Expands the definition of "agricultural commodity" to include maple sap and maple products produced therefrom.
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to the definition of "agricultural commodity"
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To amend the definition of agricultural commodity to include not only maple syrup, but also "pure" maple products produced from such syrup.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This bill amends subdivision one of section 293 of the Agriculture and markets law.
Section 1 - Amends the definition of agricultural commodity to include tree sap and pure maple products produced thereof.
Section 2 - This act shall take effect immediately.
Maple production in New York State is currently an $18 million dollar (estimated) activity, with the potential for significant expansion. New York State has the most tappable maple trees of any state or province, with only 0.5% of the potential taps currently utilized. New York is the 3rd largest maple producer. In accordance with a study conducted by Cornell University, if New York were to tap its maple trees at the same rate as the State of Vermont, it would produce 1.2 million gallons of maple syrup, four times the amount of New York's current production. New York is also a net importer of maple syrup, which indicates there is significant need. With some assistance, this need could be met with New York State product.
One of the measures identified that would improve conditions for maple producers, and help to attract more producers and expansion of existing operations, is to expand the definition of agricultural commodity to include not only tree sap, but also products produced from "pure" maple sap (which would include syrup, maple cream, shaped sugar, and granulated maple sugar). Expanding this definition would extend the agricultural protection that would be beneficial to the industry. If maple were included in the definition, of "agricultural commodity", then producers would be eligible to apply for United States Department of Agriculture and New York State Agriculture & Markets funding to assist with their production.
This measure will make the maple tapping industry in New York State more economically viable, and help set the stage for future expansion.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
None to the State. Positive implications for maple producers.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6317--A Cal. No. 182 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE November 30, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sens. AUBERTINE, STACHOWSKI -- (at request of the Legisla- tive Commission on Rural Resources) -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules -- recom- mitted to the Committee on Agriculture in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- reported favorably from said committee with amendments and ordered reprinted as amended and when reprinted to be committed to the order of first report AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to the definition of "agricultural commodity" THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 293 of the agriculture and markets law, as amended by chapter 234 of the laws of 1995, is amended to read as follows: (1) "Agricultural commodity" means any and all agricultural, horticul- tural, vineyard products, corn for grain, oats, soybeans, barley, wheat, poultry or poultry products, bees, maple
[syrup]SAP AND PURE MAPLE PRODUCTS PRODUCED THEREFROM, christmas trees, livestock, including swine, and honey, sold in the state either in their natural state or as processed by the producer thereof but does not include milk, timber or timber products, other than christmas trees, all hay, rye and legumes except for soybeans. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15066-03-0