Bill Text: NY A01337 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Establishes the small farm disaster recovery grant program; provides grants for the purchase and replanting of crops destroyed by natural disaster.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-15 - referred to agriculture [A01337 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A01337-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 15, 2019
          BUSH, COOK, PALMESANO -- Multi-Sponsored  by  --  M.  of  A.  BARCLAY,
          BLAKE, GLICK -- 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
    23  this section. Grants shall only be awarded based upon  the  availability
    24  of funds.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    §  2. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding
     2  the date on which it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the
     3  addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule  or  regulation  necessary
     4  for  the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized
     5  to be made and completed on or before such effective date.