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A02700 Summary:

BILL NO    A02700 

SAME AS    SAME AS S02149

SPONSOR    Magee (MS)

COSPNSR    Russell, Barrett, Brindisi, Galef, Braunstein, Clark, Lupardo,
           Stirpe, Santabarbara, Otis, Lifton, Rosenthal, Colton

MLTSPNSR   Lopez P, Millman, Mosley, Skartados

Amd S202, Eld L; amd S16, Ag & Mkts L

Establishes a farm-to-senior program to facilitate and promote the purchase of
New York farm products by senior centers and other institutions for the aging.
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A02700 Actions:

BILL NO    A02700 

01/17/2013 referred to agriculture
05/07/2013 reported referred to ways and means
05/13/2013 reported 
05/16/2013 advanced to third reading cal.348
05/29/2013 substituted by s2149
           S02149  AMEND=  VALESKY
           01/14/2013 REFERRED TO AGING
           02/12/2013 REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
           04/23/2013 1ST REPORT CAL.413
           04/24/2013 2ND REPORT CAL.
           04/29/2013 ADVANCED TO THIRD READING 
           05/07/2013 PASSED SENATE
           05/07/2013 DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
           05/07/2013 referred to ways and means
           05/29/2013 substituted for a2700
           05/29/2013 ordered to third reading cal.348
           05/29/2013 passed assembly
           05/29/2013 returned to senate
           12/06/2013 DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
           12/18/2013 VETOED MEMO.277
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A02700 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A02700 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A2700

TITLE  OF BILL:  An act to amend the elder law and the agriculture and
markets law, in relation to establishing a farm-to-senior program

PURPOSE OF BILL:  To facilitate and promote the purchase of  New  York
State  farm products by senior centers, and other institutions for the
aging, under the jurisdiction of the New York  State  Office  for  the
Aging.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section  1  of  bill  adds  a new subdivision 15 to section 202 of the
elder law to require the director of  the  office  for  the  aging  to
establish  a  farm-to-senior  program  to  facilitate  and promote the
purchase of farm products by senior centers and other institutions for
the aging under the jurisdiction of the office. The office  will  make
information  about  New  York farm products available to farmers, farm
organizations,  and  institutions  for   the   aging   interested   in
establishing farm-to senior programs.

A  new  subdivision  16  of  the  Ag  &  Markets Law would require the
establishment of a farm-to-senior program where the  Department  would
gather  information  from  the  Office  for the Aging regarding senior
centers and other aging institutions interested in purchasing NY  farm
products.   This  information  would  be  made  readily  available  to
interested NY farmers, farm organizations and businesses  that  market
NY  farm  products.  The  Department  would provide information to the
Office for the Aging  and  interested  aging  institutions  about  the
availability  of  NY farm products. The Commissioner would also report
to the  Legislature  on  the  opportunities  for  changes  in  law  to
facilitate the purchases of such products by senior centers, and other
institutions for the aging.

Additionally,  the  Office  for  the  Aging and the Department of Ag &
Markets would coordinate to establish a promotional event to be  known
as  New  York  Golden Harvest: Seniors Week to promote NY agriculture,
and foods to seniors at senior centers, farms,  farmers'  markets  and
other aging institutions.

JUSTIFICATION:      With   the  success  of  the  2002  Farm-to-School
legislation and subsequent law, this legislation seeks to provide  the
same  access  for  seniors,  as  the  current  law  does  to students,
throughout  New  York  State.     Senior  centers  and   other   aging
institutions  under  the jurisdiction of the New York State Office for
the Aging are a huge potential market  for  New  York  farm  products,
however, it appears that only a small percentage of the food served in
these  senior  centers originates from local farms.  Increasing senior
centers' purchases of New York produced food would  help  improve  the
bottom line of New York farmers at a time when the loss of farmers and
farmland   continues   to   accelerate   because  of  low  profits  in
agriculture. It would also provide urban, suburban and  rural  seniors
improved access to fresh, local nutritious foods

Fortunately,  there is recognition at the federal level that fostering
farm-to-senior marketing is  important,  The  Senior  Farmers'  Market


Nutrition   Program   (SFMNP)  awards  grants  to  States  to  provide
low-income seniors with coupons that can  be  exchanged  for  eligible
foods  at  farmers'  markets, roadside stands, and community supported
agricultural programs. The majority of the grant funds must be used to
support  the  costs  of  the  foods that are provided under the SFMNP.
State agencies may use up to 10 percent of  their  grants  to  support
administrative costs for the program. Additionally, in New York State,
there  are laws that allow for bidding exemptions making it easier for
schools to buy direct from local farms.

