly through research that was conducted in Parma. They are now 25% bigger.

A question was asked if there is an abundance of grapes in the Nampa area. Yes, and they are white grapes. The Sawtooth Winery out along Highway 45, has 265 acres. It is irrigated by a $300,000 filtration system and interesting to see. There are five acres near Kimberly that is contracted to the Catholic Church for communion wine.

RS 13789 Bob Corbell, explained that RS13789 would establish the Idaho Aquacuture Commission. Aquaculture is a growing agricultural industry and a large contributor of the economy of Idaho. Some of the products that would fall under this commission are alligator, sturgeon, caviar, and tropical fish, as well as trout. As a commission, the industry can be promoted, compete for available USDA research funds and grants and educate Idahoans on the excellence of the Idaho Aquaculture Industry. The Aquaculture Commission will function in the same manner as other state agriculture commissions. The commission will represent producers, processors, and related industries. There would be no general fund impact.
MOTION: Representative Rydalch moved to introduce RS 13789 to print. All Aye. Motion carried.
RS 13829 Russ Dapsauski, Program Manager - Warehouse Control, ISDA, explained RS13829 would allow members of the Commodity Indemnity Fund Advisory Committee to no longer be considered salaried as defined in section 59-1302(i) by compensating them with an honorarium. This would allow them to participate in private IRAs'.
MOTION: Representative Jacquet moved to introduce RS13829 and move to the second reading calendar. All Aye. Motion carried.
RS 13830 Russ Dapsauski, Program Manager - Warehouse Control, ISDA, explained RS13830 would allow members of the Seed Indemnity Fund Advisory Committee to no longer be considered salaried as defined in section 59-1302(i) by compensating them with an honorarium. This would allow them to participate in private IRAs'.
MOTION: Representative Jacquet moved to introduce RS13830 and move to the second reading calendar. All Aye. Motion carried.

Representative Field (23) will sponsor on the floor both RS13830 and RS13829.

H546 Laura Johnson, Marketing Bureau Chief, International Trade and Domestic Market Development, ISDA, explained bill H546. This bill will simplify reporting requirements for cooperative marketing associations by eliminating the separate reporting requirement to the state department of agriculture. It will also eliminate the requirement to file annual reports to both the Department of Agriculture and the Secretary of State.

Blair Wilson, Northwest Farm Credit Union, Idaho Co-op Council, supports Ms. Johnson's bill. There is a duplicate effort for cooperative marketing associations annual reports.

MOTION: Representative Langford moved to send H546 to the floor with a do pass recommendation. All Aye. Motion carried.

Representative Bolz will be the floor sponsor.

H547 Mike Cooper, Bureau Chief, Bureau of Feeds and Plant Services, ISDA, explained bill H547. This bill is basically a house keeping bill repealing the Prune Commission. The commission has not met in 20 years. Prunes that were grown here in Idaho were Italian prunes and were used as canning prunes. They are no longer grown.
MOTION: Representative Lake moved to send H547 to the floor with a do pass recommendation. All Aye. Motion carried.

Representative Anderson will be the floor sponsor.

H548 Mike Cooper, Bureau Chief, Bureau of Feeds and Plant Services, ISDA, explained bill H548. This bill would speed up the paper process relating to issuance of penalties. This would result in the establishment of an annual survey of the fertilizer industry to determine a set dollar amount on each of the various nutrients used by the industry. This would greatly expedite the process with more timely notification to the industry and assessment of penalties by not having to revisit the site a second time. The values would be published annually and used in determining and assessing penalties. The food producers also support this bill.

A question was asked regarding what does it take for a fertilizer company to have the wrong fertilizer. The company could mix it incorrectly.

A question was asked if these accidental mixings are done on purpose or actually accidental. Hopefully, it is by accident.

MOTION: Representative Bolz moved to send H548 to the floor with a do pass recommendation. All Aye. Motion carried.

Representative Bolz will be the floor sponsor.

SCR 119 Laura Johnson, Marketing Bureau Chief, International Trade and Domestic Market Development, ISDA, explained that certain rules of the ISDA that impose fee for weights and measures, need to go into effect expeditiously, in order to allow the Department's licensing of weighing or measuring instruments to be funded. The Senate has already heard this bill.
MOTION: Representative Field moved to send SCR119 to the floor with a do pass recommendation. All Aye. Motion carried.

Representative Trail will be the floor sponsor.

ADJOURN: Meeting was adjourned at 2:25 p.m.




DATE: February 4, 2004
TIME: 2:35 p.m.
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Sub-committee Chairman Lake, Representatives Langford, Jaquet
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

None
GUESTS: Please refer to the presenters highlighted below and the attached committee sign-in sheet.
Sub-committee Chairman Lake, called the meeting to order at 2:35 p.m.

This sub-committee meeting is a continuance to February 2, 2004, meeting reviewing rules regarding livestock. Discussion on Docket No. 02-0425-0301, Rules Governing the Private Feeding of Big Game Animals, was the reason for the follow-up meeting.

DOCKET NO.

02-0425-0301

Dr. Siroky gave a brief history of brucellosis. Brucellosis is a disease that elk carry. The elk get it from the buffalo in the Yellowstone area. The elk move closely with the bison. Then the elk feed with the cattle. This disease makes the animal abort their pregnancy.

Right now, Idaho is a brucellosis free state. If a rancher sees elk in his herd, he needs to contact the ISDA with information such as how many elk were present and what time of year. The rancher needs to test his herd early after they have been exposed to elk and get vaccinated. This is done on the honor basis. Legally the ISDA can do random testing of cattle for brucellosis. There is a penalty if the rancher doesn't report elk mingling with his cattle.

If no one tells the ISDA about the elk eating with the cattle herds, there is a chance of Idaho losing their free state status.

A local veterinian would be hired to educate the people of each region. Without the rule, the people can not be told not to feed the elk. But inspection of the cattle can still be done.

A question was asked what the penalty is for not reporting the sighting. It is a misdemeanor with a fine no greater than $5,000. Right now, the ISDA is practicing "progressive enforcement." This means first they will talk to the rancher about how to report the sightings with his herd. The next time, the rancher will be warned and after that, he will be fined.

A question was asked why should this rule be approved if the practice is currently being followed without anything in writing. There needs to be a clearer explanation of what exactly needs to be done.

A question was asked about the cost of testing cattle for brucellosis. This depends on the local veterinian. The cost would vary because of number of head and location, perhaps, $7.50 or so.

Dr. Phil Mamer, Department of Fish and Game, informed that the department is testing elk for brucellosis in the Swan Valley Rainey Creek Canyon location. The elk are tested by the efforts of the hunters. This is done by hunters taking a blood sample of their killed elk, and sending it to the ISDA. Wyoming and Montana hunters currently do this too. The department is also feeding elk in Swan Valley.

A question was asked of the Department's $300,000. Does any of it go to habitat improvements? The USDA has restrictions on what the money is to be spent on.

A question was asked if the Fish and Game have authority over ranchers feeding wild life? No.

A question was asked if shooting elk eating with cattle is acceptable. No. They would have an issue with the Fish and Game.

Representative Jaquet feels there should be more conversation around this rule.

Representative Langford feels the cost of brucellosis testing is a hardship to the cattle owners.

MOTION: Representative Jaquet made a motion to recommend to the full committee that rule, 02-0425-0301, in its entirety be rejected.

All Aye. Motion carried.

ADJOURN: The sub-committee meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.




DATE: February 10, 2004
TIME: 1:30 p.m. or upon adjournment of session
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Chairman Jones, Vice Chairman Trail, Representatives Field(23), Lake, Stevenson, Bolz, Langford, Rydalch, Shirley, Jaquet, Andersen, Naccarato
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

Vice Chairman Trail
GUESTS: Please refer to the presenters highlighted below and the attached committee sign-in sheet.

Chairman Jones called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m.

MINUTES: Representative Bolz moved to accept the minutes of February 2, 2004 and February 4, 2004 for the full committee. All Aye. Motion carried.

Representative Jaquet moved to accept the Livestock Subcommittee minutes of February 2, 2004 and February 4, 2004. All Aye. Motion carried.

PRESENTATION: Dr. Ron E. Sheffield, Professor, University of Idaho, Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering, Twin Falls Research & Extension Center, gave a presentation on odor and waste management.

There were four parts to his program: odor, emissions from livestock facilities, anaerobic digestion, and phosphorus removal.

Dr. Sheffield's team used specialized equipment to measure the intensity, duration and offensiveness of cattle operations. Thirty two dairies and 10 feedlots were involved. The location of these covered 15 miles west of the Wyoming border to 6 miles east of the Oregon border. Hopefully, 10 more feedlots will be included this spring. The summertime assessment is conducted during the night, while the springtime assessment is conducted during the day.

The time line for 2004 is as follows: March and April continue sampling dairies and feedlots, May analyze that data and prepare the preliminary report, May 28, 2004, review report with the Odor Technical Committee, and the week of June 14, 2004, present the recommendation to the Odor Rule Committee. They are currently on track for these time lines.

Dr. Sheffield explained two types of equipment used for monitoring emissions. The University was the first in the nation to use the Wind Tunnel. The Wind Tunnel has gases pass through the unit. The gases are then measured. The other piece of measuring equipment is the Open Path Laser. It shoots a beam 500 meters, and the gases that pass through the beam are measured. Scientists can then determine exactly what gases are being generated at individual dairies.

In regards to anaerobic digestion, Dr. Sheffield hopes to have a mobile anaerobic digester ready for operation by next month. The purpose of the digester is to take it to various dairies and help dairymen determine how to build one that would best suit their systems.

Dr. Sheffield explained the phosphorus removal system from wastewater. He has two systems, one of which will remove 70% to 85% of the phosphate and the other up to 60%. Within 12 months, he is planning to have a full-scale phosphorus-removal system for 5,000 cows in place on a Jerome County dairy.

A question was asked how the new feedlots for the program are selected. Right now, the University getting volunteers. If there aren't enough, they will go to the ISDA for assistance.

A question was asked what kind of feedback does he receive from those who have complained on dairy odor. Are you making headway? Dr. Sheffield didn't have an answer as he is more of a professor and researcher. The ISDA would have that information.

A question was asked regarding federal grants. Federal grants are very competitive. The federal government spends on itself first. Currently the University is trying to obtain a $350,000 grant but it will take two years to get approved.

