This omnibus agriculture bill increases the size of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health from five-to-seven members and changes the makeup of the board An amendment by Aitkin Senator Dale Lueck asked for more time to evaluate these changes. “Let’s slow down, think this through and gather more input. We can get this done without making any rash decisions here.” The bill calls for the addition of a tribal member on the board. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Sundeen spoke in favor of that language because of proposals to expand the elk herd on tribal land. “I’d like to have them involved in the decision making so the introduction of elk is done properly and keep CWD out of the deer herd statewide.” Lueck’s amendment was defeated.
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