A02952 Summary:

BILL NO    A02952 

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    Crouch (MS)

COSPNSR    Barclay, Finch, Giglio, Hawley, Kolb, Montesano, Oaks, Raia, DiPietro

MLTSPNSR   Ceretto, Friend, Tenney

Amd S605, add S671-a, Ed L

Enacts the "New York farmer recruitment and retention act of 2015"; directs the
board of regents and the education department to investigate and study
undergraduate agricultural programs with the goal of identifying programs which
encourage entry into agricultural production; establishes agriculture producer
scholarships for students who agree to be agriculture producers in the state
for a certain period of time after graduation; establishes the producer's loan
foregiveness program; directs the board of regents and the education department
to establish and implement an outreach program to encourage elementary and
secondary school students to enter the agricultural field; directs the
commissioner of agriculture and markets to report to the governor and the
legislature on reducing taxation on land used in agricultural production;
appropriates funds therefor.
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A02952 Actions:

BILL NO    A02952 

01/20/2015 referred to agriculture
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A02952 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A2952

TITLE OF BILL:  An act to enact the "New York farmer recruitment and
retention act of 2015"; to direct the board of regents and education
department to study agricultural education programs (Part A); to amend
the education law, in relation to enacting the "agriculture producer
scholarship act" and making appropriations therefor (Part B); to amend
the education law, in relation to establishing the producer's loan
forgiveness program (Part C); to direct the board of regents and the
education department to implement an outreach program to encourage
elementary and secondary students to enter the agricultural field
(Part D); and to direct the commissioner of agriculture and markets to
report on reducing the taxation for landowners who use their land for
agricultural production (Part E)

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To attract young people to the agricultural industry, specifically
into production, in New York state.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

This bill contains several provisions designed to attract and retain a
younger workforce in the agricultural field, principally into
agricultural production.

Part A directs the New York Board of Regents and the Department of
Education, in consultation with the Department of Agriculture and
Markets, to investigate current education programs for agriculture in
vocational-technical schools, community colleges and universities to
identify the scope of agriculture education programs in the state;
identify non-traditional agricultural education programs; develop
models for innovative agricultural education programs that will
encourage individuals to become producers; develop and implement an
outreach campaign encouraging elementary and secondary education
students to enter the agricultural field and attend one of New York
state's college agricultural education programs.

Part B creates an Agriculture Producers Scholarship program to
increase the number of students studying agriculture production in New
York State.

Part C creates a Producer's Loan Forgiveness to reduce the amount of
education loans for farm operators who fulfill an obligation to
operate a farm on a full-time basis for at least five years.

Part D creates an outreach campaign encouraging elementary and
secondary education students to enter the agricultural field and
attend one of New York state's college agriculture education programs.

Part E report on agriculture taxation.

JUSTIFICATION:

New York's farming community is aging and it has become increasingly
difficult to attract young people to farming and encourage younger
generations to take over the family farm. The average age of a farm


operator in the state is fifty-four and in 2004 less than 1,000
students were awarded degrees in agriculture by a college in New York
State and the majority of these degrees were not awarded in a
discipline leading to a career as a producer. The agriculture industry
has a substantial impact on the overall impact on the overall economic
health and well-being of the state and it is in the best interest of
the state to ensure that enough producers are recruited and retained
in agriculture production. The Assembly Republican Task Force of the
State of New York Agriculture talked to farmers all over the state,
including young farmers, to discover ways to increase interest in
agriculture and assist young farmers just starting out. This bill is
the culmination of those ideas.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately provided, however, that the
applicable effective date of Parts A through E of this act shall be as
specifically set forth in the last section of such Parts.
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A02952 Text:

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

                                         2952

                              2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                   January 20, 2015
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  M.  of  A. CROUCH, BARCLAY, FINCH, GIGLIO, HAWLEY, KOLB,
         MONTESANO, OAKS, RAIA -- Multi-Sponsored  by  --  M.  of  A.  CERETTO,
         TENNEY -- read once and referred to the Committee on Agriculture

