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Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force

Also known as:
Organic Task Force
Active dates:2003 -

To advise the Commissioner of Agriculture on policies and practices to improve organic agriculture in Minnesota.

By November 15 of each year that ends in a zero or a five, the commissioner, in conjunction with the Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force, shall report on the status of organic agriculture in Minnesota to the legislative policy and finance committees and divisions with jurisdiction over agriculture. The report must include available data on organic acreage and production, available data on the sales or market performance of organic products, and recommendations regarding programs, policies, and research efforts that will benefit Minnesota's organic agriculture sector. The task force must meet at least twice each year. 


The Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force was reviewed by the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy (LCPFP) in 2013 as part of their biennial duty required by Minn. Stat. 3.885 Subd. 11. The LCPFP's 2013 Recommendations called for keeping the task force. That year, the legislature also extended the Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force through fiscal year 2016.

2016 Minn. Laws Chap. 184 Sec. 6 extended the Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force by three years through June 30, 2019.  2019 Minn. Laws Chapter 38 Sec. 16 extends the Task Force through June 30, 2024.


The task force must consist of the following residents of the state: three organic farmers; one wholesaler or distributor of organic products; one representative of organic certification agencies; two organic processors; one representative from University of Minnesota Extension; one University of Minnesota faculty member; one representative from a nonprofit organization representing producers; two public members; one representative from the United States Department of Agriculture; one retailer of organic products; and one organic consumer representative.

The commissioner, in consultation with the director of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station; the dean and director of University of Minnesota Extension and the dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, shall appoint members to serve three-year terms.

Entries for this agency in the Annual Compilation and Statistical Report of Multi-Member Agencies Report: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001.

Note: This report provides membership details as well as meeting information and a summary of the group's activities.

Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 2008-2019.
Record last updated: 05/18/2019

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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