senate Bill S6883

Establishes a young farmers NY fund to support young farmers and encourage farming as a career

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  • 25 / Mar / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS

Summary

Establishes a young farmers NY fund to support young farmers and encourage farming as a career.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9291
Versions:
S6883
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Corporations, Authorities And Commissions
Law Section:
New York State Urban Development Corporation Act
Laws Affected:
Add ยง16-w, UDC Act

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BILL NUMBER:S6883

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the urban development corporation act,
in relation to a young farmers NY fund

PURPOSE: To amend the urban development corporation act, in relation
to a Young Farmers NY fund.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 identifies the Young Farmers NY fund.

Section two provides for the effective date.

EXISTING LAW: While similar competitive grant programs exist in New
York law, there is no existing state program to provide competitive
grants to young farmers.

JUSTIFICATION: While agriculture is considered to be a major New York
industry, state economic development financing programs do not treat
agriculture as an individual sector, and financing is not available to
provide farmers with assistance to be more competitive in national and
international markets.

New York's farm community is aging and it has become increasingly
difficult to attract young people to farming and to encourage younger
generations to consider fanning as a 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 the Young
Farmers NY fund, New York can take one small step at helping that
recruitment effort.

Farming is a difficult business and there are many barriers to younger
farmers who might consider entering the profession. Yet the
agricultural industry has a substantial impact on the overall economic
health and wellbeing of the state. It is in the best interest of the
state to ensure that enough producers are recruited and retained in
the agricultural field. 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: Undetermined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: One hundred and eighty days after it shall have
become a law; provided, however, that any rules or regulations
necessary for the timely implementation of this act on its effective
date, shall be promulgated on or before such effective date.

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

                                  6883

                            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 Corporations, Authorities and Commissions

AN  ACT to amend the urban development corporation act, in relation to a
  young farmers NY fund

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

  Section  1. Section 1 of chapter 174 of the laws of 1968, constituting
the New York state urban development  corporation  act,  is  amended  by
adding a new section 16-w to read as follows:
  S  16-W. YOUNG FARMERS NY FUND. 1. THE YOUNG FARMERS NY FUND IS HEREBY
CREATED. THE PURPOSE OF THE YOUNG FARMERS NY FUND IS TO MAKE  GRANTS  TO
ELIGIBLE  APPLICANTS,  WITHIN AVAILABLE APPROPRIATIONS, TO SUPPORT YOUNG
FARMERS AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO CONSIDER FARMING AS A CAREER, RESULTING IN
THE GROWTH OF AGRIBUSINESS WITHIN THE STATE AND THE CONCOMITANT CREATION
OF JOBS AND TAX REVENUES FOR THE STATE.
  2. THE CORPORATION SHALL CONSULT WITH THE  DEPARTMENT  OF  AGRICULTURE
AND  MARKETS  IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH SUCH CRITERIA GOVERNING THE AWARD OF
GRANTS AS AUTHORIZED HEREIN, AS THE CORPORATION AND SUCH DEPARTMENT DEEM
NECESSARY. SUCH CRITERIA SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO:
  (I) FARMERS WHO HAVE NOT PRODUCED AN "AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT" AS DEFINED
IN THE AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS LAW, FOR MORE THAN TEN CONSECUTIVE YEARS,
AND WHO WILL MATERIALLY AND SUBSTANTIALLY PARTICIPATE IN THE  PRODUCTION
OF AN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT WITHIN THE STATE.
  (II)   FARMERS  WHO  DEMONSTRATE  INNOVATIVE  AGRICULTURAL  TECHNIQUES
INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ORGANIC FARMING AND SPECIALTY CROPS.
  (III) THE ANTICIPATED NUMBER  OF  AGRICULTURAL  JOBS  WHICH  WOULD  BE
CREATED OR RETAINED.
  (IV) FARMS OF ONE HUNDRED FIFTY ACRES OR LESS.
  3. THE CORPORATION SHALL ESTABLISH A COMPETITIVE PROCESS FOR THE EVAL-
UATION  OF  APPLICANTS FOR THE YOUNG FARMER NY FUND. WHEN AWARDING FUNDS
PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, THE CORPORATION SHALL ENSURE  THAT  APPLICANTS

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13720-03-4

S. 6883                             2

MEET  THE CRITERIA AND REQUIREMENTS DETERMINED BY THE CORPORATION PURSU-
ANT TO THIS SECTION. THE CORPORATION  SHALL  DISTRIBUTE  FUNDS  PROMPTLY
PURSUANT TO A DISBURSEMENT PROCESS AGREED TO BETWEEN THE CORPORATION AND
APPLICANT.
  4.  THE  YOUNG FARMER NY FUND SHALL NOT INVEST AN AMOUNT IN ANY SINGLE
BENEFICIARY  THAT  EXCEEDS  FIFTY  THOUSAND  DOLLARS,  SUBJECT  TO   ANY
EXCEPTIONS  TO  BE  ESTABLISHED  BY  RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE CORPO-
RATION.
  5. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF LAW TO THE  CONTRARY,  THE  CORPO-
RATION  MAY  ESTABLISH  A PROGRAM FUND FOR PROGRAM USE AND PAY INTO SUCH
FUND ANY ELIGIBLE FUNDS AVAILABLE TO THE CORPORATION  FROM  ANY  SOURCE,
INCLUDING MONEYS APPROPRIATED BY THE STATE.
  6.  THE CORPORATION SHALL SUBMIT A REPORT ANNUALLY ON DECEMBER THIRTY-
FIRST TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE BUDGET,  THE  TEMPORARY  PRESIDENT  OF  THE
SENATE,  THE  SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE
AND THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE ASSEMBLY DETAILING (A) THE  TOTAL  AMOUNT
OF  FUNDS COMMITTED TO EACH APPLICANT THAT RECEIVES FUNDS AND THE AMOUNT
OF SUCH FUNDS THAT HAS BEEN INVESTED BY EACH  SUCH  APPLICANT;  (B)  THE
AMOUNT OF YOUNG FARMERS NY AND PRIVATE FUNDS INVESTED IN EACH APPLICANT;
(C)  THE LOCATION OF EACH APPLICANT; (D) THE NUMBER OF JOBS PROJECTED TO
BE CREATED OR RETAINED; AND (E) SUCH OTHER  INFORMATION  AS  THE  CORPO-
RATION DEEMS NECESSARY.
  7.  THE CORPORATION IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO PROMULGATE RULES AND REGU-
LATIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STATE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE ACT AS ARE
NECESSARY TO FULFILL  THE  PURPOSES  OF  THIS  SECTION,  INCLUDING  WITH
RESPECT  TO  REASONABLE  MANAGEMENT  FEES, PROMOTES, SHARE OF RETURN AND
OTHER FEES AND CHARGES OF APPLICANTS THAT RECEIVE FUNDS, AND TO  PROVIDE
FOR  THE REPAYMENT OF FUNDS RECEIVED BY THE BENEFICIARY IF THE BENEFICI-
ARY LEAVES NEW YORK STATE WITHIN A PERIOD OF TIME TO BE  ESTABLISHED  BY
THE CORPORATION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it  shall  have become a law; provided, however, that any rules or regu-
lations necessary for the timely  implementation  of  this  act  on  its
effective date, may be promulgated on or before such effective date.

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