       AN  ACT  to  enact the "New York farmer recruitment and retention act of
         2015"; to direct the board of  regents  and  education  department  to
         study agricultural education programs (Part A); to amend the education
         law,  in  relation  to  enacting the "agriculture producer scholarship
         act" and making appropriations therefor (Part B); to amend the  educa-
         tion  law, in relation to establishing the producer's loan forgiveness
         program (Part C); to direct the board of  regents  and  the  education
         department  to  implement  an outreach program to encourage elementary
         and secondary students to enter the agricultural field (Part  D);  and
         to  direct  the  commissioner  of agriculture and markets to report on
         reducing the taxation for landowners who use their land  for  agricul-
         tural production (Part E)

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

    1    Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
    2  the "New York farmer recruitment and retention act of 2015".
    3    S  2.  This  act enacts into law major components of legislation which
    4  are necessary to enact this chapter of the laws of 2015. Each  component
    5  is  wholly  contained within a Part identified as Parts A through E. The
    6  effective date for each particular provision contained within such  Part
    7  is  set  forth  in  the  last section of such Part. Any provision in any
    8  section contained within a Part, including the  effective  date  of  the
    9  Part,  which  makes  reference  to a section "of this act", when used in
   10  connection with that particular component, shall be deemed to  mean  and
   11  refer  to  the  corresponding  section of the Part in which it is found.
   12  Section four of this act sets forth the general effective date  of  this
   13  act.

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD06574-01-5
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    1                                   PART A

    2    Section  1.  Legislative  findings  and intent. The legislature hereby
    3  recognizes the need to increase the number of producers to continue  the
    4  long tradition of agricultural production in New York state. The average
    5  age of a farm operator in the state is fifty-four years of age. In 2004,
    6  less  than  1,000  students  were  awarded  degrees  in agriculture by a
    7  college in this state and the majority of these degrees were not awarded
    8  in a discipline leading to a career  as  a  producer.  The  agricultural
    9  industry  has  a  substantial  impact on the overall economic health and
   10  well-being of the state, and it is in the best interest of the state  to
   11  ensure  that enough producers are recruited and retained in agricultural
   12  production.
   13    S 2. The board of regents and the education department,  in  consulta-
   14  tion with the department of agriculture and markets, shall:
   15    (a)  Investigate  current  education programs for agriculture in voca-
   16  tional-technical schools, community colleges and universities, to  iden-
   17  tify the scope of agricultural education programs in the state;
   18    (b)  Identify  non-traditional college education programs administered
   19  in other states and other countries;
   20    (c) Develop a model for articulation and  career  mobility  to  enable
   21  producers  in  every agricultural production field to progress to owner-
   22  ship or management of land used in agricultural production,  as  defined
   23  in subdivision 4 of section 301 of the agriculture and markets law; and
   24    (d)  Develop models for innovative agriculture education programs that
   25  will encourage individuals to become producers,  utilizing  an  agricul-
   26  tural  mentoring  program  from  degree  award  to retirement, including
   27  continuing education opportunities.
   28    S 3. The board of regents and the education department  shall  present
   29  their final findings and recommendations to the legislature on or before
   30  January 1, 2017.
   31    S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

