Provides additional funding as follows:
$150,000 for the Tractor Rollover Prevention program;
$460,000 for Rabies programs at Cornell;
$1,150,000 for the Cornell Animal Health Diagnostic Center;
$320,000 for the Berry Growers Association;
$75,000 for the Corn and Soybean Growers Associations;
$50,000 for Honeybee research at Cornell;
$160,000 for Hops and Barley research at Cornell;
$105,000 for Cornell Maple Research;
$175,000 for the EEE program;
$158,000 for FFA;
$500,000 for the Horticulture Society;
$160,000 for local fair assistance;
$25,000 for the low-cost vaccine program;
$150,000 for the Maple Producers Association;
$600,000 for the Northern NY Agriculture Development Program;
$50,000 for the Onion Growers Association;
$100,000 for the Vegetable Growers Association;
$216,000 for Farm Net
$100,000 for the Wood Products Council; and
$120,000 for Christmas Tree Growers.
Capital Projects (S.6354-B)
The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $5,500,000.
Article VII Proposals (S.6357-B)
PART J: The Senate accepts the Executive’s Article VII proposal that would allow the Department of Agriculture and Markets to deny a food license renewal for applicants with more than $2,400 in unpaid fines.
PART LL: The Senate advances language to develop innovation grants of up to $50,000 for new farmers to purchase land, equipment and supplies.
PART NN: The Senate advances language to create a $5 million revolving loan fund to provide start-up loans to new farmers for land and equipment purchases.
PART PP: The Senate advances language to develop an apprenticeship program, administered by BOCES, to provide hands-on training to aspiring young farmers.
PART TT: The Senate advances language requiring notification in writing to the owner/operation of a farm operation when a Freedom of Information Law request has been made for their records.
PART WW: The Senate advances language exempting participants in the New York State Cattle Health Assurance Program from Freedom of Information Law requests for records.
The Senate encourages measures to provide full service animal shelters in underserved areas of the State.