Bill Text: NY A08007 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Relates to eligibility and criteria for awards of grants from the beginning farmers NY fund.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-18 - substituted by s5716 [A08007 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A08007-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                      May 30, 2019

        Introduced  by M. of A. LUPARDO -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Economic Development

        AN ACT to amend the urban development corporation act,  in  relation  to
          the beginning farmers NY fund

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Subdivisions 2, 3 and 5 of section 16-w  of  section  1  of
     2  chapter  174  of  the  laws  of  1968 constituting the urban development
     3  corporation act, subdivision 2 as amended by section  1  of  part  W  of
     4  chapter  58  of  the laws of 2016 and subdivisions 3 and 5 as amended by
     5  section 1 of part FF of chapter 58 of the laws of 2015, are  amended  to
     6  read as follows:
     7    2.  The  corporation  shall consult with the department of agriculture
     8  and markets in order to establish such criteria governing the  award  of
     9  grants as authorized herein, as the corporation and such department deem
    10  necessary.  Such  criteria shall include, but not be limited to, farmers
    11  who have not produced an "agricultural product" as  defined  by  section
    12  three  hundred twenty-eight of the agriculture and markets law, for more
    13  than ten consecutive years, and who will  materially  and  substantially
    14  participate in the production of an agricultural product within a region
    15  of  the  state.  Such  criteria shall also consider farm income and farm
    16  investments as necessary to accommodate beginning farmers reporting less
    17  than ten thousand dollars of annual farm income.
    18    3. Appropriations to the beginning farmers NY fund may be used for the
    19  following purposes:
    20    (a) to assist farmers in demonstrating innovative  agricultural  tech-
    21  niques  including,  but  not  limited  to, organic farming and specialty
    22  crops.
    23    (b) capital grants in accordance with a business plan to improve  farm
    24  profitability.  Upon  completion of such business plan, recipients shall
    25  be eligible for capital grants to enhance the profitability  of  farming

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 8007                             2

     1  operations,  including on land under lease by the recipient. Such grants
     2  may be used for purposes including, but not limited to, the purchase  of
     3  machinery  or  the  construction  or improvement of physical structures,
     4  including   semi-permanent   structures.     Recipients  of  awards  for
     5  construction or improvement of physical structures on land  under  lease
     6  by  the award recipient, shall receive compensation for or retain owner-
     7  ship of such structures.  Any capital grant shall be issued with a  one-
     8  to-one match between the state and recipient.
     9    5.  The  beginning  farmers  NY fund shall not invest an amount in any
    10  single beneficiary that is  less  than  one  thousand  dollars  or  that
    11  exceeds  fifty  thousand dollars, subject to any exceptions to be estab-
    12  lished by guidelines of the corporation.  The corporation  shall  estab-
    13  lish  award  tiers  to  accommodate awards of less than fifteen thousand
    14  dollars. Awards of five thousand dollars or less shall be awarded  in  a
    15  single payment prior to project completion.
    16    §  2. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding
    17  the date on which it shall have become a law.