A question was asked regarding phosphorus removal, if it could be removed for a municipality. No, it would be too diluted, where dairy or swine waste would be more concentrated.

PRESENTATION: Candi Fitch, Promotion Coordinator for the Apple Commission and Assistant Director of the Cherry Commission, presented the budgets for both commissions.

Ms. Fitch stated that it was a smaller crop for apples this year, about 70% normal. This percentage was due to frost in the spring and some areas with lighter bloom. Due to the smaller crop, the apple sizes were a little larger. Quality was good for this season. Prices have been fair for this season this year and were better than the past 3 or 4 years.

The budget does not change a lot from year to year. Usually March and April are the months when the major part of the assessments are received. She estimates about $75,000 for the crop assessments for the 2004-2005 budget.

The commission was active on a local level this season. They had a booth at the Idaho Ag Pavilion during the Western Idaho Fair and a table at the Women's Fitness Celebration and donated fruit. The commission also attended the Produce Marketing Association Convention again this year.

Research projects conducted at the U of I research station in Parma is still critical work and is recognized. The 2003/2004 budget had to reduce its contribution to $15,000.

The 2003-2004 cherry season showed the largest northwest crop in history. There was excess in the middle of the marketing season for the Idaho crop. It started strong and ended strong, though it was a short season. If this large crop continues or grow, it could cause problems for marketing the Idaho crop. This year assessments were collected on about 2,100 tons.

The budget for the Cherry Commission does not change a great deal from year to year. An audit is done every other year. The same as the Apple Commission.

The Cherry Commission is still pleased with its membership in the Northwest Cherry Growers, as it puts Idaho on more of a level playing field to promote and sell cherries. With this membership, Idaho is not competing with the larger production from the neighboring states, but is included right along with them.

A question was asked if Emmett still has the Cherry Blossom Festival. Yes, it does even though Emmett has no cherry producers in the Commission.

A question was asked if there has ever been a "Fruit Growers Association" considered. No.

A question was asked if cherries can be picked mechanically. No, they are too delicate.

A question was asked how many growers are there and where are the majority of them located. There are about 56 cherry growers and 120 apple growers. Canyon County has the most cherries. Apple growers are located in Payette, and Canyon Counties. Taiwan is very supportive of Idaho cherries.

PRESENTATION: Stan Boyd, Lobbyist, Idaho Sheep and Wool Commission, presented the annual budget report for the Idaho Wool Growers Association.

The Commission as we know it was created in 1999. The current assessment on wool produced by Idaho Wool Growers is 8 cents per pound. The assessment is collected at the time of sale by the wool producer and is remitted to the ISC office on a quarterly basis. The breakdown on the assessment is as follows: Idaho regulatory animal program for sheep: 3 cents per pound of wool, Idaho Animal Damage Control Program: 3 cents per pound, and Sheep Research, Education and Promotion programs: 2 cents per pound of wool.

The revenues brought in by the Idaho Sheep Commission are very dependent on the current market of wool. When prices are soft, and producers elect not to sell their wool, the Commission, as well as the programs they collect for, suffer the consequences. In light of this, income to the commission for the promotion program for the current fiscal year is estimated to be about $40,000.

A question was asked where Idaho ranks on sheep production and wool. On January 1, 2003, Idaho ranked 7th in the nation for total number of breeding stock, which amounted to 225,000 head. Idaho ranked 8th in the nation for the production of wool, which amounted to 2,115,000 pounds. There are 50 operators left in Idaho who manage their sheep on rangeland. Range sheep are bigger and healthier than feedlot stock.

RS13908 Stan Boyd, Lobbyist, Idaho Elk Breeders Association, explained that this would register cervidae farms with the Division of Animal Industries, Idaho Dept. of Agriculture. By doing this, it would assure that the industry is safe, inspected and vaccinated. This also provides that harvesting by a cervidae producer, or his agent, shall be deemed an agricultural pursuit. This requires that all domestic cervidae located in Idaho shall be identified with two type of permanent identification. At least one of these identifications shall be visible from a minimum of 150 feet. There are steps that clarify what domestic cervidae must do to prevent the escape of their livestock as well as having a site specific written herd plan.

A question was asked how many Elk ranchers are there. There are about 60 of them, about 45 of them belong to the Idaho Elk Breeders

A question was asked does the Board of Directors endorse this RS. Yes, they helped create it.

A question was asked what two types of identification are required. The first is a radio transmitter in the ear tag and the other is a permanent mark that can be seen 150 feet. There are 5 different types of permanent marks that are visible from that distance.

A question was asked what will the penalty be if the ranchers don't register. It is a misdemeanor and a fine up to $5,000.

A question was asked what do these businesses do with the elk? There's a large demand for the velvet, breeding stock, meat for eating, and hunting.

A question was asked if the Association worked with the Fish and Game when creating this RS. Yes, they worked together last fall putting this together.

A question was asked what is the purpose for the two forms of identification on the animal. For backup.

A question was asked if the 2 forms of ID can be different tags. Yes.

MOTION: Representative Lake made a motion that RS13908 be introduced to print. All Aye. Motion carried.
H549 Roger Batt, Lobbyist, Idaho Eastern-Oregon Seed Association, explained that this amends the Pure Seed Law to provide an exemption from licensing requirements for certain seed dealers who sell, offer for sale, expose for sale or deliver seed only in packages of less than 8 ounces. This allows for technical corrections to be made to the existing law.
MOTION: Representative Jaquet made a motion that H549 be sent to the floor with do pass. All Aye. Motion carried. Representative Shirley will be the floor sponsor.
ADJOURN: Meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.




DATE: February 12, 2004
TIME: 1:30 p.m. or upon adjournment
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Chairman Jones, Vice Chairman Trail, Representatives Field(23), Lake, Stevenson, Bolz, Langford, Rydalch, Shirley, Jaquet, Andersen, Naccarato
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

None
GUESTS: Please refer to the presenters highlighted below and the attached committee sign-in sheet.

Chairman Jones called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m.

MINUTES: Representative Bolz moved to accept the minutes of February 10, 2004, as printed. All Aye. Motion carried.
RS14040 Mike Cooper, Acting Administrator, Bureau of Feeds and Plant Services, ISDA, explained that this prohibits regulation at the local level of soil and plant amendments leaving only to the state soils and plant amendment law. This is recommended by the uniform bills committee of the Association of American Feed Control Officials for state fertilizers and soil and plant amendment laws.

Representative Langford made a motion to introduce RS14040 to print. All Aye. Motion carried.

RS14041 Mike Cooper, Acting Administrator, Bureau of Feeds and Plant Services, ISDA, explained that this prohibits regulation at the local level of fertilizer amendments relying only on the state fertilizer law. This is recommended by the uniform bills committee of the Association of American Feed Control Officials for state fertilizers and soil and plant amendments laws.

Representative Field made a motion to introduce RS14041 to print. All Aye. Motion carried.

Representative Stevenson, recognized the C Bar M Dairy of Jerome as receiving the Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award.
RS14020 Representative Stevenson, explained that this is a change to the Idaho Plant Pest Act of 2002, amending Section 22-2017, Idaho Code, to allow for the director to approve the establishment of a crop management area in those areas where there are less than 25 registered electors, or no registered electors, residing within the confines of the proposed crop management area. The current law states that a petition signed by not less than 25 registered electors residing within the confines of the proposed crop management area must be presented to the director prior to the approval of a crop management area.

Representative Field made a motion to introduce RS14020 to print. All Aye. Motion carried.

RS13974C1 Patrick Kole, Vice President For Legal, Idaho Potato Commission, explained that this legislation updates the chapter of the Idaho Code that governs the Idaho Potato Commission. Sections One and Two repeal and replace the current Statement of Legislative Intent. This is an update consistent with modern legislative drafting. Section Three also adds three additional provisions governing the powers and duties of the commission. These provisions are identical to sections found in several other Idaho commodity commissions. These changes clarify the Commissions ability to work cooperatively with other Commission, to bring actions to protect the marks owned or administered by the Commission and to collect assessments, and to lease or own real or personal property, much like the Wheat Commission. The remainder of the section eliminates references to marketing and advertising and substitutes the concept of "promotion" in their place. These same changes are made in Section Four of the legislation. Section Five eliminates a reference to a fund that is no longer in use by the Commission. This is basically a housekeeping bill.

Representative Stevenson made a motion to introduce RS13974C1 to print. All Aye. Motion carried.

RS13964C1 Representative Bolz informed that this House Joint Memorial is to convey to the United States Senate and the House of Representatives and the Congressional delegation representing the State of Idaho that the Idaho Legislature desires that all potential trade agreements recognize and consider economic impact. Emphasis for trade agreements should be on "fair trade" rather than "free Trade."

Representative Rydalch made a motion to introduce RS13964C1 to print. All Aye. Motion carried.

RS13878 Representative Bolz explained that the purpose of this is to exempt those agricultural operations including, but not limited to mint stills, that extract or harvest agricultural products from being classified as a food processing facility.

Representative Trail made a motion to introduce RS13878 to print. All Aye. Motion carried.

RS14033 Dar Olberding, Lobbyist, Idaho Grain Producers Association, explained that the current law dealing with commodity dealer lien law, has been struck down by three different court cases in the past four months. It was presumed that a commodity lien on feed carried through to the animal it was fed to. The court said that it only applies to the commodity, i.e. the hay, until it is fed. This language clarifies that the lien would follow the proceeds of the sale of the livestock, milk, or derivative products.



Representative Field made a motion to introduce RS14033 to print. All Aye. Motion carried.

RS14059 Lloyd Knight, Lobbyist, Idaho Cattle Association, explained the purpose of this legislation is to make technical corrections to the Beef Cattle Environmental Control Act that helps to clarify the declaration of policy and further defines several of the definitions. The proposed legislation also brings the state plan into compliance with Federal standards by stating the proper Code of Federal regulations. The proposed legislation also provides that any nutrient management plan so developed shall be maintained on site. The proposed legislation also clarifies the inspection procedures. This is basically a housekeeping bill to mimic the EPA changes.

Representative Shirley made a motion to introduce RS14059 to print. All Aye. Motion carried.

ADJOURN: Meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m.




DATE: February 16, 2004
TIME: 1:30 p.m. or upon adjournment
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Chairman Jones, Vice Chairman Trail, Representatives Field(23), Lake, Stevenson, Bolz, Langford, Rydalch, Shirley, Jaquet, Andersen, Naccarato
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

Representatives Field (23), Jaquet
GUESTS: Please refer to the presenters highlighted below and the attached committee sign-in sheet.

