It was a busy week for agriculture committees in the North Dakota Legislative Assembly. The House Agriculture Committee reviewed a bill regarding the definition of location for animal feeding operations. It was amended to add an emergency clause to the bill and the legislation was moved with a do pass recommendation. Also taken into consideration was legislation relating to a pasteurized milk ordinance (SB 2049) and SB 2050 regarding the federal meat inspection revision. Another bill (SB 2053) entailed required uses of the agricultural products utilization fund. All three pieces of legislation received a do pass recommendation. The Senate Ag Committee considered a bill (HB 1145) that would redefine soybean districts in the state and the terms of office for members. This bill was passed with a do pass recommendation, along with HB 1197 relating to licensing, labeling and inspection fees for specialist fertilizers.
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