Bill S4741-2013

Designates sweet corn as the state vegetable

Designates sweet corn as the state vegetable.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • Apr 19, 2013: REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S4741

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the state law, in relation to making sweet corn the state vegetable

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To establish sweet corn as the official vegetable of New York state.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Amends the State law by adding a new section 89 designating sweet corn as the official vegetable of the state of New York.

JUSTIFICATION:

Sweet corn is one of the leading agricultural produce in New York State. Sweet corn is grown on more farms in New York State than other vegetable and is planted on more than 30,000 acres throughout the state. Sweet Corn sales in New York State top $70 million annually.

Vegetables are herbaceous plants of which some portion is used for human consumption, either cooked or raw, during the primary part of the meal. This classification would include obvious vegetables like lettuce and broccoli but also those in which the seeds are eaten, such as peas and sweet corn. New York already has an official fruit, the apple; an official tree, the sugar maple and even an official state muffin, apple muffin, as well as an official beverage that recognizes the value of our state's dairy farmers - milk.

The value of all New York vegetable production in 2012 totaled over $409 million, according to the New York Agricultural Statistics Service. New York is fifth in the nation in area harvested and sixth in value of principal fresh market vegetables.

This legislation recognizes the importance of the vegetable industry to the economy of Upstate New York and farm towns of Long Island and highlights the importance of our state's vegetable farms to New York consumers.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

S.3919 of 2007/2008 S.4238 of 2009/2010

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4741 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 19, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern- ment Operations AN ACT to amend the state law, in relation to making sweet corn the state vegetable THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The state law is amended by adding a new section 89 to read as follows: S 89. STATE VEGETABLE. SWEET CORN SHALL BE THE OFFICIAL VEGETABLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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