Chairman Jones called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

PRESENTATION: Kelly Olsen, Administrator, Idaho Barley Commission, presented their fiscal 2003 year budget summary and the projected fiscal 2004 year budget. The 2004 budget is 2.6% below the approved 2003 budget and 1.6% below actual 2003 expenditures. Income was projected to be up 3.2% from 2003, but with lower than expected production in 2003, income could be down about 10%.

Barley crops were up 1.4% with 720,000 acres. Production was down 12% at 47.52 million bushels. This was the lowest level in 15 years. Idaho's barley crops break down to be 72.4% malting varieties and 27.6% feed varieties.

Two new malt processing plants, requiring 13 million bushels of additional barley by the end of 2004, are nearing completion in Idaho Falls. Anheuser Busch, our largest barley buyer and the world's largest brewing company, is doubling their malting capacity to 16 million bushels malt (14.2 million bushels barley). The second plant is being built by Grupo Modelo, the largest brewing company in Mexico. It will have a capacity of 6.5 million bushels capacity (6 million bushels barley). A third malting facility is now under construction in Great Falls, Montana, requiring about 11 million bushels of barley. This will help our growers up north.

The Idaho Barley Commission funded a study to determine the commercial feasibility of a barley fractionation plant that would separate barley into high value components, such as protein for fish feed ingredient, beta-glucans for food products and starch for ethanol. A private group of farmers in the Treasure Valley is working to build such a plant in eastern Oregon as it was denied in Payette County. It will be the first of its kind in North America.

Japan remains the largest export market for the United States and Idaho feed barley. Since Japan implemented their liberalized import system known as Simultaneous Buy Sell, the United States has captured an increasing share of this market. This year, the United States captured 26% share of these SBS imports, up from 22% last year.

For the third consecutive year, the Idaho Barley Commission received grant funding through the Western Center for Risk Management Education at Washington State University to fund grower risk management and marketing education workshops. The Commission has conducted six workshops in locations throughout the state this winter.

Because of funding shortfalls at the University of Idaho College of Agriculture, the Barley Enhancement Program has been discontinued. This means there are no full time researchers dedicated to barley improvement in the state of Idaho, despite being a 165 million dollar a year industry. The Commission has partnered with the federal barley breeding program located at ARS National Small Grains Germplasm Research Facility in Aberdeen to expand the location of their barley breeder nurseries to three locations in northern Idaho, one in south-central Idaho and three additional locations in eastern Idaho.

A question was asked about IOGEN. IOGEN is a Canadian company partnered with the Shell Oil Company. They have an interest in building an ethonal plant in Idaho Falls using straw from the eastern Idaho area. They have been researching southern and eastern Idaho with the idea for the past 18 months.

A question was asked where the Idaho Barley Commission is now located. They have moved into the same building that the Idaho Wheat Commission, Idaho Bean Commission, and the Idaho Alfalfa & Clover Seed Commission are located. The address is 821 West State Street.

ADJOURN: Meeting was adjourned at 4:35 p.m.




DATE: February 18, 2004
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Chairman Jones, Vice Chairman Trail, Representatives Field(23), Lake, Stevenson, Bolz, Langford, Rydalch, Shirley, Jaquet, Andersen, Naccarato
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

Representatives Trail, Jaquet
GUESTS: Please refer to the presenters highlighted below and the attached committee sign-in sheet.

Chairman Jones called the meeting to order at 1:36 p.m.

Chairman Jones requested John Chatburn, Deputy Administrator, Animal Industries Division, ISDA, for an update on the Brucellosis situation. Mr. Chatburn informed that because of the two separate instances in Wyoming, and by the authority of Title 25, Chapter 2, Idaho Code and IDAPA 02.04.21.111, an Order was issued February 17, 2004. This Order immediately constitutes additional import restrictions on cattle originating in, imported from, or commingled with cattle within or from the state of Wyoming.

PRESENTATION: Jerry Nicolescu, Administrator, Idaho Soil Conservation Commission, reviewed the Commission's purpose, priorities and key programs. The Idaho Soil Conversation Commission has no regulatory authority. All work is accomplished in a voluntary manner.

The key programs the commission is involved right now are:

  • Soil Conservation Districts
  • TMDL Watershed Planning & Implementation
  • Water Quality Program for Agriculture (WQPA)
  • Resource conservation and Rangeland Development Program (RCRDP) (Loans & Grants)
  • State Revolving Fund (Loans) (SRF)
  • OnePlan
  • Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Project (USWB)
  • Clearwater Focus Watershed Project (CFWP)


Through the local conservation district about $1.1 million a year of SCC funding goes towards BMP installation. That's about one third of the total cost. The balance is made up by the landowner and the Federal Government. Over 50 watershed projects across Idaho are treating nearly 400 thousand acres of private land. Nearly $500 thousand a year of SCC funds are used for contracted technical assistance. The Technical Service Provider (TSP) is reimbursable from Natural Resources Conservation Services. Summer help is through Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA).

There are six active WQPA projects using funds from the 319 Nonpoint Source Grant Program to supplement state funds. Of the 1.6 million expended to date for installation of on the ground agricultural Best Management Practices, WQPA has provided $402,000, the 319 Program $655,000, and landowners $586,000. WQPA funds within these projects represent only 25% of project expenditures, leveraging three times the state's investment by bringing in federal and private funds.

OnePlan site will provide data and downloadable software enabling the grower to develop a single conservation farm plan, pre-endorsed by various state agencies. It facilitates the integration of federal, state, and local regulations dealing with agriculture and conservation specifically in the areas of Conservation Planning, Nutrient Management Plans, Petroleum Storage Tanks and Animal Waste Management. The Conservation Planning component will be used nationally to build baseline conservation information for participation in the USDA 2002 Farm Bill "Conservation Security Program." The Nutrient Management Plan will be used nationally by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The Carbon Sequestration Advisory Committee solicited funding from the Department of Energy for Northwest Regional Partnership. The funding was not granted. They have requested to join and support with the Northern Rockies and Great Plains Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership. This consists of 13 organizations within Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming. The committee also has requested to partner and support the Big Sky Climate Trust.

There are no state or federal mandates concerning point sources to drive the market. Carbon Sequestration is totally voluntary at this point.

A question was asked if the animal waste management plan just deals with the issue on site and then the nutrient waste management plan deals with the issue when the waste is applied to the land. The nutrient management plan deals with the waste when applied to the land.

A question was asked if they had have any contact from the Canadians regarding carbon sequestration. Yes.

A question was asked how may TMDL's are completed. Twenty six are completed and 23 are in the process. They will try to have those completed in 18 months.

A question was asked how they are bridging the gap between the NRCS and the Soil Conservation. The TSP and the CTA programs are helping reduce the time gap.

H 683 Patrick Kole, Vice President For Legal, Idaho Potato Commission, explained that this legislation updates the chapter of the Idaho Code that governs the Idaho Potato Commission. Sections One and Two repeal and replace the current Statement of Legislative Intent. This is an update consistent with modern legislative drafting. Section Three also adds three additional provisions governing the powers and duties of the commission. These provisions are identical to sections found in several other Idaho commodity commissions. These changes clarify the Commissions ability to work cooperatively with other Commission, to bring actions to protect the marks owned or administered by the Commission and to collect assessments, and to lease or own real or personal property, much like the Wheat Commission. The remainder of the section eliminates references to marketing and advertising and substitutes the concept of "promotion" in their place. These same changes are made in Section Four of the legislation. Section Five eliminates a reference to a fund that is no longer in use by the Commission. This is basically a housekeeping bill.

A question was asked regarding Section 3, paragraph 8. Give an example of the collection of fees and taxes. Who does it affect? There is a potato tax of six cents on the first handler and four cents tax on the next person who handles them. Some growers won't pay this.

Dick Rush, Advisor, Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, supports H683.

MOTION: Representative Field (23) made a motion that H683 be sent to the floor with do pass. All Aye. Motion carried.

Representative Field (23) will be the floor sponsor.

H 681 Scott McKinnie, Executive Director, Far West Agri Business, explained that this bill prohibits regulation at the local level of fertilizer amendments relying only on the state fertilizer law. This is recommended by the uniform bills committee of the Association of American Feed Control Officials for state fertilizers and soil and plant amendments laws.
H 680 Scott McKinnie, Executive Director, Far West Agri Business, explained that this bill and H681 are very similar. This bill deals with soil and plant amendments instead of fertilizer. Other states, mainly in the midwest, already have these bills for uniformity and consistency.

Bob Naerebout, Lobbyist, Idaho Dairymen's Association supports bill H681. It is a good blueprint to follow. It has good language in it.

Justin Hayes, Program Director, Idaho Conservation League, expressed concerns, via letter, to the regulation and the use of CAFO wastewater, manure, and other waster products as a fertilizer.

A question was asked if this would this include dairy by-products. No.

Representative Lake made a motion that H680 and H681 (because they are so similar) be sent to the floor with do pass. All Aye. Motion carried. Representative Lake will be the floor sponsor for both bills.

H 677 Representative Bolz explained that the purpose of this bill is to exempt those agricultural operations including, but not limited to mint stills, that extract or harvest agricultural products from being classified as a food processing facility. This will exempt them from obtaining a food processing license.

A question was asked if this has happened. Yes. The Central Health District cited a mint farmer in Canyon County.

Representative Field (23) made a motion that H677 be sent to the floor with do pass. All Aye. Motion carried.

Representative Bolz will be the floor sponsor.

ADJOURN: Meeting was adjourned at 2:25 p.m.




DATE: February 24, 2004
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Chairman Jones, Vice Chairman Trail, Representatives Field(23), Lake, Stevenson, Bolz, Langford, Rydalch, Shirley, Jaquet, Andersen, Naccarato
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

Vice Chairman Trail, Representative Andersen, Representative Naccarato
GUESTS: Please refer to the presenters highlighted below and the attached committee sign-in sheet

Chairman Jones called the meeting to order at 2:55 p.m.

It was announced that the Idaho State Department of Agriculture has decided to withdraw Bills 680 and 681 from this session.

MINUTES: Representative Bolz moved to accept the minutes of February 16, 2004 as printed. All Aye. Motion carried.

Representative Lake moved to accept the minutes of February 18, 2004 with one correction. All Aye. Motion carried.