   32                                   PART B

   33    Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
   34  the "agriculture producer scholarship act".
   35    S 2. Section 605 of the education law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
   36  subdivision 13 to read as follows:
   37    13.  AGRICULTURE  PRODUCER  SCHOLARSHIPS. A. PURPOSE. THE COMMISSIONER
   38  SHALL AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE PURPOSE OF  INCREASING  THE  NUMBER  OF
   39  PRODUCERS  IN THE STATE. SUCH SCHOLARSHIPS SHALL BE AWARDED ON A COMPET-
   40  ITIVE BASIS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH CRITERIA ESTABLISHED BY THE  COMMISSION-
   41  ER,  TO  STATE RESIDENTS WHO DEMONSTRATE ACADEMIC MERIT FOR ADMISSION TO
   42  AN UNDERGRADUATE AGRICULTURE PROGRAM WHICH THE  COMMISSIONER  DETERMINES
   43  WILL ENHANCE THE RECIPIENT'S PROFICIENCY AS AN AGRICULTURAL OPERATOR.
   44    B.  ELIGIBILITY. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN AWARD PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVI-
   45  SION, APPLICANTS SHALL AGREE TO SERVE, UPON  COMPLETION  OF  THE  DEGREE
   46  PROGRAM,  AS  A  PRODUCER  ON  A FULL-TIME BASIS WITHIN THE STATE.  SUCH
   47  SERVICE SHALL BE COMPLETED IN ACCORDANCE WITH  CRITERIA  ESTABLISHED  BY
   48  THE COMMISSIONER.
   49    C.  AGREEMENTS.  THE PRESIDENT SHALL, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMIS-
   50  SIONER, DEVELOP AND SECURE FROM  EACH  SUCCESSFUL  APPLICANT  A  WRITTEN
   51  AGREEMENT  TO  SERVE  AS AN AGRICULTURAL OPERATOR IN THIS STATE.  WITHIN
   52  SUCH TIME AS THE COMMISSIONER SHALL BY REGULATION PROVIDE,  A  RECIPIENT
   53  OF  AN  AWARD  SHALL HAVE SERVED FOR THAT NUMBER OF MONTHS CALCULATED BY
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    1  MULTIPLYING BY NINE THE NUMBER OF ANNUAL PAYMENTS RECEIVED BY THE RECIP-
    2  IENT. IN NO CASE SHALL THE TOTAL NUMBER OF MONTHS OF SERVICE REQUIRED BE
    3  LESS THAN TWENTY-FOUR. IF A RECIPIENT FAILS TO COMPLY  FULLY  WITH  SUCH
    4  CONDITIONS, THE PRESIDENT SHALL BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE FROM SUCH RECIPI-
    5  ENT AN AMOUNT TO BE DETERMINED BY THE FORMULA:
    6                                 A=2B (T-S)
    7                                       ----
    8                                         T
    9    IN  WHICH  "A" IS THE AMOUNT THE PRESIDENT IS ENTITLED TO RECOVER; "B"
   10  IS THE SUM OF ALL PAYMENTS MADE TO THE RECIPIENT AND   THE  INTEREST  ON
   11  SUCH AMOUNT WHICH WOULD BE PAYABLE IF AT THE TIMES SUCH AWARDS WERE PAID
   12  THEY  WERE LOANS BEARING INTEREST AT THE MAXIMUM PREVAILING RATE; "T" IS
   13  THE TOTAL NUMBER OF  MONTHS  IN  THE  RECIPIENT'S  PERIOD  OF  OBLIGATED
   14  SERVICES;  AND  "S" IS THE NUMBER OF MONTHS OF SERVICE ACTUALLY RENDERED