To build upon the efforts of the successful farm-to-school state  law,
seniors  and  farmers  need  the  assistance  of  the  relevant  State
agencies, (the Department of Agriculture and  Markets  and  the  State
Office  for  the  Aging).  This  bill  would  create such a program to
facilitate a working relationship for the purchase  and  promotion  of
farmers'  products  with  local senior centers and aging institutions.
For example, a website could  be  created  where  senior  center  food
service directors and marketers of New York farm products could easily
identify  sellers,  buyers  and  available  products.  New  York State
government should make every possible effort to maximize  the  use  of
government  funding  for  senior meals to purchase nutritious, locally
produced foods to benefit the health of seniors and our local  economy
and  allow  Upstate and Downstate, city and rural residents to support
each other.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.10308/S.7452 of 2012

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:  Existing federal and State funds would be used.

EFFECTIVE DATE:  120 days after it  becomes  law,  provided,  however,
that  the Director of the Office for the Aging and the Commissioner of
Agriculture and Markets are authorized to promulgate any and all rules
and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this  act  on
its effective date on or before such date.
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A02700 Text:

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

                                         2700

                              2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                   January 17, 2013
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by M. of A. MAGEE, RUSSELL, BARRETT, BRINDISI, GALEF, BRAUN-
         STEIN, CLARK, LUPARDO -- read once and referred to  the  Committee  on
         Agriculture

       AN  ACT  to  amend the elder law and the agriculture and markets law, in
         relation to establishing a farm-to-senior program

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

    1    Section  1.  Paragraph  (b)  of  subdivision  14 and subdivision 15 of
    2  section 202 of the elder law, paragraph (b) of subdivision 14 as amended
    3  and subdivision 15 as added by chapter 263 of  the  laws  of  2011,  are
    4  amended and a new subdivision 16 is added to read as follows:
    5    (b) make recommendations, in consultation with the division of housing
    6  and  community  renewal,  to  the governor and legislature for assisting
    7  mixed-use age-integrated housing  development  or  redevelopment  demon-
    8  stration  projects in urban, suburban and rural areas of the state.  The
    9  director of the office for the aging and secretary of state shall estab-
   10  lish an advisory  committee  for  purposes  of  this  subdivision.  Such
   11  committee  shall  include, but not be limited to, top representatives of
   12  local  government,  senior  citizen  organizations,  developers,  senior
   13  service providers and planners; [and]
   14    15.  to  periodically,  in  consultation  with  the  state director of
   15  [veteran's] VETERANS' affairs,  review  the  programs  operated  by  the
   16  office  to ensure that the needs of the state's aging veteran population
   17  are being met and to develop  improvements  to  programs  to  meet  such
   18  needs[.]; AND
   19    16.  (A)  IN  COOPERATION  WITH  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF AGRICULTURE AND
   20  MARKETS, TO ESTABLISH A FARM-TO-SENIOR PROGRAM TO FACILITATE AND PROMOTE
   21  THE PURCHASE OF NEW YORK FARM  PRODUCTS  BY  SENIOR  CENTERS  AND  OTHER
   22  INSTITUTIONS  FOR  THE  AGING  UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE OFFICE. THE
   23  OFFICE SHALL MAKE INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO FARMERS, FARM  ORGANIZATIONS,

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD04818-01-3
       A. 2700                             2

