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SECTION 286
Appropriation and apportionment of moneys for the promotion of agriculture and domestic arts
Agriculture & Markets (AGM) CHAPTER 69, ARTICLE 24
§ 286. Appropriation and apportionment of moneys for the promotion of
agriculture and domestic arts. 1. There shall be appropriated annually
for the department of agriculture and markets an amount of money
sufficient to pay and satisfy the reimbursement moneys herein specified
and which money shall be disbursed by the commissioner on behalf of the
state for the promotion of agriculture and domestic arts, to duly
incorporated agricultural or horticultural corporations as defined in
section fourteen hundred nine of the not-for-profit corporation law, the
county extension service association in the county of Orange, the
American institute in the city of New York, the Goshen Historic Track,
Inc., the Genesee Valley Breeders' Association, Inc. and county
extension service associations in proportion to the actual premiums paid
during the previous year including premiums paid for trials or tests of
speed and endurance of harness horses.

2. Eligibility. (a) To qualify for premium reimbursement under this
section, agricultural and horticultural corporations, the county
extension service association in the county of Orange, the American
institute in the city of New York, the Goshen Historic Track, Inc. and
the Genesee Valley Breeders' Association, Inc. must have held, with the
approval of the commissioner, an annual fair or exposition for the
promotion of agriculture and domestic arts during the previous calendar
year, paid at least five thousand dollars in actual premiums and filed
an annual report as required in paragraph (c) of this subdivision.

(b) To qualify for premium reimbursement under this section a county
extension service association must have held, with the approval of the
commissioner, a fair or exposition for the promotion of agriculture and
domestic arts during the previous calendar year open to all youths in
that county up to age twenty-one. Except for the county extension
service association in the county of Orange, a county extension service
association may not receive reimbursement for a fair or exposition in a
county where an agricultural or horticultural corporation or the
American institute in the city of New York has held such a fair or
exposition during the past two years. A county extension service
association must have paid at least five hundred dollars in actual
premiums and filed an annual report as required in paragraph (c) of this
subdivision.

(c) All organizations eligible to receive moneys appropriated by the
state pursuant to this section shall file with the Department an annual
report on or before the fifteenth day of December. The report shall list
all premiums awarded during the calendar year and the exhibits for which
the premiums were awarded.

3. Reimbursement amounts. (a) Each organization eligible for premium
reimbursement pursuant to paragraph (a) of subdivision two of this
section shall receive seven thousand two hundred dollars or the amount
actually paid out in premiums, whichever is less. Each organization that
has paid out more than seven thousand two hundred dollars shall also be
eligible to receive an additional reimbursement equal to the premiums
paid in its youth department, not to exceed one thousand five hundred
dollars.

(b) Each eligible cooperative extension association shall receive five
thousand dollars or the amount actually paid out in premiums, whichever
is less.

(c) After reimbursements have been allocated pursuant to paragraphs
(a) and (b) of this subdivision, the remaining appropriation, if any,
shall be distributed in equal shares to the agricultural or
horticultural corporations, the county extension service association in
the county of Orange, the American institute in the city of New York,
the Goshen Historic Track, Inc. and the Genesee Valley Breeders'
Association, Inc. if they have not been fully reimbursed as a result of
the allocations set forth above. The American institute in the city of
New York, if eligible, shall receive two shares of the pro-rated amount.

(d) In no event shall any agricultural or horticultural corporation,
the county extension service association in the county of Orange, the
American institute in the city of New York, the Goshen Historic Track,
Inc. or the Genesee Valley Breeders' Association, Inc. receive more than
the amount actually paid out in premiums or twelve thousand dollars,
whichever is less.

4. Any organization that shall fail or neglect to hold an annual fair
or exposition and file its annual report for two consecutive years,
shall forfeit any privileges or money to which it may otherwise be
entitled pursuant to the provisions of this article. In computing such
period of two consecutive years, no year shall be counted in which such
failure was deemed by the commissioner to be attributable to a cause or
condition with respect to which the organization or its directors or
officers had no control, or for any other reason which the commissioner
deems justified.

5. For the purposes of this article, Rockland County Future, Inc.
shall be eligible for premium reimbursement, as provided in paragraph
(a) of subdivision three of this section so long as such organization
has held, with the approval of the commissioner, an annual fair or
exposition for the promotion of agriculture and domestic arts in
conjunction with a county extension service association during the
previous calendar year; paid at least five thousand dollars in actual
premiums; and filed an annual report as required in paragraph (c) of
subdivision two of this section.