   15  BY THE RECIPIENT. ANY AMOUNT WHICH THE PRESIDENT IS ENTITLED TO  RECOVER
   16  PURSUANT  TO  THIS  PARAGRAPH  SHALL BE PAID WITHIN THE FIVE-YEAR PERIOD
   17  BEGINNING ON THE DATE THAT THE RECIPIENT  FAILED  TO  COMPLY  WITH  THIS
   18  SERVICE  CONDITION.  NOTHING  IN  THE WRITTEN AGREEMENT SHALL AFFECT THE
   19  TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT OF THE INDIVIDUAL WHO SHALL NEGOTIATE, SEPARATE  AND
   20  APART  FROM THE PROGRAM, HIS OR HER SALARY AND OTHER FORMS OF EMPLOYMENT
   21  WITH AN AGENCY, INSTITUTION OR A PROGRAM, IN WHICH HE OR  SHE  SHALL  BE
   22  EMPLOYED.  ANY  OBLIGATION TO COMPLY WITH SUCH PROVISIONS AS OUTLINED IN
   23  THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE CANCELLED UPON THE DEATH OF THE RECIPIENT. THE
   24  COMMISSIONER SHALL MAKE REGULATIONS TO PROVIDE FOR THE WAIVER OR SUSPEN-
   25  SION OF ANY FINANCIAL OBLIGATION WHICH WOULD INVOLVE EXTREME HARDSHIP.
   26    D. REPORT. A RECIPIENT OF AN AWARD SHALL REPORT ANNUALLY  TO  THE  NEW
   27  YORK STATE HIGHER EDUCATION SERVICES CORPORATION, ON FORMS PRESCRIBED BY
   28  IT,  AS TO THE PERFORMANCE OF THE REQUIRED SERVICES, COMMENCING WITH THE
   29  CALENDAR YEAR IN WHICH THE RECIPIENT BEGINS TO SERVE AS  AN  AGRICULTURE
   30  PRODUCER  IN  THIS  STATE  AND CONTINUING UNTIL THE RECIPIENT SHALL HAVE
   31  COMPLETED, OR IT IS DETERMINED THAT HE OR SHE SHALL NOT BE OBLIGATED  TO
   32  COMPLETE, THE REQUIRED SERVICES. IF THE RECIPIENT SHALL FAIL TO FILE ANY
   33  REPORT REQUIRED PURSUANT TO THIS PARAGRAPH WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF WRITTEN
   34  NOTICE  TO THE RECIPIENT, MAILED TO THE ADDRESS SHOWN ON THE LAST APPLI-
   35  CATION FOR AN AWARD OR LAST REPORT FILED, WHICHEVER IS LATER, THE PRESI-
   36  DENT MAY IMPOSE A FINE OF UP TO  ONE  THOUSAND  DOLLARS.  THE  PRESIDENT
   37  SHALL  HAVE  THE  DISCRETION  TO  WAIVE THE FILING OF A REPORT, EXCUSE A
   38  DELAY IN FILING OR A FAILURE TO FILE A REPORT, OR WAIVE  OR  REDUCE  ANY
   39  FINE IMPOSED FOR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN.
   40    S  3.  The  education  law is amended by adding a new section 671-a to
   41  read as follows:
   42    S 671-A. AGRICULTURE PRODUCER  SCHOLARSHIPS.  1.  NUMBER  AND  CERTIF-
   43  ICATION.  TWENTY-FIVE AGRICULTURE PRODUCER SCHOLARSHIPS SHALL BE AWARDED
   44  IN THE TWO THOUSAND SEVENTEEN--TWO THOUSAND EIGHTEEN ACADEMIC  YEAR  AND
   45  AN ADDITIONAL TWENTY-FIVE SCHOLARSHIPS SHALL BE AWARDED IN THE TWO THOU-
   46  SAND  EIGHTEEN--TWO  THOUSAND  NINETEEN ACADEMIC YEAR. SUCH SCHOLARSHIPS
   47  SHALL BE ALLOCATED AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION THIRTEEN  OF  SECTION  SIX
   48  HUNDRED  FIVE  OF  THIS  TITLE  TO ELIGIBLE STUDENTS AS CERTIFIED TO THE
   49  PRESIDENT BY THE COMMISSIONER.
   50    2. DURATION. EACH SUCH SCHOLARSHIP SHALL ENTITLE THE RECIPIENT  TO  AN
