senate Bill S4521

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes the small farm disaster recovery grant program

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S4521 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7038
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง325-b, Ag & Mkts L

S4521 - Bill Texts

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Establishes the small farm disaster recovery grant program; provides grants for the purchase and replanting of crops destroyed by natural disaster.

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BILL NUMBER:S4521

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to establishing a small farm disaster recovery grant program

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS::

Section 1 amends the agriculture and markets law by adding a new
section 325b, establishing the "Small Farm Disaster Recovery Grant
Program," and defines a small farm to include only those that sell
produce and have annual sales of one hundred thousand dollars or.
less. The owner of any small farm may submit an application for a
grant, the amount of which is to be determined by the Commissioner of
Agriculture and Markets up to $10,000, awarded solely for the purpose
of purchasing and replanting crops that have been destroyed by a
natural disaster.

This Program shall be funded through annual appropriations of the
Legislature or any other funds received by the state. Grants from the
program shall only be awarded based upon the availability of funds.

Section 2 establishes an effective date of 180 days after becoming
law.

JUSTIFICATION:: After a 70-year drop in numbers, small farms are
beginning to make a comeback. For decades, the number of farmers has
been shrinking as a share of the population, but the last Agricultural
Census in 2007 showed a 4 percent increase in the number of farms. It
is the first increase since 1920, and in many cases, young people and
college graduates are joining in the return to the land. Behind this
trend, to a large degree, is the appeal of locally grown and specialty
produce, filling a niche that larger farms geared to national and
international markets have left open for exploitation.

But while there has been an increase in promoting locally grown food,
New York's small farmers still struggle to get a foothold in this
promising new market.Regardless of size, all farmers are vulnerable to
the forces of nature, whether they are excessive heat and drought,
flooding, or. infestation,. For small, newly established farms, one
such natural disaster. can mean the difference between failure and
survival.

The small farm disaster recovery grant program will help cover the
costs of replanting crops following a natural disaster or. pestilence.
The grant can be up to $10,000 and help cover the cost seed or other
expenses to replanting.

EXISTING LAW:: None.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:: $5 million.

EFFECTIVE DATE:: 180 days after becoming law.


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

                                  4521

                       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
OR LESS.
  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
OF FUNDS.
  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.
                                                           LBD10000-03-3

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