senate Bill S9169

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Directs the commissioner of agriculture and markets to reform certain grant programs to promote opportunities for multi-generational farming families and for beginning farmers

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Agriculture Committee


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May 12, 2022 referred to agriculture

S9169 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Agriculture
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§323-a & 323-b, Ag & Mkts L

S9169 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Directs the commissioner of agriculture and markets to reform certain grant programs to promote opportunities for multi-generational farming families and for beginning farmers.

S9169 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S9169 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   9169
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                               May 12, 2022
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sen. BRISPORT -- 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  the
   directing  the  commissioner  of  agriculture  and  markets  to reform
   certain grant programs to promote opportunities for multi-generational
   farming families and for beginning farmers

   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature declares:
   a.  New York faces pressing needs to preserve and protect agricultural
 working lands, while also helping at-risk farmers maintain their liveli-
 hood.
   b. New York dairy farmers  face  an  uncertain  future.  According  to
 statistics  from  the United States Department of Agriculture's National
 Agricultural Statistics Service ("USDANASS"), two-thirds of  New  York's
 dairy  farms  have shut down since 1987, even as other forms of agricul-
 ture have grown. In 1987, New York was home to 13,840  dairy  farms.  In
 2012,  that  number  had dropped down to 5,427. The most recent New York
 State Department of Agriculture and Markets  data  from  2019  indicates
 that  New  York is now home to just 3,843 dairy farms. This represents a
 loss of 9,997 dairy farms over the past 32 years.
   c. The decline in small and mid-sized dairy farms is not unique to New
 York. Across the country, industry consolidation has changed dairy farm-
 ing. Nationally, since 1987, the median dairy herd  size  has  increased
 from 80 cows to 1,300 cows.
   d.  The threat posed by industry consolidation has been clear for more
 than a decade.  According to a March 2010 report from the New York State
 Office of the State Comptroller, the dairy industry has been in "crisis"
 because the "decline of small  family  farms  in  the  state  negatively
 impacts  the  local economies in which these farms are located, and also
 changes the rural character and quantity of open space  in  upstate  New
 York".
   e.  Current New York state policy deepens consolidation and inequality
 among dairy  farmers.  The  Dairy  Farmland  Protection  Initiative  has
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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