   51  ANNUAL AWARD FOR EACH YEAR WHILE ENROLLED IN AN APPROVED COURSE OF STUDY
   52  LEADING TO AN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE IN AGRICULTURE, BUT NOT EXCEEDING THE
   53  NORMAL  PERIOD  OF  STUDY  REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE
   54  PROGRAM, AS SUCH APPROVED COURSES AND NORMAL PERIODS OF STUDY ARE DETER-
   55  MINED BY THE COMMISSIONER.
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    1    3. AMOUNT. THE PRESIDENT SHALL MAKE ANNUAL AWARDS OF FIFTEEN  THOUSAND
    2  DOLLARS,  FOR  UP  TO FOUR ACADEMIC YEARS FOR ANY RECIPIENT, EXCEPT THAT
    3  SUCH ANNUAL AWARD SHALL NOT EXCEED THE RECIPIENT'S COST  OF  ATTENDANCE.
    4  FOR  THE  PURPOSES  OF THIS SUBDIVISION, "COST OF ATTENDANCE" SHALL MEAN
    5  THE  COST  OF:  TUITION AT AN APPROVED UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM IN AGRICUL-
    6  TURE; LABORATORY AND OTHER FEES; ROOM AND BOARD; SUPPLIES; HEALTH INSUR-
    7  ANCE COVERAGE; BOOKS AND A STIPEND  FOR  DAILY  LIVING  EXPENSES  IN  AN
    8  AMOUNT  TO  BE  DETERMINED  BY  THE  PRESIDENT  IN CONSULTATION WITH THE
    9  COMMISSIONER.
   10    S 4. The sum of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), or so  much  thereof
   11  as  may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the education department
   12  out of any moneys in the state treasury in the general fund to the cred-
   13  it of the state operations account, not otherwise appropriated, for  its
   14  services   and   expenses  incurred  to  administer  and  implement  the
   15  provisions of this act in the 2017--2018 state  fiscal  year.  Such  sum
   16  shall  be  payable on vouchers certified or approved by the commissioner
   17  of education upon audit and warrant of  the  state  comptroller  in  the
   18  manner prescribed by law.
   19    S   5.   The   sum  of  one  million  five  hundred  thousand  dollars
   20  ($1,500,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, is  hereby  appro-
   21  priated  to  the higher education services corporation out of any moneys
   22  in the state treasury in the general fund to the  credit  of  the  local
   23  assistance  account,  not  otherwise  appropriated,  to  carry  out  the
   24  purposes of this act, including costs of award of scholarships  and  for
   25  its  services  and  expenses  incurred  to  administer and implement the
   26  provisions of this act in the 2017--2018 state  fiscal  year.  Such  sum
   27  shall  be  payable on vouchers certified or approved by the president of
   28  the higher education services corporation upon audit and warrant of  the
   29  state comptroller in the manner prescribed by law.
   30    S  6.  This  act shall take effect immediately, and shall be deemed to
   31  have been in full force and effect on and after April 1, 2016.

