senate Bill S6880A

Relates to the beginning farmer revolving loan fund program

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  • 25 / Mar / 2014
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO AGRICULTURE
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 6880A
  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1623
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A9288A

Summary

Relates to the beginning farmer revolving loan program.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9288A
Versions:
S6880
S6880A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §328, add §330-a, Ag & Mkts L

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BILL NUMBER:S6880A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to the beginning farmer revolving loan fund program

PURPOSE: To establish a beginning farmer revolving loan fund program
within the Agriculture and Markets Law.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one amends Section 328 of the Agriculture and Markets Law to
define the term "beginning farmer".

Section two adds a new Subdivision 330-a to the Agriculture and
Markets law to create the beginning farmer revolving loan fund
program.

Section three provides for the effective date.

EXISTING LAW: Article 25-AAAA of the Agriculture and Markets law was
enacted to promote the agriculture industry in New York, an industry
which has a substantial impact on the overall economic health and
well-being of our state.

State farms preserve approximately 7.7 million acres of open space as
working landscapes, thus contributing to the overall quality of the
state's environment. Preserving farmland as a working agricultural
landscape provides open space benefits for all residents of the state,
and maintains the land as a natural habitat for animals.

Additionally, properly managed farmland has been demonstrated to be
the best environmental usage of land for watershed protection. For
these reasons, it is in the best interest of the state to promote
agricultural uses of the state's lands.

While numerous other revolving loan programs exist under New York law,
a revolving loan program for beginning farmers does not currently
exist.

JUSTIFICATION: New York state law provides revolving loan programs
for many other groups, to incentivize residents of the state to take
up a certain profession. Taking steps to recruit young, new, and
beginning farmers to the agricultural profession is certainly one area
in need of incentives such as a revolving loan fund program.

Agriculture is the leading industry in New York yet, New York's farm
community is aging and it has become increasingly difficult to attract
young people to farming and to encourage them to consider a farming
career. The average age of farm operators in New York is 59, and is
expected to continue to increase unless steps are taken to reverse
this trend. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has set a goal of
recruiting 100,000 new farmers across the country to replace those who
are retiring. By enacting a revolving loan fund program for beginning
farmers, New York can take one small step at helping that recruitment
effort.


Farming is a difficult business and there are many barriers to
beginning farmers who might otherwise consider entering the
profession. The agricultural industry has a substantial impact on the
overall economic health and wellbeing of the state, and it is in the
best interest of the state to ensure that enough producers are
recruited and retained in agricultural production. Additionally, the
recent increase in demand for quality fresh locally grown foods and
beverages highlight the importance of assisting new farmers to enter
the profession.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This bill is subject to funds being appropriated
for the purposes of the program.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of April next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law. Provided,
however, that any rules and regulations necessary to implement the
provisions of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made
on or before such date.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 6880--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 25, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. RITCHIE, BALL, BONACIC, DeFRANCISCO, FARLEY, GALLI-
  VAN, GRIFFO, GRISANTI, LARKIN,  LAVALLE,  LIBOUS,  LITTLE,  MARCHIONE,
  MAZIARZ, NOZZOLIO, O'MARA, RANZENHOFER, ROBACH, SEWARD, VALESKY, YOUNG
  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to
  the  Committee  on  Agriculture -- committee discharged, bill amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets  law,  in  relation  to  the
  beginning farmer revolving loan fund program

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 328 of the agriculture and markets law  is  amended
by adding a new subdivision 5 to read as follows:
  5.  "BEGINNING  FARMER"  SHALL  MEAN  A FARMER WHO HAS NOT PRODUCED AN
"AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT" AS DEFINED IN THIS SECTION,  FOR  MORE  THAN  TEN
CONSECUTIVE YEARS, AND WHO WILL MATERIALLY AND SUBSTANTIALLY PARTICIPATE
IN  THE  PRODUCTION  OF  AN  AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT WITHIN A REGION OF THE
STATE.
  S 2. The agriculture and markets  law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
section 330-a to read as follows:
  S  330-A. BEGINNING FARMER REVOLVING LOAN PROGRAM. 1. THE COMMISSIONER
SHALL ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN A BEGINNING FARMER REVOLVING  LOAN  PROGRAM
TO  PROVIDE  LOW INTEREST LOANS TO BEGINNING FARMERS FOR THE PURPOSES OF
SUPPORTING BEGINNING FARMERS, ENCOURAGING THE GROWTH OF SMALL  AGRIBUSI-
NESS,  PRESERVING  FARMLAND  AS  A  WORKING  AGRICULTURAL LANDSCAPE, AND
PROVIDING OPEN SPACE BENEFITS FOR ALL RESIDENTS OF THE  STATE.  PROPERLY
MANAGED  FARMLAND  HAS  BEEN  DEMONSTRATED  TO BE THE BEST ENVIRONMENTAL
USAGE OF LAND FOR WATERSHED PROTECTION, SO IT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF
THE STATE TO MAINTAIN AGRICULTURAL LAND. SUCH PROGRAM  SHALL,  FROM  ANY
APPROPRIATION  MADE  AVAILABLE  FOR  THIS  PURPOSE, PROVIDE LOW INTEREST
LOANS TO BEGINNING FARMERS AS THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DEEM TO BE ELIGIBLE
PURSUANT TO RULE OR REGULATION.
  2. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROMULGATE RULES  AND  REGULATIONS  FOR  THE
PURPOSE OF CARRYING OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION, INCLUDING ESTAB-
LISHING:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13525-03-4

S. 6880--A                          2

  A.  AN  APPLICATION  PROCESS  WHEREBY  BEGINNING FARMERS MAY APPLY FOR
LOANS;
  B.  CRITERIA AND STANDARDS FOR DETERMINING A BEGINNING FARMER'S ELIGI-
BILITY FOR A LOAN;
  C. CRITERIA AND STANDARDS FOR DETERMINING THE PRIORITY TO  BE  GRANTED
AMONG BEGINNING FARMER APPLICANTS;
  D.  CRITERIA  AND  STANDARDS  FOR  DETERMINING THE AMOUNT OF FINANCIAL
ASSISTANCE TO BE PROVIDED TO A BEGINNING FARMER; AND
  E. CRITERIA AND STANDARDS TO BE USED IN DETERMINING THE LOAN REPAYMENT
PERIODS AND THE TERMS OF ANY REPAYMENT AGREEMENT.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of April next  succeeding
the  date  on  which it shall have become a law; provided, however, that
any rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of  this
act  on  its  effective date are authorized to be made on or before such
date.

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