Requires the department of agriculture and markets to evaluate their support of farmers age sixty-two years and older.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to requiring the department of agriculture and markets to evaluate their support of farmers age sixty-two years and older
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to ensure farmers are being supported as they get older.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would require the department of agriculture and markets to evaluate their programs in conjunction with the State Office for the Aging to ensure that the needs of farmers and other individuals engaged in agriculture-related enterprises, who are also seniors, are supported.
JUSTIFICATION: The average age for a farmer is now over fifty seven years old. As our farmers age, they face unique challenges relating to the continued operation of their businesses. Many producers and processors age out of the system because they don't have supports to enable them to continue on their vegetable farms, dairy farms, processing facilities, etc. It is vital to the continued health of our agriculture network to ensure that these individuals who provide something so basic to our survival are supported so they can stay in business.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7433 IN SENATE May 14, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. VALESKY -- 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 requir- ing the department of agriculture and markets to evaluate their support of farmers age sixty-two years and older THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 16 of the agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new subdivision 47 to read as follows: 47. EVALUATE, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE STATE OFFICE FOR THE AGING, PROGRAMS AND SERVICES OFFERED BY THE DEPARTMENT TO ENSURE THAT THEY SUPPORT THE NEEDS OF FARMERS, AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS ENGAGED IN AGRICUL- TURE, AND THE PRODUCTION, PROCESSING, MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTING OF FOOD, WHO ARE ALSO SENIORS, WHICH SHALL MEAN AN INDIVIDUAL SIXTY-TWO YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14598-01-4