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.
Ayes (60): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Storobin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (2): Espaillat, Huntley
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to the definition of land used in silvopasturing
PURPOSE: To clarify that silvopasturing acreage in forested land qualifies as eligible lands for agriculture assessment.
SUMMARY: Section 301 of Agriculture and Markets Law is amended by adding a new paragraph m to include land used in silvopasturing.
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 on the first of January next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5160--B Cal. No. 85 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 -- recommitted to the Committee on Agriculture in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, passed by Senate and deliv- ered to the Assembly, recalled, vote reconsidered, restored to third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading -- again amended and ordered reprinted, retain- ing its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to the definition of land used in silvopasturing THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 301 of the agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new paragraph m to read as follows: M. LAND USED IN SILVOPASTURING SHALL BE LIMITED TO UP TO TEN FENCED ACRES PER LARGE LIVESTOCK, INCLUDING CATTLE, HORSES AND CAMELIDS, AND UP TO FIVE FENCED ACRES PER SMALL LIVESTOCK, SUCH AS SHEEP, HOGS, GOATS AND POULTRY. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, "SILVOPASTURING" SHALL 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. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10929-11-2