   32                                   PART C

   33    Section 1. Section 605 of the education law is amended by adding a new
   34  subdivision 14 to read as follows:
   35    14. PRODUCER'S LOAN  FORGIVENESS  PROGRAM.  REGENTS  LOAN  FORGIVENESS
   36  AWARDS  SHALL  BE AWARDED ANNUALLY TO FARM OPERATOR APPLICANTS WHO AGREE
   37  TO OPERATE AN AGRICULTURAL OPERATION ON A FULL-TIME BASIS.  SUCH  AWARDS
   38  SHALL  BE  GRANTED  ANNUALLY,  AND  SHALL BE CLASSIFIED AND ALLOCATED IN
   39  ACCORDANCE WITH REGENTS RULES.
   40    A. (1) THE APPLICANT SHALL BE A RESIDENT OR PERMANENT  RESIDENT  ALIEN
   41  OF  THIS  STATE  AND  A  GRADUATE  OF AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION
   42  APPROVED OR REGISTERED BY THE REGENTS.
   43    (2) THE APPLICANT SHALL AGREE TO ENGAGE IN SUCH EMPLOYMENT FOR A PERI-
   44  OD OF TIME WHICH SHALL BE NOT LESS THAN FIVE YEARS.
   45    B. PRIORITY SHALL BE ACCORDED TO APPLICANTS IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER:
   46    (1) FIRST, TO ANY APPLICANT  WHO  IS  COMPLETING  THE  SECOND,  THIRD,
   47  FOURTH  OR FIFTH YEAR OF THE SERVICE REQUIREMENT AND IS REAPPLYING FOR A
   48  NEW AWARD;
   49    (2) SECOND, TO ANY APPLICANT  WHO  IS  ECONOMICALLY  DISADVANTAGED  AS
   50  DEFINED BY THE REGENTS;
   51    IN THE EVENT THAT THERE ARE MORE APPLICANTS WHO HAVE THE SAME PRIORITY
   52  THAN THERE ARE REMAINING SCHOLARSHIPS, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DISTRIBUTE
   53  THE REMAINING NUMBER OF SUCH SCHOLARSHIPS BY MEANS OF A LOTTERY OR OTHER
   54  FORM OF RANDOM SELECTION.
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    1    C.  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL THEN FORWARD APPROVED APPLICATIONS TO THE
    2  PRESIDENT AND SHALL NOTIFY UNSUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS.
    3    D. THE PRESIDENT SHALL NOTIFY APPLICANTS OF THEIR AWARD ENTITLEMENT.
    4    E. THE PRESIDENT SHALL, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER, DEVELOP
    5  AND  SECURE FROM EACH SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT A WRITTEN AGREEMENT TO ENGAGE
    6  IN SUCH EMPLOYMENT, AS APPROPRIATE. WITHIN SUCH TIME AS THE COMMISSIONER
    7  SHALL BY REGULATION PROVIDE, A RECIPIENT OF AN AWARD SHALL HAVE  ENGAGED
    8  IN  SUCH EMPLOYMENT AS APPROPRIATE, FOR THAT NUMBER OF MONTHS CALCULATED
    9  BY MULTIPLYING BY TWELVE THE NUMBER OF ANNUAL PAYMENTS RECEIVED  BY  THE
   10  RECIPIENT.  IN  NO  CASE  SHALL  THE  TOTAL  NUMBER OF MONTHS OF SERVICE
   11  REQUIRED BE LESS THAN TWENTY-FOUR. IF A RECIPIENT FAILS TO COMPLY  FULLY
   12  WITH  SUCH  CONDITIONS,  THE PRESIDENT SHALL BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE FROM
   13  SUCH RECIPIENT AN AMOUNT TO BE DETERMINED BY THE FORMULA:

   14                                  A=B(T-S)
   15                                   --------
   16                                        T