PRESENTATION: Diana Caldwell, Administrator, Idaho Bean Commission, presented their fiscal 2003 year budget summary and the projected fiscal 2004 year budget. Their total current assets as of June 30, 2003, was $153,131.19. The total revenues for their fiscal year was $217,589.91. After total expenses of $180,160.99 were deducted, the commission has a net revenue of $37,428.92

Ms. Caldwell gave to the committee a brief background of the bean crops in Idaho. The production (seed and edible) was 1.50 M cwt, a decrease from 1.91 M cwt in 2002. The harvest acreage was down 20,000 acres. Beans rank the 6th most valuable crop in Idaho. Idaho produces 7% nationally. For the year 2002, pinto beans were 53% of the total crop grown. Pink beans were next at 20%.

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture certifies Idaho export seed free of disease. The Governor's Trade Mission to Mexico in January included beans. This summer there will be a reverse trade mission from Mexico. The Bean Commission was also involved in the trade mission recently conducted with Cuba. Cuba is interested in pinto and black beans.

A question was asked that the acreage in North Dakota (39% of nation bean production) is down this year. Where will Idaho's be? Idaho will be up considerably this year.

A question was asked what is the number of growers here in Idaho. That information was unavailable.

Michael Becerra, Manager/Chemist, Idaho Food Quality Assurance Laboratory, presented their annual report. The lab is on budget for fiscal year 2004 for both income and expenses. The capital outlay improved the lab operations but hurt the financial balance. The sales of obsolete equipment brought in over $22,000. Now they have all new equipment in the lab. This makes it possible for sample analysis time to be reduced from months to days.

The College of Southern Idaho supports the intern program with $15,000. A record seven interns graduated in 2003. The total is now 29.

The accumulated reserve from legislative Services for 2003 was $122,889. The projected balances are: $87,880 for 2004, $60,532 for 2005, $25,713 for 2006 and no reserve will occur for 2007.

A question was asked what happened to the Wheat Commission testing. It is hard to test wheat that has been combined with other wheat crops.

A question was asked what is going to be done to reverse the 2007 budget. Hopefully they will get more commissions using their services and more growers would help too.

A question was asked if they have looked into federal grants. They haven't seen any that would fit their need.

BILL 613 Bob Corbell, Lobbyist, Idaho Aguaculture Association, explained the need for the association to become a commission. They have worked together since last spring to create this association for Idaho's aquaculture industries. Being an association, they don't get USDA grants and research funds. The only way to get grant money is through a commission. Expansion and research would also be available. The Idaho trout industry and Idaho export of ornamental fish would benefit from this. The Commission would be set up similar to the Idaho Cherry Commission and the Idaho Potato Commission. The proposed commission would start with $16,000 to operate. The set fees would be ten cents per one hundred weight with a refund clause.

A question was asked if the ten cents per one hundred weight is live weight of the fish. Yes.

Linda Lemon, Producer, Executive Secretary for Idaho Aquaculture Association, explained that creating the commission is not a new idea. The association came to be in 1990. The Idaho State Department of Agriculture approached them with the help to create a commission. To promote and enhance Idaho aquaculture is its first priority. Seventy per cent of the trout consumed in the United States comes from the Hagerman Valley.

Members of the association can only do so much. A commission would get more attention. As a commission, the industry would elevate the status of agriculture in Idaho. It would promote general aquaculture and would not be selling or advertising fish only. Clear Springs is only one of the aquaculture producers in the state. There are 28 other producers and other products. Clear Springs does not have an objection to the association. No one has to be a member of the commission if they don't want to be.

A question was asked if Clear Springs is a member of the association. No, not since 1997.

Gregory Kaslo, Producer, Processor, Idaho Trout Company, is not a member of the Idaho Aquaculture Association but strongly supports the Aquaculture Commission.

A question was asked if his trout originate from Caribou County. No, Twin Falls.

Leo Ray, Fish Farmer and Processor, Fish Breeders of Idaho, supports this bill. The aquaculture industry consists of more than just fish. It would include tropical plants, alligators, ornamental fish and sturgeon. The gross revenue is $75 to $100 million a year. The aquaculture industry is not only in the Twin Falls area, but there are also producers in northern Idaho. Right now 1,000 people are employed in Magic Valley in the aquaculture industry. The last two years, the production has been down 20%. Last year 400,000 trout were given to Idaho Fish and Game because they were unable to be sold. If a commission were to exist, these problems would be overcome.

A question was asked if Mr. Ray was a member of IAA. Yes.

A question was asked what would the commission do more for you than IAA is doing. We could get federal grants and research. Money would be spread better through the commission than the association.

Gary Marquardt, Production Manager, Seapac of Idaho, also supports establishing an aquaculture commission. Seapac was not supportive at first when they were approached by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture. But now they support the idea. They did a lot of canvassing through IAA. They have strong support. The commission would allow more state funding and federal grants. Producers and processors will benefit. The water in Hagerman Valley is the important ingredient for this industry and other states do not have it.

A question was asked where would the research be done. At the University of Idaho facilities in Hagerman.

A question was asked if the findings from the research would be made public or kept private. It would be made public.

Dick Rush, Advisor, Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry, opposes Bill 613. He has several concerns. The elections for the commission would be from the association, but not every aquaculture business is a member of the association. The two largest companies that have the bulk of the business, do not want to join. There is something wrong here. An audit by a CPA every other year would cost lots of money. Money grants from the federal government go to Idaho State Department of Agriculture. This is not a good time to establish a commission.

A question was asked when the other commissions were established, was everybody on board. There's always controversy. This might be the only one with a major player not wanting to play.

Larry Cope, President and CEO, Clear Springs Foods, opposes creating the commission. Their business is "egg to market place." They start the eggs in Soda Springs and send them to Twin Falls. The company is 37 years old. It has been employee owned since August 2000. They produce half of Idaho's products. They have a $14 million product development and a $40 million marketing budget.

He contacted the director of the Aquaculture Association last spring. He received a survey letter from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture for a show of interest. He did not respond to it. He invited the Department to visit their facilities but got no response. No one has come and sat down with him. He is not a member of the Idaho Aquaculture Association. The problems he sees with the proposed bill is: the election process, manner of true commodity industry, money generated inadequite to fund marketing and research, and not getting a total consensus of the industry to form a commission.

Judy Bartlett, Lobbyist, Idaho Farm Bureau, supports this bill. It seems the industry has too much product and a commission would help. A commission would also help with marketing and research.

Kay Hardy, President, Clear Lakes Trout Company, supports a commission being formed. Clear Lakes Trout is the second largest producer in Idaho and not a member of the association. Ms. Hardy feels that being a part of a commission would give her company equal status when attending other states functions. Grants are matched as they should be. Clear Springs has received government grants. Clear Lakes Trout has never received grants or federal money.

A question was asked how much her company spends on marketing and research. $80,000 and $5,000

Mr. Rangen, Owner, Rangen Inc., supports Bill 613. He has been in the feed business for 55 years. He also grows beans and a few fish. Mr. Rangen belongs to several other commissions.

Mr. Corbell closed with the following remarks. An audit cost about $1,500 to $1,600 every two years. From other commissions that he is part of, there are no matching funds for grants. The association doesn't nominate to the governor for positions. (Page 2 line 51) This association is consisted of small businesses. With the help of generic marketing from a commission, they hope to grow.

A question was asked if the association makes nominations. No, that is a typo.

A question was asked what would happen to the association. It would be discontinued and fold into the commission.

A question was asked what the minium cost for a producer and for the processor would be. A producer would pay $200 and a processor would pay $100.

A question was asked what the number of members would be. More than 20 members.

A question was asked if they think they can create a commission without 100% participation. Yes

A question was asked if all producers were attempted to be included. Yes, we did.

A question was asked if an attempt was made to straighten this out before the legislation. Yes, calls were made.

A question was asked if anyone went personally. No.

A question was asked on page 5 at the top, it says any producers total annual assessment shall not exceed $1,000. What about processors?

It should say both.

MOTION: Representative Rydalch made a motion that House Bill 613 should remain in committee.

Representative Lake supports the motion to remain in committee to refine the bill.

Representative Shirley feels this needs to include all the businesses. There's strength in numbers.

Representative Stevenson feels the differences won't be worked out. An effort needs to be made.

Representative Bolz feels some corrections to the bill need to be made.

Representative Field (23) feels they need to get together and bring it back next year.

The motion was carried by voice vote. Representative Stevenson wished to be recorded as a Nay vote.

House Bill 613 will be held in the committee.

BILL 653

















MOTION:

Stan Boyd, Lobbyist, Idaho Elk Breeders Association, explained this bill would require cervidae ranchers to register their farms with the Division of Animal industries, Idaho Department of Agriculture. It would also be required that all domestic cervidae be identified with two forms of permanent identification. At least one of them must be visible at a distance of 150 feet. This is to prove that they are private property and not wild. If an animal escapes the farm, the rancher will have 7 days to recover it.

Rex Rammel, Elk Rancher, Rexburg, Idaho, is against Bill 653. He has raised elk for 10 years. He disagrees with the Elk Breeders Association and is not a member. He feels elk are personal property and do not need to be registered. No other animal industry requires a license, permit, or registration to own that personal property. Also he feels the large yellow ear tag takes away from his trophy elk. He sells hunting elk only on his ranch.

A question was asked if the large yellow tags are removable. Yes.

A question was asked since the elk are his personal property and are sold, are they also disease free. The wild elk have high disease and the domestic elk have a slim chance. Since he is a Veterinian, he would know if an elk had disease.

Amanda Rammel, daughter of Rex Rammel, supports the deletion of the bright yellow dangle tags on the elk at their ranch.

Gary Queen, Elk Rancher, Rose Lake Elk Ranch, has worked with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture and the Fish and Game. He supports this bill. This needs to be done so there is alignment with the federal government. There are several types of tagging to use besides the large yellow tag. And they can still be seen 150 feet away. There also needs to be registration of the ranch so each rancher will have a protocol on what to do if wild ungulates cross the fence. The bill is for protection for both the rancher and the public.

A question was asked if Mr. Queen was a Veterinian. No, elk rancher.

A question was asked what method he used for controlling disease. He relies on tagging and the records they keep on the animals.

A question was asked why he is using two types of identification on his elk. Because it was passed last session.

A question was asked if premise registration is in affect now. No, not now but it is examined by the state.

