SENATE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE, SALMON AND WATER

 

 

February 02, 2001   Hearing Room B

8:00 AM Tapes  23 - 24

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Sen. Ken Messerle, Chair

Sen. Frank Shields, Vice-Chair

Sen. Bill Fisher

Sen. Ginny Burdick

Sen. Jason Atkinson

Sen. Roger Beyer

Sen. Ryan Deckert

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Judith Callens, Committee Administrator

Patricia Nielsen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:            HB 2130

                                                SB 302

                                                SB 214

                                                SB 328

                                                Informational Meeting/Department of Agriculture

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 23, A

005

Chair Messerle

Opens meeting at 8:05 a.m.

HB 2130 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Judith Callens

Committee Administrator. Presents bill.

020

Chuck Craig

Deputy Director, Department of Agriculture.  Testifies in favor.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT A).

035

Vice-Chair Shields

Asks what happens if the two appointing authorities do Not agree.

040

Craig

Responds.

045

Chair Messerle

Closes public hearing on HB 2130.  Opens work session on HB 2130 at 8:07 a.m.

HB 2130 – WORK SESSION

050

Vice-Chair Shields

MOTION:  Moves HB 2130 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

050

 

VOTE:  7-0

AYE:            In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

055

Chair Messerle

The motion CARRIES.

VICE-CHAIR SHIELDS will lead discussion on the floor.

060

Chair Messerle

Closes work session on HB 2130, opens work session on SB 302 at 8:09 a.m.

SB 302 - WORK SESSION

060

Callens

Describes bill.

070

Chair Messerle

Comments that the bill was brought back because of concerns.

075

Sen. Atkinson

Asks whether this is a safety placeholder for SB 172.

076

Chair Messerle

Confirms.

080

Sen. Atkinson

MOTION:  Moves SB 302 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

085

Chair Messerle

Leads discussion.

095

 

VOTE:  7-0

AYE:            In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

 

Chair Messerle

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. DECKERT will lead discussion on the floor.

099

Chair Messerle

Closes work session on 302.  Opens work session on SB 214.

SB 214 - WORK SESSION

100

Callens

Describes bill, and –1 amendments.

120

Chair Messerle

Closes Work session on SB 214.  Reopens work session on HB 2130.

HB 2130 WORK SESSION

110

Vice-Chair Shields

MOTION:  Requests unanimous consent that the rules be SUSPENDED to allow SEN. BURDICK and SEN. DECKERT to BE RECORDED as voting AYE on the MOTION:  Moves HB 2130 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Messerle

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.  Records votes.  Closes work session on HB 2130.  Reopens work session on SB 302.

SB 302 – WORK SESSION

120

Vice-Chair Shields

MOTION:  Requests unanimous consent that the rules be SUSPENDED to allow SEN. BURDICK to BE RECORDED as voting AYE on the MOTION:  Moves SB 302 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Messerle

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.  Records votes.  Closes work session on SB 302.  Reopens work session on SB 214.

SB 214 – WORK SESSION

140

Sen. Atkinson

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 214-1 amendments dated 1/30/01.

145

 

VOTE:  7-0

146

Chair Messerle

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

 

148

Sen. Atkinson

MOTION:  Moves SB 214 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

148

 

VOTE:  7-0

AYE:            In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

150

Chair Messerle

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. ATKINSON will lead discussion on the floor.

155

Chair Messerle

Closes work session on SB 214.  Open work session on SB 328.

SB 328 - WORK SESSION

170

Callens

Describes bill and –2 amendments.

190

Jock Mills

Director of Government Relations, Oregon State University.  Testifies in favor of amendments.

215

Sen. Burdick

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 328-2 amendments dated 1/30/01.

220

Chair Messerle

Leads discussion.

225

Sen. Fisher

Requests information about the –1 amendments.

226

Callens

Responds.

245

 

VOTE:  7-0

246

Chair Messerle

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

250

Sen. Burdick

MOTION:  Moves SB 328 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

251

 

VOTE:  6-1

AYE:               6 - Beyer R, Burdick, Deckert, Fisher, Shields, Messerle

NAY:               1 - Atkinson

255

Chair Messerle

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. BURDICK will lead discussion on the floor.

260

Chair Messerle

Closes work session on SB 328.  Opens informational meeting for the Department of Agriculture, relating to Agriculture Economy.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

270

Phil Ward

Director, Department of Agriculture.  Introduces presentation by Brent Searle.