   17    IN WHICH "A" IS THE AMOUNT THE PRESIDENT IS ENTITLED TO  RECOVER;  "B"
   18  IS  THE  SUM  OF  ALL PAYMENTS MADE TO THE RECIPIENT AND THE INTEREST ON
   19  SUCH AMOUNT WHICH WOULD BE PAYABLE IF AT THE TIMES SUCH AWARDS WERE PAID
   20  THEY WERE LOANS BEARING INTEREST AT THE MAXIMUM PREVAILING RATE; "T"  IS
   21  THE  TOTAL  NUMBER  OF  MONTHS  IN  THE  RECIPIENT'S PERIOD OF OBLIGATED
   22  SERVICES; AND "S" IS THE NUMBER OF MONTHS OF SERVICE  ACTUALLY  RENDERED
   23  BY  THE RECIPIENT. ANY AMOUNT WHICH THE PRESIDENT IS ENTITLED TO RECOVER
   24  UNDER THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL BE PAID WITHIN THE FIVE-YEAR PERIOD BEGINNING
   25  ON THE DATE THAT THE RECIPIENT FAILED TO COMPLY WITH THIS SERVICE CONDI-
   26  TION. NOTHING IN THE WRITTEN AGREEMENT SHALL AFFECT THE TERMS OF EMPLOY-
   27  MENT OF THE INDIVIDUAL WHO SHALL NEGOTIATE, SEPARATE AND APART FROM  THE
   28  PROGRAM, HIS OR HER SALARY AND OTHER FORMS OF EMPLOYMENT WITH AN AGENCY,
   29  INSTITUTION OR A PROGRAM IN WHICH HE OR SHE SHALL BE EMPLOYED.
   30    ANY  OBLIGATION  TO  COMPLY  WITH  SUCH PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION
   31  SHALL BE CANCELLED UPON THE DEATH OF  THE  RECIPIENT.  THE  COMMISSIONER
   32  SHALL  MAKE  REGULATIONS  TO PROVIDE FOR THE WAIVER OR SUSPENSION OF ANY
   33  FINANCIAL OBLIGATION WHICH WOULD INVOLVE EXTREME HARDSHIP.
   34    F. A RECIPIENT OF AN AWARD SHALL REPORT ANNUALLY TO THE NEW YORK STATE
   35  HIGHER EDUCATION SERVICES CORPORATION, ON FORMS PRESCRIBED BY IT, AS  TO
   36  THE  PERFORMANCE  OF THE REQUIRED SERVICES, COMMENCING WITH THE CALENDAR
   37  YEAR IN WHICH THE RECIPIENT BEGINS SUCH EMPLOYMENT AND CONTINUING  UNTIL
   38  THE  RECIPIENT  SHALL HAVE COMPLETED, OR IT IS DETERMINED THAT HE OR SHE
   39  SHALL NOT BE OBLIGATED TO COMPLETE, THE REQUIRED SERVICES. IF THE RECIP-
   40  IENT SHALL FAIL TO FILE ANY REPORT REQUIRED PURSUANT TO  THIS  PARAGRAPH
   41  WITHIN  THIRTY  DAYS  OF  WRITTEN NOTICE TO THE RECIPIENT, MAILED TO THE
   42  ADDRESS SHOWN ON THE LAST APPLICATION FOR AN AWARD OR LAST REPORT FILED,
   43  WHICHEVER IS LATER, THE PRESIDENT MAY IMPOSE A FINE OF UP TO  ONE  THOU-
   44  SAND  DOLLARS.  THE  PRESIDENT  SHALL  HAVE  THE DISCRETION TO WAIVE THE
   45  FILING OF A REPORT, EXCUSE A DELAY IN FILING OR  A  FAILURE  TO  FILE  A
   46  REPORT, OR WAIVE OR REDUCE ANY FINE IMPOSED FOR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN.
   47    S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
   48  it  shall  have become a law; provided, however, that any rules or regu-
   49  lations necessary for the timely  implementation  of  this  act  on  its
   50  effective date shall be promulgated on or before such effective date.

   51                                   PART D
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    1    Section  1.  The  board  of  regents  and the education department, in
    2  consultation with the  department  of  agriculture  and  markets,  shall
    3  develop  and  implement  an outreach campaign encouraging elementary and
    4  secondary education students to enter the agricultural field and  attend
    5  one  of  New  York  state's college agriculture education programs. Such
    6  outreach campaign shall  continue  until  December  31,  2021  or  until
    7  enrollment  in  undergraduate agricultural programs increases by twenty-
    8  five percent.
    9    S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

   10                                   PART E

   11    Section 1. Report on agriculture taxation. The commissioner  of  agri-
   12  culture and markets shall study and make recommendations to the governor
   13  and the legislature within eighteen months of the effective date of this
   14  section  on  reducing  the  taxation for landowners who use land for the
   15  production of agricultural commodities within and  outside  agricultural
   16  districts, pursuant to article 25-AA of the agriculture and markets law.
   17    S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
   18    S 3. Severability clause. If any clause, sentence, paragraph, subdivi-
   19  sion,  section  or  part  of  this act shall be adjudged by any court of
   20  competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgment  shall  not  affect,
   21  impair,  or  invalidate  the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in
   22  its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph,  subdivision,  section
   23  or  part  thereof  directly  involved  in  the controversy in which such
   24  judgement shall have been rendered. It is  hereby  declared  to  be  the
   25  intent  of the legislature that this act would have been enacted even if
   26  such invalid provisions had not been included herein.
   27    S 4. This act shall take effect immediately  provided,  however,  that
   28  the  applicable effective date of Parts A through E of this act shall be
   29  as specifically set forth in the last section of such Parts.
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