A question was asked how the state knows the location of the farm. There is a $5.00 a head assessment that the Department of Agriculture comes to check.

Dr. Siroky, State Veterinian, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, explained that this bill is consistent with other states. If the animal moves interstate, the two tag rule applies. To have a ranch registered will help notify people of new diseases and other information. Right now this is a small industry and there is information to share.

A question was asked if ranchers are using 2 tags now, why the bill. If the elk loses one tag, there will still be a way to identify it. Also this will make it tough for someone to switch identity from one elk to another in case of disease or death.

A question was asked if there is CWD in Idaho. Hope not. But we never stop looking.

A question was asked if every domestic slaughtered elk is tested. Yes. All elk over 16 months of age are tested. Samples are sent to Caldwell. Because of the ear tag, it can be traced.

A question was asked if every elk slaughtered is tested. There's a percent sample that are tested.

A question was asked if disease is found in both wild and domestic elk. Yes, not in Idaho but other states.

John Chatburn, Deputy Administrator, Animal Industries Division, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, informed the committee that two forms of identification has been required for a number of years. The new part is that one of them must be able to be seen from a distance of 150 feet. This will distinguish the difference between wild and domestic. The registration of the premise is in case the federal government needs to step-in and test. Senator Craig and others are in favor of a national animal identification program that will be coming down the road. Premise registration is the first step.

Jeff Siddoway, Member of Idaho Elk Breeders Association and Sheep Grower, has concerns regarding the two forms of tags and the mandatory registration. Elk must have inspections when they are purchased.

A question was asked regarding the paper trail, what happens if the elk isn't tagged and one becomes diseased. That's a risk of the rancher and they may have to kill the whole herd.

A question was asked since Mr. Siddoway is a sheep grower, isn't he use to having two tags on animals. We need to do that to market the animals and insure risk free meat. With the elk, if a customer is concerned on the safety of the animal, its worth it.

Stan Boyd closed with the following remarks. Elk ranching is a tough industry. Idaho is disease free and proud of it. This bill is to help keep the industry safe and keep the public meat free of disease.

Representative Langford understands that a hunter would want a video of his hunt without the elk displaying a large bright yellow ear tag. There are other ways to identify the animal.

Representative Langford moved that Bill 653 be sent to general orders, amending it to eliminate the dangle tags.

Representative Stevenson moved a substitute motion to send Bill 653 to the floor with do pass recommendation.

A question was asked if a metal tag is sufficient instead of a dangle tag.

Yes.

A request for a roll call vote was made on the substitute motion to send Bill 653 to the floor with do pass recommendation.

5 Aye, Representatives Jones, Field (23), Stevenson, Bolz, Shirley

3 Nay, Representatives Lake, Langford, Rydalch

Representative Jones will be the sponsor on the floor.

BILL 678 Representative Stevenson, explained this is relating to the Idaho Plant pest Act of 2002, Amending Section 22-2017, Idaho Code, to allow for the director to approve the establishment of a crop management area in those areas where there are less the 25 or no registered electors residing within the confines of the proposed crop management area.

Don McFarlin, Agricultural Producer, Little Camas Seed Company, supports Bill 678.

MOTION: Representative Bolz made a motion that Bill 678 be sent to the floor with do pass recommendation. All Aye. Motion carried.

Representative Stevenson will be the floor sponsor.

ADJOURN: Meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.




DATE: February 26, 2004
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Chairman Jones, Vice Chairman Trail, Representatives Field(23), Lake, Stevenson, Bolz, Langford, Rydalch, Shirley, Jaquet, Andersen, Naccarato
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

None
GUESTS: Please refer to the presenters highlighted below and the attached committee sign-in sheet.

Chairman Jones called the meeting to order at 2:10 p.m.

PRESENTATION: Deana Sessions, Administrator, United Dairymen of Idaho, presented the financial statements for years ended December 31, 2003 and 2002, supplemental information for the year ended December 31, 2003 and the Independent Auditor's Reports for the Idaho Dairy Products Commission.

Idaho is the second largest milk producing state in the twelve western U.S. states and ranks 5th in the total U.S. As of December 31, 2003, Idaho had 760 dairy farm operations; producing 8.7 billion pounds of milk from 367,093 cows. Idaho's milk industry has grown to $1 billion dollar industry in 2002.

It is estimated that the dairy industry of Idaho employs more than 19,400 individuals in the production, processing, transportation, and distribution of its milk and milk products. More than 7,900 are on-farm jobs, conservatively averaging $30,000 per year salary. Allied industries employ an additional 11,500 workers (e.g. hay growers, corn silage growers, custom operators, milking machine equipment supplies, feed companies, nutritionists & veterinarians). A significant economic impact on the state is realized through personal property tax, income tax, sales tax, and retail sales generated from income derived from the dairy industry.

Efforts to improve the school milk experience for our nation's children will continue through New Look of School Milk. It is designed to help implement improvements in taste, packaging, flavors and availability. Action for Healthy Kids is designed to create a positive environment in which dairy products are featured as healthful options.

Schools that have contracts with soft drink vendors, are not allowed to have milk vending machines competing with them. At the present time, the Dairy Commission is working on redesigning the container to make it more child appealing.

A question was asked about the new dairy drink. It is a sweeter drink because it is made through an evaporating process.

A question was asked what we (legislature) can do to get soft drink vending machines out of the halls of our schools. Because of the short funding of schools, the soft drink vending machines make a lot of money for the schools. If the schools had better funding they wouldn't need soft drink contracts. The milk people are working on it and its not easy.

A question was asked how long are the contracts. The commission doesn't know. They haven't seen one. There are 11 milk vending machines currently in schools throughout the state. As an industry, the dairymen are determined to compete.

A question was asked after watching milk promotions, are you targeting school age children? Yes, we are targeting the younger children too.

A question was asked about the amount of electricity that a soft drink vending machine would consume verses a milk vending machine. Ms. Sessions didn't know.

A question was asked if a milk vending machine could be installed in the capitol. Yes, she will look into it.

PRESENTATION: John Orr, Chairman, Idaho State Pesticide Management Commission, presented the Commission's annual budget and update on the Commission.

The Pesticide Management Commission was created in 2002. Their purpose is to assist minor crop producers to obtain necessary pesticide registrations for critical pest control needs. They specifically target crop uses that do not use sufficient amounts of pesticides to justify economic demands of research from producing companies. Large chemical companies won't fund research for minor use crop registration.

Initial funding of $100,000 was awarded through a one-time Specialty Crop Grant from the Idaho Department of Agriculture. Future funding efforts will focus on agricultural industry donations and possibly general fund money from the legislature. Grant opportunities will also be explored. Grantees are asked to cost-share.

The commission has accomplished two of their goals: (1) provide pass-through funding and direction for pesticide residue and lab analysis for minor use crops and minor crop uses and (2) Efficacy studies. They will be working on three goals: (1) development and implementation of IPM and preventative pest management strategies and practices, (2) data use surveys, and (3) cooperative research efforts with other western states.

A question was asked regarding soil amendments, are there any laws that require efficacy before they can sell a product. None that they know of.

HJM 18 Representative Bolz informed the committee that this house joint memorial is a simple piece of legislation that applies to all commodities. It states that all potential trade agreements recognize and consider economic impact. This consideration is to include the economic impact of all of the state's industries. Emphasis for trade agreements should be on "fair trade" rather than "free trade."
MOTION: Representative Field made a motion that HJM18 be sent to the floor with do pass. All Aye. Motion carried.

Representative Bolz will be the floor sponsor.

BILL 682 Lloyd Knight, Lobbyist, Idaho Cattle Association, explained the bill. The purpose is to make technical corrections to the Beef Cattle Environmental Control Act that helps to clarify the declaration of policy and further defines several of the definitions. It brings the state plan into compliance with Federal standards by stating the proper Code of Federal Regulations. It also provides that any nutrient management plan so developed shall be maintained on site and clarifies the inspection procedures.

A question was asked to define "ecologically sound" and "socially responsible" as used in the bill on page one. "Ecologically sound" is basically environmently safe. "Socially responsible" deals with consideration to surrounding neighbors.

A question was asked to define "reasonable precautions" as used in the bill on page two. "Reasonable precautions" is basically a justifiable safeguard.

Kevin Jones, President of the Idaho Cattle Association, is in favor of the bill. It contains language that is consist with federal standards.

A question was asked if the dairy located west of Gooding, qualifies as a CAFO. Yes, and it is registered under this law.

Justin Haines, Program Director, Idaho Conservation League, is against Bill 682. He feels copies of the plans are public records and not all of them should be maintained on the site.

A question was asked if it was possible that nutrient plans contain confidential information. Yes. They could contain trade secrets.

John Chatburn, Deputy Administrator, Animal Industries Division, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, clarified that the nutrient plans that the State requires is at a higher standard than what the EPA requires. The State requires a certified planner to write the plan and the EPA doesn't.

A question was asked to define "administrator" as used on page 4, line 3. The definition is found on page 2, line 35.

There was a concern raised about manure and nutrients related to department regulation.

MOTION: Representative Field made a motion that H682 be sent to the floor with do pass.

Representative Jaquet opposes the bill.

Representative Lake does nutrient management plans but doesn't want the information published. He supports the bill.

The motion was carried by a voice vote. Representative Jaquet and Representative Nacarrato wished to be shown as voting "nay."

Representative Stevenson will be the floor sponsor.

ADJOURN: Meeting was adjourned 3:32 p.m.




DATE: March 2, 2004
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Chairman Jones, Representatives Field(23), Lake, Stevenson, Bolz, Langford, Rydalch, Shirley, Jaquet, Andersen, Naccarato Representative Bennett is substituting for Representative Trail.
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

None
GUESTS: Please refer to the presenters highlighted below and the attached committee sign-in sheet.

Chairman Jones called the meeting to order at 1:45 p.m.

In Speaker Newcomb's absence, Chairman Jones informed the committee that House Bill 775 may be heard Thursday, March 4, 2004,

or may be withdrawn.

MINUTES: Representative Bolz moved to accept the minutes of February 24, 2004 as printed. All Aye. Motion carried.

Representative Andersen moved to accept the minutes of February 26, 2004 as printed. All Aye. Motion carried.

PRESENTATION: Roger Madsen, the Director of the Departments of Commerce and Labor, spoke briefly as to the importance of the service performed for Idaho by the trade offices in other countries.

Mandi Thompson, Marketing Trade Specialist, ISDA, introduced the Idaho International Trade Office Managers.