280

Brent Searle

Dept of Agriculture.  Presentation using submitted written material (EXHIBIT C).

290

Chair Messerle

Asks about comparison with other industries.

295

Ward

Responds.

330

Sen. Burdick

Asks about forestry and value added processing.

350

Sen. Fisher

Asks whether prices include retail.

360

Ward

Explains.

365

Searle

Continues and refers to submitted materials.

390

Sen. R. Beyer

Inquires whether Christmas trees are included in nursery/greenhouse category.

395

Searle

Responds.

400

Sen. Fisher

Assumes cattle includes all animals raised for food.

Tape 24, A

010

Searle

Responds.  Continues.

020

Sen. Burdick

Inquires about cause of higher agricultural expenses.

025

Searle

Explains.  Refers to submitted materials.

050

Sen. Atkinson

Asks whether onion costs are attributable to NAFTA.

060

Searle

Responds.

065

Chair Messerle

Inquires whether export of hay has dropped considerably.

070

Searle

Explains.

075

Sen. R. Beyer

Asks about blue-green Algae from Klamath Basin.

080

Bond

Responds.

095

Sen. R. Beyer

Comments about Christmas trees.

100

Searle

Continues.

120

Chair Messerle

Asks what percentage of production is from exports.

125

Searle

Responds.

130

Chair Messerle

Asks whether numbers for 2000 are balancing out again.

135

Searle

Elaborates.

140

Vice-Chair Shields

Asks whether there is a cycle.

150

Searle

Affirms.

165

Chair Messerle

Asks whether banks require more collateral because of lower net return.

170

Searle

Responds.

180

Chair Messerle

Comments that banks put emphasis on cash flow and the downward trends can cause financial regulators to put pressure on banks.

185

Bond

Elaborates.

190

Vice-Chair Shields

Asks how Oregon compares with other northwestern states.

195

Searle

Explains.

240

Sen. Burdick

Asks what problems are caused by invasive species.

245

Searle

Responds.

260

Chair Messerle

Asks about zebra mussel from the Midwest and other invasive species.

270

Sen. Deckert

Asks about long term outlook or concern as Oregon liberalizes trade agreements.

275

Bond

Explains.

300

Sen. Deckert

Inquires about rationale for tariff rate difference.

305

Bond

Answers.

310

Searle

Continues.

325

Sen. Burdick

Asks whether Oregon wheat is competitive in Asian economy.

330

Searle

Explains.

350

Bond

Comments on strong production  worldwide due to good weather years.

360

Chair Messerle

Asks for breakdown of Asian markets.

380

Searle

Discusses trade opportunities.

410

Sen. Burdick

Asks about monitoring of pesticides being used in other countries.

420

Bond

Explains inspection system.

440

Sen. Burdick

Asks whether use of pesticides is part of trade agreements.

Tape 23, B

020

Bond

Responds.

025

Searle

Describes discussion of those issues.

040

Chair Messerle

Asks whether increased renting of land indicates farmer population is aging.

045

Searle

Affirms and describes projections.

060

Chair Messerle

Asks about cost efficiency of buying versus renting land.

065

Sen. R. Beyer

Asks whether numbers will increase as farms change hands.

075

Searle

Responds.

080

Chair Messerle

Inquires about percentage of farm income reflected by part-time versus full time farming.

090

Searle

Responds.

100

Chair Messerle

Asks about secondary lands and whether such land does not represent a primary source of income of many landowners.

105

Searle

Elaborates.

130

Chair Messerle

Asks about impact of market consolidation on cost of production.

135

Searle

Describes increased costs.

140

Sen. Fisher

Comments about other cost increases experienced by farmers.

147

Searle

Continues.

202

Chair Messerle

Asks whether high farm value is seen only in Willamette Valley.

210

Searle

Responds.

220

Chair Messerle

Draws comparisons to timberland.

225

Searle

Concludes.

240

Callens

Describes recent report on invasive species.

250

Chair Messerle

Adjourns meeting at 9:17 a.m.

 

Submitted By,                        Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Patricia Nielsen,                        Judith Callens,

Committee Assistant                        Committee Administrator

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Testimony on HB 2130, Charles Craig, Oregon Dept of Agriculture, 1 p

B – Testimony on SB 214, Jim Myron, Oregon Trout, 1 p

C – Written Testimony, Brent Searle, Oregon Department of Agriculture, 12 pp