Creates the strategic farm and food product development coordinating council.
Ayes (29): DeFrancisco, Bonacic, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Golden, Grisanti, Hannon, Lanza, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Savino, Seward, Krueger, Diaz, Dilan, Rivera, Gianaris, Breslin, Parker, Perkins, Stavisky, Squadron, Kennedy
Ayes W/R (2): Griffo, Peralta
Nays (1): Espaillat
Absent (1): Sampson
Excused (3): Larkin, Young, Montgomery
Ayes (62): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (1): Espaillat
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law and the economic development law, in relation to creating the strategic farm and food product development coordinating council
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to create the Strategic Farm and Food Product Development Coordinating Council in order to further Promote the use of New York grown products.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Amends § 15 of the Agriculture and Markets Law by establishing the Strategic Farm and Food Product Development Coordinating Council and defining the ways in which the Council will function.
Section 2: Adds a new 180-c of the Economic Development Law by requiring the Department to cooperate with the Department of Agriculture and Markets in the establishment of the Council.
Section 3: Provides for the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: This Coordinating Council will seek to promote beneficial relationships among farmers, processors, wholesalers, distributors, and state institutional entities such as schools and prisons in order to promote the use of New York grown products in New York,
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.6505 / A. 8104 of 2011-2012
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: Undetermined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2152 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 14, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. VALESKY, GRISANTI, MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agricul- ture AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law and the economic devel- opment law, in relation to creating the strategic farm and food prod- uct development coordinating council THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 16 of the agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new subdivision 6-a to read as follows: 6-A. (A) ESTABLISH, IN COOPERATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, A STRATEGIC FARM AND FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT COORDINATING COUNCIL CONSISTING OF REPRESENTATIVES OF FARMERS, PROCESSORS, WHOLE- SALERS AND DISTRIBUTORS, RETAILERS INCLUDING RETAIL FOOD STORES AND FOOD SERVICE BUSINESSES, ACADEMIC EXPERTS AND OTHERS TO IDENTIFY FARM AND FOOD PRODUCTS THAT: (I) ARE, OR HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE, IN DEMAND BY A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE CONSUMER MARKET; AND (II) HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR INCREASED PRODUCTION BY, AND SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC BENEFIT TO, NEW YORK AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS. (B) SUCH COUNCIL SHALL ALSO SEEK TO PROMOTE BENEFICIAL RELATIONSHIPS AMONG FARMERS, PROCESSORS, WHOLESALERS, DISTRIBUTORS, AND STATE INSTITU- TIONAL ENTITIES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO SCHOOLS, DAYCARE FACILI- TIES, AND PRISONS. THE COUNCIL SHALL IDENTIFY BARRIERS TO TRADE AND SUGGEST POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS. (C) SUCH COUNCIL SHALL ALSO IDENTIFY RESOURCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, STATE AND FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND TECHNICAL ASSIST- ANCE FROM GOVERNMENT, ACADEMIA AND PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT INCREASED PRODUCTION, MARKETING, AND DISTRIBUTION OF SUCH FOODS AND BEVERAGES. THE DEPARTMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SHALL MAKE SUCH INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO INTERESTED PRODUCERS AND MARK-EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04825-01-3 S. 2152 2
ETERS OF SUCH PRODUCTS. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ENLIST THE ASSISTANCE OF OTHER AGENCIES AS NEEDED TO IDENTIFY RESOURCES AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE NECESSARY FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION. (D) THE COUNCIL SHALL REPORT ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE LEGISLATURE WITHIN ONE YEAR OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COUNCIL AND YEARLY THEREAFTER. S 2. The economic development law is amended by adding a new section 180-c to read as follows: S 180-C. STRATEGIC FARM AND FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT COORDINATING COUNCIL. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL COOPERATE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICUL- TURE AND MARKETS IN ESTABLISHING A STRATEGIC FARM AND FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT COORDINATING COUNCIL TO IDENTIFY FARM AND FOOD PRODUCTS THAT HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO CREATE SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO NEW YORK AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS, IDENTIFYING RESOURCES AND ASSISTANCE TO SUPPORT SUCH EFFORTS, AND MAKING SUCH INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO INTERESTED FARMS AND FOOD BUSINESSES. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.