Eddie Yen, of the Idaho-Asia Trade Office in Taipei, Taiwan, said last year was a successful one. He said that he had been asked about television reports showing problems in Taiwan. This is just for the election process and things will go back to peace after March 20, 2004.

Mr. Yen spoke about various Idaho products that are being exported to Taiwan. He said Idaho wines from Ste Chapelle and Carmela are very successful. Hopefully Sawtooth wine will be introduced sometime this year. His office produced a book on Idaho wines in simple Chinese, and then printed an English version. "Fries," made of corn by Simplot, have also sold well in his country. He said a lot of cherries, apples, and peaches are shipped to Taiwan and China. White peaches were at a record last year.





Mr. Yen's office worked with a local Chinese/English radio station to do a one week promotion of Idaho. The program featured a one minute promotion on Idaho tourism. It played 14 times for that week. During the month of July, it will be presented again.

Idaho exports about $123 million dollars of goods to Taiwan. Taiwan is Idaho's fifth largest trading partner.

Armando Orellana, of the Idaho-Mexico Trade Office in Guadalajara, Mexico, spoke. He said that not as much was exported to Mexico last year because of the general down turn in the economy. He said that Governor Kempthorne's trade mission to Mexico was very successful. The Governor took 60 people representing 20 organizations, as well government officials.

The primary wheat millers of Mexico visited Idaho and were hosted by the Idaho Farm Bureau. Since that trade mission, 600,000 bushels have been sold, which totals about $2.3 million. The yellow onion market has brought $5 million. Efforts to sell bean seeds to Mexico continues. Fresh potatoes have been sold across the border too. This is a first.

Mr. Orellana said his office assisted 84 Idaho companies last year in a variety of ways-market intelligence, translation, etc. They had produced a brochure on Idaho tourism written in Spanish which has been very well received. Many other states do not have literature translated into Spanish for tourism and commerce.

General Woo-Joo Chang, of the Idaho-Korea Representative Office in Seoul, Korea, spoke. He said Korea is sending more students to Idaho universities. He also said Idaho makes the best honey in the world, but it is difficult to export to Korea because of the high tariff. Their elderly people enjoy mixing it with ginseng. They are now making it into a powder so it will be easier to ship.

He is happy to see the free trade agreement between Chile and Korea that was signed last month. He said that many Korean economic commentators believe that type of agreement is coming between the US and Korea. Korea has introduced a five day work week.

Idaho State Republic of Korea Office also helped to introduce Micron, Hewlett Packard, AC Data Systems, American Semiconductor, SCP Global Technologies and other Idaho high-tech IT related companies to Korea. Korea sees Idaho is not only developed in agriculture but also in high-tech.

General Chang's office promotes Idaho where ever they can. He mentioned ads promoting Idaho industries that are posted in a long corridor in the Korea World Trade Center which is visited by 200,00 people every day.

Dr. Cao Guoli, of the Idaho-Shanghai Representative Office in Shanghai, China, spoke. Last year China was seriously impacted by SARS, and was also impacted by the Iraq war to some extent. Despite this, China produced $3.9 billion worth of goods for the US last year, a 32.3% increase. It is easier to buy something from China than it is to sell something to China.

Dr. Guoli said that more and more Idaho companies are doing business in China. His office helps identify the most promising areas. He said Micron and Simplot are expanding their facilities in China. He said a 2003 promotion for Idaho products in China went very well. They want to help small and medium sized Idaho companies do business in China.

Boise Building Solutions exported more than ten containers of Southern Yellow Pine to Shanghai. Pioneer Coatings sold paint to Shanghai. Rail Tech Company signed an annual contract to sell square cut legs to Shanghai. China bought Idaho beef until the mad cow concern. It is now selling well.

BILL 730 Representative Jaquet explained this bill. It allows broader citizen access to county public hearings on the siting of confined animal feeding operations. Current language prohibits participation by those who do not have a primary residence within one mile of a proposed site. She feels there should be input from anybody at any distance from a CAFO.

A question was asked why should "Only members of the public with their primary residence within a one mile radius of a proposed site may provide comment at the hearing. However, this distance may be increased by the board." be deleted from the bill when it says the board may increase the distance. It is a double standard. There's no restrictions.

The following are concerned citizens that support House Bill 730:

Victor Hill, Canyon County Resident

Merrill Stoddard, Twin Falls Resident

Gayle Poorman, Meridian Resident

Wendy Matson, Boise Resident

Helen McCracken, Twin Falls Resident

Marty Durand, Attorney ACLU

Bob Stolz, Castleford Resident

Claudia Haines, Nampa Resident

Ed Smith, Filer Resident

Len Miracle, Filer Resident

Rich Carlson, Filer Resident

Elinor Chehey, President, League of Women Voters of Idaho

Dela Johnson, Nampa Resident



The following oppose House Bill 730:

Bob Naerebout, Idaho Dairymen Association

Lloyd Knight, Idaho Cattle Association

Judy Bartlett, Idaho Farm Bureau

Representative Jaquet closed by saying that House Bill 730 would allow freedom of speech. It will allow expertise people to talk who are outside the one mile area. It will also encourage the public to participate. It will lift the restriction of who may speak at a hearing for new or expanding CAFOs'.

MOTION: Representative Naccarato made the motion that House Bill 730 be sent to the floor with do pass.

A question was asked if this would apply to current CAFOs'. No, it would apply to new CAFOs' and expansions.

A question was asked if a current CAFO wanted to expand, would it have to go through this process. Yes.

SUBSTITUTE MOTION: Representative Stevenson made a substitute motion to hold House Bill 730 in committee.

Representative Andersen opposed the substitute motion.

Representative Lake quoted a paragraph from a letter from Deputy Attorney General, Steven W. Strack. "The right to notice and hearing is not universal, however. As courts from other states have noted in zoning decisions: it "Scarcely can be seriously argued the legislative body intended that any and all persons, irrespective of where they lived or owned property (are) entitled to be heard." Thus, legislatures may limit and define the class of people to be heard in hearings addressing specific zoning decisions to those persons "interested" in the outcome. He opposes the bill. He supports the motion to hold in committee.

Representative Shirley is for free speech and government at a local level. He is swaying back and forth. But he does support the substitute motion.

Representative Bolz is concerned about the people who contacted him from northern Idaho where there are no CAFOs'.

Representative Field sees both sides. Should the state take responsibility or should the local people? There needs to be some type of border.

Representative Andersen feels that at the hearings, CAFO can bring expertise from any location, but the local people can only be represented from a one mile radius of the CAFO. Both sides should be represented on equal grounds.

Representative Stevenson reminded the committee that the people agreed upon this bill as it was written last year.

A roll call vote was requested on the substitute motion to hold in committee. Seven voted aye: Representative Field, Representative Lake, Representative Stevenson, Representative Langford, Representative Rydalch, Representative Shirley, Representative Bennett.

Five voted nay: Representative Bolz, Representative Jaquet, Representative Andersen, Representative Naccarato, Chairman Jones. House Bill 730 is held in committee.

H 741

Sherm Takatori, Program Manager, Crop Residue Disposal Program, ISDA, explained Bill 741 relates to smoke management and crop residue disposal by defining economically viable alternative and clarifying that the provisions relating to all agricultural field burning as set forth in Section 22-4803 (2) (a) apply to any person conducting crop residue burning. The food producers support this bill.

Patti Gora, Executive Director, Safe Air For Everyone, opposes Bill 741. She recognizes that burning is bad for the public's health. Ms. Gora gave two examples of lawsuits resulting from burning. Not only is burning unhealthy, it affects the tourism industry in northern Idaho. One can't quantify health hazards in dollars and cents. Growers make more money when they burn. Washington and Oregon have limited their crop burnings. The EPA remains concerned in effects from field burning. These multiple deficiencies in the complaint system call for significant attention and correction before the next burn season. House Bill 391 from last year is at the Supreme Court level. We need to wait and see what happens with that bill before this bill is passed.

Lawrence Lampert supports Bills 741 and 776. Burning is the only way to maximize his blue grass crop. That money is important to the northern Idaho community.

Representative Lake made a motion that House Bell 741 be sent to the floor with do pass. A voice vote was taken. Motion carried. Representative Jaquet and Representative Andersen wished to be recorded as voting nay.

Chairman Jones will be the floor sponsor.

H 776 Representative Meyer explained Bill 776 that will amend Section 11-4804, Idaho Code, to increase fees relating to the registration of fields for agricultural burning in designated counties and provides for an emergency clause. This would go into effect right away. Approximately $75,000 will go to the Idaho State Department of Agriculture to be placed in a dedicated fund.

A question was asked where the money goes. It will go into a dedicated fund for the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.

Representative Field made the motion that House Bill 776 be sent to the floor with do pass.

The spending authority for the crop residue program for fiscal 2005 was raised to $92,000.

A question was asked because the DEQ budget was cut back on the air quality program, will this affect the crop management program. The effect is unknown.

A question was asked if the increase of $2.00 an acre, would ever go back down. Farmers feel they must support this fund. The extra money could go to research.

A voice vote was taken. All aye. Motion carried.

Representative Meyer will be the floor sponsor.

ADJOURN: Meeting was adjourned at 4:05 p.m.




DATE: March 4, 2004
TIME: 1:30 p. m.
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Chairman Jones, Representatives Field(23), Lake, Stevenson, Bolz, Langford, Rydalch, Shirley, Jaquet, Andersen, Naccarato, Representative Bennett is substituting for Representative Trail
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

Representative Shirley
GUESTS: Please refer to the presenters highlighted below and the attached committee sign-in sheet.

Representative Jones called the meeting to order at 2:43 p.m.

MINUTES: Representative Bolz moved to accept the minutes of March 2, 2004 with one correction.
BILL 807 Representative Bedke explained the purpose of the bill is to reduce the membership of the Idaho Beef Council from eight to seven members and provides for one ex-officio, nonvoting member of the council. This legislation would also require that the Governor select council members from recommendations made to him by organizations who represent or who are engaged in the same type of production or business as the proposed member of the council. This bill also proposes that no member shall serve more than two consecutive terms, except that members may serve additional terms after at least three years have passed between terms of service. This bill expands the powers and duties of the council to allow public relations that reinforce the importance of beef production and allows the council to coordinate with industry groups in the planning of issues management and producer communication. This bill also states that if the federal program should ever cease, the current fifty cent per head assessment shall increase to one dollar per head. One hundred percent of the amount collected shall be refunded when specifically requested in writing.

