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A00191 Summary:

COSPNSROrtiz, Montesano, Crouch, Skoufis, Blankenbush, Cook, Hooper, Palmesano
MLTSPNSRBarclay, Blake, Glick
Add 325-b, Ag & Mkts L
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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A00191 Actions:

01/04/2017referred to agriculture
01/03/2018referred to agriculture
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A00191 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     January 4, 2017
          BLANKENBUSH, COOK, HOOPER, PALMESANO -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.
          BARCLAY, BLAKE, GLICK, LOPEZ, LUPINACCI, McLAUGHLIN -- read  once  and
          referred 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:
     1    Section  1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new
     2  section 325-b to read as follows:
     3    § 325-b. Small farm disaster recovery grant program. 1. There is here-
     4  by established a small farm disaster recovery grant program to be admin-
     5  istered by the department, in conjunction with the empire state develop-
     6  ment corporation.
     7    2. The purpose of the program is to provide financial relief to  small
     8  farms that have been affected by natural disasters.
     9    3.  For  purposes of this section, small farm shall only include farms
    10  that sell produce and have annual sales of one hundred thousand  dollars
    11  or less.
    12    4.  The  owner of any small farm may submit an application for a grant
    13  pursuant to this section to the department. Grants awarded  pursuant  to
    14  this  section  shall  be  used  solely for the purpose of purchasing and
    15  replanting crops that have been destroyed by a natural disaster.
    16    5. The commissioner, upon review  of  an  owner's  application,  shall
    17  determine if the owner is eligible for a grant pursuant to this section.
    18  The  commissioner shall make the determination as to the amount of grant
    19  the small farm owner needs to rebuild his or  her  crop,  provided  that
    20  such amount shall in no event exceed ten thousand dollars.
    21    6.  This  program shall be funded through annual appropriations of the
    22  legislature or any other funds received by the state for the purposes of
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  this section. Grants shall only be awarded based upon  the  availability
     2  of funds.
     3    §  2. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding
     4  the date on which it shall have become a law;  provided,  however,  that
     5  effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule
     6  or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effec-
     7  tive date is authorized and directed to be made on or before such effec-
     8  tive date.
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