Bill S5482-2013

Establishes a drain tile revolving loan fund

Establishes a drain tile revolving loan fund; provides low interest loans to farmers.

Details

Actions

  • Mar 11, 2014: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • Jan 8, 2014: returned to senate
  • Jan 8, 2014: died in assembly
  • Jun 12, 2013: referred to agriculture
  • Jun 12, 2013: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 12, 2013: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 11, 2013: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1296
  • Jun 11, 2013: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Jun 4, 2013: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • May 16, 2013: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Environmental Conservation - Jun 4, 2013
Ayes (11): Grisanti, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, O'Mara, Young, Avella, Serrano, Latimer, Tkaczyk
Nays (1): Espaillat
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Environmental Conservation - Mar 11, 2014
Ayes (11): Grisanti, Avella, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, O'Mara, Young, Serrano, Latimer, Tkaczyk
Nays (1): Espaillat

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5482

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the soil and water conservation districts law, in relation to establishing a drain tile revolving loan program

PURPOSE: This bill establishes a revolving loan program dedicated to providing farmers with low interest loans for the addition of drain tile to their fields.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill adds a new section 4-a to the Soil and Water Conservation Districts Law.

Provides that the Soil and Water Conservation Committee shall establish and maintain a drain tile revolving loan program which provides low interest loans to farmers for the purpose of adding drain tile to their fields.

Provides that the Soil and Water Conservation Committee shall promulgate the rules and regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of the bill.

Establishes that the amount of funds in the revolving loan program shall be subject to a budgetary appropriation.

Provides that the loans must be within the amount available in the drain tile revolving loan program. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that any rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made on or before such date.

JUSTIFICATION: For a piece of land to be agriculturally viable for planting and growing, it must have the right conditions. One of the factors that can prevent a piece of land from being suitable for planting and farming is the amount of subsurface moisture present. Too much subsurface moisture prevents root development and inhibits the growth of crops. It can also make it difficult for farm equipment to access the land.

The installation of drain tile is often the best way to treat excessive amounts of subsurface water on an otherwise viable piece of farm land. The addition of drain tile draws the moisture further down into the soil and then provides a way for it to drain effectively, thus lowering the water table on a piece of land. By lowering the water table, plants are able to develop stronger roots to better absorb the oxygen and other nutrients present in the soil.

The installation of drain tile, although effective in treating subsurface water, is costly. Therefore, this bill seeks to aid farmers in the installation of drain tile in their fields by creating a revolving loan fund that will provide interest loans to farmers for the costs associated with the installation of drain tile in their fields. The Soil and Water Conservation Committee shall administer the fund as outlined in the sections of this bill.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Subject to budgetary appropriation.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that any rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made on or before such date.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5482 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 16, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. RITCHIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the soil and water conservation districts law, in relation to establishing a drain tile revolving loan program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The soil and water conservation districts law is amended by adding a new section 4-a to read as follows: S 4-A. DRAIN TILE REVOLVING LOAN PROGRAM. 1. THE SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION COMMITTEE SHALL ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN A DRAIN TILE REVOLV- ING LOAN PROGRAM TO PROVIDE LOW INTEREST LOANS TO FARMERS FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENHANCING THEIR FARM FIELDS WITH DRAIN TILE. SUCH PROGRAM SHALL PROVIDE LOW INTEREST LOANS TO FARMERS FOR SUCH DRAIN TILE PROJECTS AS THE COMMITTEE SHALL DEEM TO BE ELIGIBLE PURSUANT TO RULE OR REGU- LATION. 2. THE COMMITTEE SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE PURPOSE OF CARRYING OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION, INCLUDING ESTAB- LISHING: A. AN APPLICATION PROCESS WHEREBY FARMERS MAY APPLY FOR LOANS; B. CRITERIA AND STANDARDS FOR DETERMINING A FARMER'S ELIGIBILITY FOR A LOAN; C. CRITERIA AND STANDARDS FOR DETERMINING THE PRIORITY TO BE GRANTED AMONG DRAIN TILE PROJECTS; D. CRITERIA AND STANDARDS FOR DETERMINING THE AMOUNT OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO BE PROVIDED TO A FARMER FOR A DRAIN TILE PROJECT; AND E. CRITERIA AND STANDARDS TO BE USED IN DETERMINING THE LOAN REPAYMENT PERIODS AND THE TERMS OF ANY REPAYMENT AGREEMENTS. 3. THE AMOUNT OF FUNDS IN THE DRAIN TILE REVOLVING LOAN PROGRAM SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A BUDGETARY APPROPRIATION.
4. THE COMMITTEE MAY PROVIDE LOW INTEREST LOANS TO FARMERS WITHIN THE AMOUNTS AVAILABLE IN THE DRAIN TILE REVOLVING LOAN FUND ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that any rules and regu- lations necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effec- tive date are authorized to be made on or before such date.

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