A question was asked what is the difference between this bill and the Senate Bill 1312A that is being held in their amending order. Basically the refund provision called for 85% and the council to be made up of eleven.

A question was asked under Section 4 regarding assessment, what if the owner doesn't want to pay. That person may request from the council in writing a refund and the council will pay within 60 days.

A question was asked what if the owner has a problem with the promotion of beef and doesn't want to pay. He would get his money back.

A question was asked how the money is collected. Each time a change in ownership of cattle occurs. Also when Idaho cattle leave the state permanently even though no change in ownership occurs.

A question was asked if this includes out of state cattle. Yes. Whenever there is a change of ownership. Out of state cattle would pay their state and not Idaho before coming into Idaho. Every state has a similar fee.

A question was asked if it would be the same amount, $1.00. Yes.

Lloyd Knight, Lobbyist, Idaho Cattle Association, supports House Bill 807. The cattle industry is very supportive of this bill. We need to have the state on solid footings in case of the discontinuation of a national program.

A question was asked if there are problems with the checkoff. There are folks who disagree no matter what, but, there is a refund clause.

Cevin Jones, President of Idaho Cattle Association, supports House Bill 807. We need a program to support our products. In 2003 the demand increased.

A question was asked how many members are in the Idaho Cattle Association. There are 1,300 statewide.

A question was asked if the all agree with this bill. Most of the members support this bill.

MOTION: Representative Field made the motion that House Bill 807 be sent to the floor with a do pass recommendation. A voice vote was taken. All aye. Motion carried.

Representative Bedke will be the floor sponsor.

BILL 806 Representative Bolz explained this bill that will provide the Idaho State Department of Agriculture the authority to promulgate rules for the identification of livestock, poultry or fish and to provide for the registration of premises where they are held. This is being done in order to provide for disease control and increased traceability of infected or exposed animals.

Dr. Siroky, State Veterinarian, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, explained the US Animal Identification Plan is needed to maintain the economic viability of American animal agriculture. The national animal identification and tracking plan will enhance disease preparedness by rapidly identifying animals exposed to disease permitting quick detection, containment, and elimination of disease threats. The long term goal is to establish a system that can complete the traces within 48 hours of discovery of the disease. The responsibility of animal checking is under the state. This gives us the ability to communicate with other states if all states are uniform. If the USDA plan doesn't go, neither will the state plan. Idaho is getting a head start before the other states. The information in the data base will be sensitive and confidential because of terrorist possibility.

A question was asked if there will be federal money or grants available. The costs will be on the producers, the state, and federal. There are no exact costs as of yet. Currently, Idaho's cattle, sheep and swine industries have developed preliminary implementation plans.

A question was asked if it is premature to have this bill in effect before the federal confidential record keeping is established. No.

A question was asked how would registration of premise be done on fish and poultry. "Lots" will be used to identify fish and poultry. That is a group of fish or poultry that are kept together. Lots can also work for cattle if the cattle are grouped together and kept as a whole and slaughtered as a whole.

A question was asked where the federal legislation is on this. Dr. Siroky couldn't give an exact timing but knew they were meeting on it today.

A question was asked if Dr. Siroky sees the federal plan finalized this year. They have a lot of work to do, Idaho has too. Confidentiality is the important part. We need to start collecting data for the pilot program this July. Agricultural is the softest target for terrorism.

A question was asked if it will be mandatory to participate in the pilot program. That can't be answered at this time.

Judy Bartlett, Lobbyist, Idaho Farm Bureau, supports this bill. The Bureau has been involved with this since the beginning.

A question was asked if this will be a negotiated rule making. She understands it will be.

Lloyd Knight, Lobbyist, Idaho Cattle Association, supports this bill. This is for live animals to be traced. We need 48 hours tracing process to be in effect in case of a terrorist attack. The confidentiality is seen as an important part of it too.

Cevin Jones, President Idaho Cattle Association, supports this bill. His biggest concern is the confidentiality part. He would like to see the ISDA set the rules.

MOTION: Representative Field made the motion that House Bill 806 to go to the floor with do pass recommendation.
SUBSTITUTE MOTION: Representative Jaquet made a substitute motion for House Bill 806 to go to general orders to delete any language exempting access to public records.

Representative Field opposes going to general orders.

Representative Rydalch feels time is of the essence and we don't have time to go to general orders.

Representative Lake opposes the substitute motion.

Representative Bennett opposes the substitute motion.

A voice vote was called for on the substitute motion.

Motion failed.

A voice vote was then called for the motion to send House Bill 806 to the floor with a do pass recommendation.

Motion approved.

Representative Jaquet and Representative Lake asked to be recorded as voting Nay.

Chairman Jones and Speaker Newcomb will be the sponsors on the floor.

ADJOURN: Meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.




DATE: March 8, 2004
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Chairman Jones, Vice Chairman Trail, Representatives Field(23), Lake, Stevenson, Bolz, Langford, Rydalch, Shirley, Jaquet, Andersen, Naccarato
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

None
GUESTS: Please refer to the presenters highlighted below and the attached committee sign-in sheet.
MINUTES: Representative Bolz moved to accept the minutes of March 4, 2004, as written.

Chairman Jones called the meeting to order at 2:50 p.m. He also gave a brief update on a possible future bill regarding creating an Aquaculture Commission. There is a possibility that there will not be a meeting Wednesday.

BILL 816 Speaker Newcomb presented House Bill 816. The purpose of this legislation is to set up an identification system by which the Agriculture Department and/or the Brand Department can identify cattle that enter the State of Idaho from Canada. This bill is because of the Washington cattle that came from Canada and entered Idaho infected with BSE. There were 81 of them and some ended up in Declo. Because of the owner's dairy records, they were able to be traced back to Canada. Eleven of the 81 have not been accounted for or located.

Agri-Beef exports premium beef to Japan. Because of the BSE ordeal, $500,000 worth of beef was sent back from Japan. It will take a while for the market to come back around. Right now, Japan is requesting a lot of pork.

Mexico cattle have a "M" brand on their left hip or cheek to identify them. Cattle from Canada would have a "C" brand on their neck. They may also be identified with a radio frequency identification device which conforms to U.S. animal identification plan standards or with an implant in accordance with regulations of the USDA. Their Idaho brand would still appear on their hip.

A question was asked if we were inviting retaliation with Canada. Probably, yes. They can send boxed beef but not live right now.

A question was asked if he had ever branded on the neck. Yes. It's not easy and nose tongs would probably have to be used.

A question was asked what rules are in place for federal identification tags. They would be implants like dogs have. We're leaving it general so any type of identification can be used to track.

A question was asked if Canada has a premise identification and not an individual identification. Yes. Each animal at birth has a premise ID.

A question was asked if the "C" brand on the neck is for tracking purposes only and not a clean bill of health. Yes.

A question was asked what the cost of a radio frequency device is. It costs about $2.50 each.

A question was asked regarding if hot branding the cattle that are going to be slaughtered right away is necessary. It will be about 16 to 18 months before more cattle are allowed to come across the border from Canada. Dairy cattle will come across before beef cattle.

A question was asked if dairy cattle will come across the border within 16 to 18 months. Some people say that, don't know if that is true or not.

A question was asked why this bill is proposed right now. One reason is to send a message to Canada that Idaho will take steps to prevent the spread of BSE rather than wait for the national program.

A question was asked if the brand will be inspected at the border when the cattle enter or will they be inspected on the Idaho ranch. They will be inspected at the Canadian ranch and branded there.

A question was asked if Canada will enforce the law. Yes. When the cattle are in Idaho, they will have to have the "C" brand on them then. If not, the Idaho rancher will be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to a fine.

MOTION: Representative Field (23) made the motion that House Bill 816 go to the floor with do pass recommendation.

A question was asked if any other border states are doing anything like this. None that he knows of.

A question was asked if there was any communication with Iowa Beef Processors. No.

A question was asked regarding that to restrain a fattened animal and put through a shoot, it will bruise the meat. The cattle will have to be branded before being fattened.

A voice vote was taken for the motion to send House Bill 816 to the floor with a do pass recommendation.

Motion approved.

Representative Lake asked to be recorded as voting Nay.

Speaker Newcomb will be the floor sponsor.

ADJOURN: Meeting was adjourned at 3:20 p.m.




DATE: March 12, 2004
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Chairman Jones, Vice Chairman Trail, Representatives Field(23), Lake, Stevenson, Bolz, Langford, Rydalch, Shirley, Jaquet, Andersen, Naccarato
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

Representative Lake
GUESTS: Please refer to the presenters highlighted below and the attached committee sign-in sheet.
MINUTES: Representative Bolz moved to accept the minutes of March 8, 2004, as written.

Chairman Jones called the meeting to order at 2:04 p.m. He announced that the committee has been designated to be a privileged committee for the purpose of introducing RS 14263.

Chairman Jones turned the chair over to Vice Chairman Trail so he could introduce RS 14263.

RS 14263 Representative Jones explained because of the current water conditions in the Hagerman Valley, the creation of an aquaculture commission has become crucial.

Several things have changed in this bill and several things have stayed the same from House Bill 613. The first page is the same with the same number of members. On the second page, line 18, is the first change. "No more than one person from any partnership, corporation, limited liability company, cooperative, or other business entity shall serve as a member of the commission at the same time." This will keep equal the membership of processors and producers as some companies do both. The voting process has changed too. The powers and duties have not changed from House Bill 613. There is no change in the disbursement of funds. Having the commission report to the agricultural committee of the legislature hasn't changed. The assessment part did change. The commission will look more like a commodity commission. The refund clause hasn't been changed. A large addition occurs on page 5, the "opt out alternative."

MOTION: Representative Field made a motion for RS 14263 to be introduced to print and be sent to the second reading calendar.
Bob Corbell, Lobbyist, Idaho Aquaculture Association, supports the creation of the commission. There are no objections from the association. He thinks they have unanimous support.

A question was asked where the funds will come from when the commission is first established. There are some funds in the association and the board will probably give some as a gift.

A question was asked if the person who objected earlier to the commission, has been included. Yes.

A voice vote was taken and the motion was passed.

Representative Jones will be the floor sponsor.

