Bill S7545-2013

Directs the commissioners of agriculture and markets and economic development to study and develop a long-term strategy for sustaining farming and food production in New York State

Directs the commissioners of agriculture and markets and economic development to study and develop a long-term strategy for sustaining farming and food production in New York state; bases such strategy on an analysis of land use and economic trends, soil and natural resources, food consumption needs and other factors necessary to develop a state-level blueprint for protecting farmland and strengthening food production in the state.

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  • May 15, 2014: REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE

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BILL NUMBER:S7545

TITLE OF BILL: An act to authorize and direct the commissioners of agriculture and markets and economic development to study and develop a long-term strategy for sustaining farming and food production in New York state

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this legislation is to authorize and direct the Commissioners of Agriculture and Markets and Economic Development to assess New York State's capacity for regional food production and to develop strategies for increasing the output and integration of localized food production.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of this legislation authorizes and directs the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets and Economic Development to study and develop a long-term strategy for sustaining farming and food production in New York State.

JUSTIFICATION: As identified by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in a February 2010 report entitled FoodNYC: A Blueprint for a Sustainable Food System, a regional food production study could better assess New York's agricultural capabilities, connect upstate agricultural producers with an expanded base of downstate customers and provide greater access to healthy and organic produce: Authorizing this study would expedite and encourage consumer trends towards the consumption of locally and regionally grown foods.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A728 of 2013 A1463 of 2011-2012 A10701 of 2009-2010.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7545 IN SENATE May 15, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture AN ACT to authorize and direct the commissioners of agriculture and markets and economic development to study and develop a long-term strategy for sustaining farming and food production in New York state THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The commissioners of agriculture and markets and economic development are hereby authorized and directed to study and develop a long-term strategy for sustaining farming and food production in New York state. Such strategy shall be based on an analysis of land use and economic trends, soil and natural resources, food consumption needs and other factors necessary to develop a state-level blueprint for protect- ing farmland and strengthening food production in the state. