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Bill S5160-2011

Defines the term "land used in silvopasturing"

Defines the term "land used in silvopasturing" to mean the intentional combination of trees, forages and livestock managed as a single integrated practice for the collective benefit of each, including the planting of appropriate grasses and legume forages among trees for sound grazing and livestock husbandry.

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Actions

  • Jun 11, 2012: VOTE RECONSIDERED - RESTORED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 6, 2012: returned to senate
  • Jun 6, 2012: RECALLED FROM ASSEMBLY
  • Jan 30, 2012: referred to agriculture
  • Jan 30, 2012: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jan 30, 2012: PASSED SENATE
  • Jan 24, 2012: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jan 23, 2012: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jan 19, 2012: 1ST REPORT CAL.85
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • Jan 4, 2012: returned to senate
  • Jan 4, 2012: died in assembly
  • Jun 14, 2011: referred to agriculture
  • Jun 14, 2011: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 14, 2011: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 7, 2011: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 6, 2011: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jun 2, 2011: 1ST REPORT CAL.937
  • May 3, 2011: REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Agriculture - Jun 1, 2011
Ayes (10): Ritchie, Gallivan, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Seward, Young, Kennedy, Avella, Huntley, Valesky
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Agriculture - Jan 19, 2012
Ayes (10): Ritchie, Gallivan, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Seward, Young, Kennedy, Avella, Huntley, Valesky

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5160

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to expanding the definition of crops, livestock and livestock products to include silvopasturing products

PURPOSE: To clarify that silvopasturing acreage in forested land qualifies as eligible lands for agriculture assessment.

SUMMARY: Section 301(2) of Agriculture and Markets Law is amended to include silvopastured products to the definition of "Crops, livestock and livestock products",

JUSTIFICATION: Silvopasturing is the scientifically-based, ecologically-sound practice of livestock grazing in wooded areas which can yield numerous benefits for farm operations. In silvopasturing, timber and pasture are managed as a single integrated system. Timber, forage and livestock are managed intensively to simultaneously produce timber products, a high quality forage resource and efficient livestock production. In doing so, silvopasturing provides a sustainable system that offers diversified marketing opportunities for producers.

This bill would clearly recognize the concurrent use of wooded lands for production of livestock and wood products as land in agricultural production that qualifies for the agricultural assessment program. Current law does not allow assessors to grant agricultural assessments to forested land used for silvopasture based on the characterization that such land is employed to produce livestock or livestock products for sale.

HISTORY: New bill

FISCAL IMPACT: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5160 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 3, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. RITCHIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to expand- ing the definition of crops, livestock and livestock products to include silvopasturing products THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 301 of the agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new paragraph k to read as follows: K. SILVOPASTURED PRODUCTS, INCLUDING PRODUCTS FROM A PLANNED AND MANAGED COMBINATION OF TREES, FORAGES AND COMMERCIAL LIVESTOCK FOR A PRODUCTIVE BENEFIT. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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