S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
April 8, 2013
Introduced by Sen. TKACZYK -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture
AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to estab-
lishing a small farm disaster recovery grant program
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new
section 325-b to read as follows:
S 325-B. SMALL FARM DISASTER RECOVERY GRANT PROGRAM. 1. THERE IS HERE-
BY ESTABLISHED A SMALL FARM DISASTER RECOVERY GRANT PROGRAM.
2. THE PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM IS TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL RELIEF TO SMALL
FARMS THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY NATURAL DISASTERS.
3. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, SMALL FARM SHALL ONLY INCLUDE FARMS
THAT SELL PRODUCE AND HAVE ANNUAL SALES OF ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS
4. THE OWNER OF ANY SMALL FARM MAY SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR A GRANT
PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION TO THE DEPARTMENT. GRANTS AWARDED PURSUANT TO
THIS SECTION SHALL BE USED SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF PURCHASING AND
REPLANTING CROPS THAT HAVE BEEN DESTROYED BY A NATURAL DISASTER.
5. THE COMMISSIONER, UPON REVIEW OF AN OWNER'S APPLICATION, SHALL
DETERMINE IF THE OWNER IS ELIGIBLE FOR A GRANT PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.
THE COMMISSIONER SHALL MAKE THE DETERMINATION AS TO THE AMOUNT OF GRANT
THE SMALL FARM OWNER NEEDS TO REBUILD HIS OR HER CROP, PROVIDED THAT
SUCH AMOUNT SHALL IN NO EVENT EXCEED TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS.
6. THIS PROGRAM SHALL BE FUNDED THROUGH ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS OF THE
LEGISLATURE OR ANY OTHER FUNDS RECEIVED BY THE STATE FOR THE PURPOSES OF
THIS SECTION. GRANTS SHALL ONLY BE AWARDED BASED UPON THE AVAILABILITY
S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the commissioner of
agriculture and markets may implement any rule or regulation and create
the required application, which are necessary for the timely implementa-
tion of this act on its effective date.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.