S1232a Linda Lemmon, Executive Secretary Idaho Aquaculture Association, fish farmer, explained this bill would set penalties for damages encountered to fish farms. The purpose of this legislation is to amend Chapter 70, Title 18, Idaho Code by adding a new section designated as Section 18-7041, Idaho Code. This new section to Idaho Code will specify unlawful actions to aquaculture operations and provide punishment for performing these actions. The fish farms don't fall under other commodity groups. They want to send a strong message and be taken seriously. Local authorities support this bill. Ms. Lemmon gave several examples of vandalism to the farms. Several farms were hit last year. Crimes are not published because they don't want the public to know how vulnerable they are.

A question was asked if they have ever succeeded in capturing the criminals. Yes, but prosecution was difficult.

A question was asked if this will open doors for lawsuits because of bathing and such. We're frustrated, but not mean. That's why there is a clause with the word "intent" in it. The vandals can pay for the cleanup and replacement of the fish.

Leo Ray, Fish Farmer, supports this bill. Fish farming is a $75 to $100 million dollar industry. There can be $300,000 to $400,00 worth of vandalism without getting off the county road. Being silent the past 4 or 5 years hasn't been working. The fish industry is very vulnerable.

A question was asked what "posted" means. The farms have signs staked around the ponds with no trespassing on them.

MOTION: Representative Shirley made a motion for S1232a be sent to the floor with a do pass recommendation.

All Aye. Motion carried.

Representative Jones will be the floor sponsor.

ADJOURN: Meeting was adjourned at 2:45 p.m.




DATE: March 16, 2004
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Chairman Jones, Vice Chairman Trail, Representatives Field(23), Lake, Stevenson, Bolz, Langford, Rydalch, Shirley, Jaquet, Andersen, Naccarato
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

None
GUESTS: Please refer to the presenters highlighted below and the attached committee sign-in sheet.

Chairman Jones called the meeting to order at 2:10 p.m.

MINUTES: Representative Field moved to accept the minutes of March 12, 2004, as written.

Chairman Jones announced a restructure of the agenda with S1313a to be last.

SCR128 Chairman Jones informed that SCR 128 would reject certain pending rules of the Department of Agriculture relating to tuberculosis and the private feeding of big games animals. Previously, the House Agricultural Subcommittee rejected the rules relating to this and the Senate Agricultural Subcommittee also rejected the rules.
MOTION: Representative Lake made a motion for SCR 128 be sent to the floor with a do pass recommendation.

All Aye. Motion carried.

Representative Lake will be the floor sponsor.

SCR127 Chairman Jones informed that SCR 127 would reject pending rules of the Department of Agriculture relating to livestock marketing. Previously, the House Agricultural Subcommittee approved the rules relating to this and the Senate Agricultural Subcommittee rejected the rules.
MOTION: Representative Trail made a motion for SCR 127 be sent to the floor with a do pass recommendation.

Discussion followed.

A question was asked to briefly describe the rule this pertained to. The rule updates the rules for public livestock markets and addresses disease surveillance, record keeping and animal movement related to buying stations and livestock dealers.





A question was asked if this is not consist with the legislative intent. Buying stations buy cattle that must go to slaughter within 7 days. They need to be able to track cattle back to their original origin.

Judy Bartlett, Lobbyist, Idaho Farm Bureau, still supports the rule.

A question was asked if these are negotiated rules. Yes, they were. Many were involved including the Farm Bureau, Idaho Cattle Association, sale yards, buying stations, and legislators.

A question was asked if these are the same rules that were agreed to last summer. There were four meetings that arrived to this set of rules.

Lloyd Knight, Lobbyist, Idaho Cattle Association, stated his members have struggled with this since the subcommittee accepted the rule. They would like to wait for the animal identification program. He is hearing from his members that they are very concerned.

A voice vote was taken and the motion passed.

Representative Lake will be the floor sponsor.

S1313a Senator Noh explained the bill. This would be for commodities only and not for seed crops. Currently there is no inventory reporting to the owners of grain or other commodities in storage at Idaho storage warehouses. Usually, the longer the commodity is in storage, the greater the storage charges, which often accumulates until there is no commodity left. Owners of such commodities may be elderly or live in other states or towns remote from the warehouse or the land which they own. It is very easy for such owners to just forget they have such assets in storage, and no notice from the warehouse may be given for years. This proposal would simply require a yearly reporting through the U.S. Postal Service to the last address of record of the owner of such stored commodities by the warehouse.

A question was asked if this had been discussed with the Indian tribes. No, he wasn't aware. The Bureau of Indian Affairs do this function for the tribal members.

A question was asked if the warehouse would contact the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Not sure, he is under the impression that the Bureau of Indian Affairs would take care of that.

A question was asked if most dealings with the tribes are cash. Yes, most of them are.

Dar Olberding, Lobbyist, Idaho Grain Producers Association, informed that the three year time frame had been agreed upon in the last board meeting in February. As for the tribal issue, the Nez Perce have a block of ground so this would be cumbersome, but the amendment covers that.

MOTION: Representative Shirley made a motion for S1313a to be sent to the floor with a do pass recommendation.

All Aye. Motion carried.

Representative Jones will be the sponsor on the floor.

ADJOURN: Meeting was adjourned at 2:45 p.m.




DATE: March 18, 2004
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Chairman Jones, Vice Chairman Trail, Representatives Field(23), Lake, Stevenson, Bolz, Langford, Rydalch, Shirley, Jaquet, Andersen, Naccarato
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

Representative Field (23), Vice Chairman Trail
GUESTS: Please refer to the presenters highlighted below and the attached committee sign-in sheet.

Chairman Jones called the meeting to order at 1:37 p.m.

MINUTES: Representative Bolz moved to accept the minutes of March 16, 2004, as written.
S1314a Senator Pearce presented S1314a. The purpose of this legislation is to amend the Veterinary Practice Act to allow individuals other than veterinarians to collect and analyze semen. The proposed legislation further clarifies that semen evaluation does not replace a complete fertility examination or a breeding soundness evaluation. The amendment to this bill states a person who has performed or provided bull semen evaluations in this state prior to the date of adjournment of the second regular session of the fifty-seventh Idaho legislature may continue to perform or provide bull semen evaluations. For purposes of this exception, bull semen evaluations are limited to the collecting and analyzing of bovine semen for the purpose of assessing concentration, motility, morphology, and gross scrotal circumference.

A question was asked what were the amendments that were added to this bill. Page 3, lines 42 to 49

A question was asked that if this was grandfathered, why are the veterinarians opposed? Everyone was invited to attend the meeting to discuss this. The Idaho Veterinary Medical Association didn't come to the table.

A question was asked if anyone from the Idaho Veterinary Medical Association was present at two of the meetings. Senator Pearce was unable to answer since he was not at the meetings himself.

A question was asked since this procedure is acceptable in Montana, is it also in Utah. He wasn't sure.



Tom Moe, Veterinarian, Idaho Veterinary Medical Association, explained that the Veterinary Practice Act was written in the 1950's to protect the public from unqualified people practicing veterinary procedures without a license. Hoffman Articifical Insemination has been working in Idaho without a license. This bill would allow others to do the same. There are no qualifications or continuing schooling for these people. It is required of a veterinarian. He opposes the bill.

As question was asked if Hoffman Articifical Insemination was practicing before 1999. Not sure.

A question was asked if this procedure applies only to virgin bulls and then licensed veterinarians for the other ones. This bill doesn't distinguish between the two.

Clyde Gillespie, Veterinarian, Idaho Veterinary Medical Association, explained when a veterinarian does the procedure, he also does a five point examination. This can help find diseases. He opposes the bill.

A question was asked if the cattlemen had followed through, would the Association been satisfied. Yes.

A question was asked if Hoffman Articifical Insemination practices in the Minidoka-Cassia area. No, just in the eastern part of the state.

Larry Eld, Retired Veterinarian, Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine, explained there is a lot of confusion and opposition between the veterinarians and the cattlemen. He went to great lengths to get this legislation written to satisfy both sides. He supports this bill.

A question was asked if there is a differential in costs. Yes, and that is an important factor to the cattlemen.

A question was asked about how much. There is approximately a $10.00 difference.

A question was asked about the letter from Senator Pearce. Sheila Jensen, Management Assistant for the Board of Veterinary Medicine, explained she never got the letter. A letter from the Department of Agriculture is the only letter that was received.

A question was asked what "indirect supervision" means. It is a client and patient type relationship.

The question was asked how would he be supervised. He would have to submit a letter to the board informing that he is doing procedures and what Idaho veterinian he is working with.

Jeff Lord, Idaho Cattle Association, informed that there are fewer and fewer veterinarians every year that are in large animal practice. Hoffman Articifical Insemination practices in Idaho and sends semen all over the world. He supports this bill.







A question was asked where Mr. Lord has his ranch. Elmore county.

A question was asked if he has ever used Hoffman Articifical Insemination. Yes.

Lloyd Knight, Idaho Cattle Association, explained that this legislation gives the cattlemen a choice. The market drove this. A veterinarian will still be needed on the ranch for other things for the cattle. This bill has no intention to eliminate the need for a veterinarian.

A question was asked what "market drive" means. It is finding someone else to do semen analyzing only.

Senator Pearce gave his closing remarks on S1314a.

Representative Shirley stated he has gotten a lot of communication on this bill. Some of the cattlemen are undecided.

MOTION: Representative Shirley made a motion to hold S1314a in committee.

Representative Nacarrato agreed. He sees a problem with the SOP not being in agreement with the bill as amended. He also questions the terms "indirect supervision."

Representative Stevenson supports holding S1314a in committee.

Representative Lake still wants an examination on his bulls by a veterinarian. He does support the amendment to S1314.

A voice vote was taken and the motion was passed. Representative Lake wished to be recorded as voting Nay.

ADJOURN: Meeting was adjourned at 3:12 p.m.




DATE: March 19, 2004
TIME:
PLACE: Room 416
MEMBERS: Chairman Jones, Vice Chairman Trail, Representatives Field(23), Lake, Stevenson, Bolz, Langford, Rydalch, Shirley, Jaquet, Andersen, Naccarato
ABSENT/

EXCUSED:

Vice Chairman Trail
GUESTS: None

Chairman Jones called the meeting to order at 3:05 p.m.

MOTION: Representative Bolz made a motion to accept the minutes of March 18, 2004, as written.

Motion approved.

Chairman Jones thanked the committee for all their hard work this year. He also thanked the secretary and page.

ADJOURN: Their being no further business, the committee did sine die at 3:15 p.m.