    1  AND INSTITUTIONS FOR THE AGING INTERESTED IN ESTABLISHING FARM-TO-SENIOR
    2  PROGRAMS.
    3    (B)  IN  COOPERATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS,
    4  TO ESTABLISH A PROMOTIONAL EVENT, TO BE KNOWN AS THE  "NEW  YORK  GOLDEN
    5  HARVEST:  SENIORS  WEEK",  TO  PROMOTE NEW YORK AGRICULTURE AND FOODS TO
    6  SENIORS AT SENIOR CENTERS, FARMS, FARMERS' MARKETS AND  OTHER  LOCATIONS
    7  IN  THE  COMMUNITY.  SUCH  POWERS  AND  DUTIES SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE
    8  LIMITED TO, COMPILING INFORMATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE  AND
    9  MARKETS  FROM  SENIOR CENTERS AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS FOR THE AGING UNDER
   10  THE JURISDICTION OF THE OFFICE INTERESTED IN PURCHASING  NEW  YORK  FARM
   11  PRODUCTS  AND  DISSEMINATING  TO  THOSE  SENIOR CENTERS AND OTHER INSTI-
   12  TUTIONS FOR THE AGING INFORMATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND
   13  MARKETS ABOUT THE AVAILABILITY OF NEW YORK FARM  PRODUCTS,  AND  CONTACT
   14  INFORMATION  FOR  FARMERS  AND OTHER BUSINESSES MARKETING SUCH PRODUCTS.
   15  THE DIRECTOR SHALL REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE ON THE NEED FOR CHANGES  IN
   16  LAW  TO  FACILITATE THE PURCHASES OF SUCH PRODUCTS BY SENIOR CENTERS AND
   17  OTHER INSTITUTIONS FOR THE AGING.
   18    S 2. Section 16 of the agriculture  and  markets  law  is  amended  by
   19  adding a new subdivision 5-c to read as follows:
   20    5-C. (A) ESTABLISH, IN COOPERATION WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE FOR
   21  THE  AGING,  A  FARM-TO-SENIOR  PROGRAM  TO  FACILITATE  AND PROMOTE THE
   22  PURCHASE OF NEW YORK FARM PRODUCTS BY SENIOR CENTERS  AND  OTHER  INSTI-
   23  TUTIONS  FOR  THE  AGING  UNDER  THE  JURISDICTION OF THE OFFICE FOR THE
   24  AGING. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL SOLICIT INFORMATION FROM THE OFFICE FOR  THE
   25  AGING  REGARDING  SENIOR  CENTERS  AND  OTHER INSTITUTIONS FOR THE AGING
   26  INTERESTED IN PURCHASING NEW  YORK  FARM  PRODUCTS,  INCLUDING  BUT  NOT
   27  LIMITED  TO, THE TYPE AND AMOUNT OF SUCH PRODUCTS SENIOR CENTERS WISH TO
   28  PURCHASE AND THE NAME OF THE APPROPRIATE CONTACT PERSON FROM THE  INTER-
   29  ESTED  SENIOR CENTER. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL MAKE THIS INFORMATION READILY
   30  AVAILABLE TO INTERESTED NEW YORK FARMERS, FARM ORGANIZATIONS  AND  BUSI-
   31  NESSES  THAT MARKET NEW YORK FARM PRODUCTS. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PROVIDE
   32  INFORMATION TO THE OFFICE FOR THE AGING AND  INTERESTED  SENIOR  CENTERS
   33  AND  OTHER  INSTITUTIONS  FOR  THE  AGING  UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE
   34  OFFICE FOR THE AGING ABOUT THE AVAILABILITY OF NEW YORK  FARM  PRODUCTS,
   35  INCLUDING  BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE TYPES AND AMOUNT OF PRODUCTS, AND THE
   36  NAMES AND CONTACT INFORMATION OF FARMERS, FARM ORGANIZATIONS  AND  BUSI-
   37  NESSES  MARKETING  SUCH  PRODUCTS.  THE COMMISSIONER SHALL REPORT TO THE
   38  LEGISLATURE ON THE NEED FOR CHANGES IN LAW TO FACILITATE  THE  PURCHASES
   39  OF  SUCH PRODUCTS BY SENIOR CENTERS AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS FOR THE AGING
   40  UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE OFFICE FOR THE AGING.
   41    (B) COORDINATE WITH THE OFFICE FOR THE AGING IN ESTABLISHING A  PROMO-
   42  TIONAL EVENT, TO BE KNOWN AS "NEW YORK GOLDEN HARVEST: SENIORS WEEK", TO
   43  PROMOTE  NEW  YORK  AGRICULTURE  AND FOODS TO SENIORS AT SENIOR CENTERS,
   44  FARMS, FARMERS' MARKETS AND OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE COMMUNITY.
   45    S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
   46  it shall have become a law, provided, however, that effective immediate-
   47  ly, the director of the office for the aging  and  the  commissioner  of
   48  agriculture  and  markets are authorized to promulgate any and all rules
   49  and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this act on  or
   50  before such effective date.
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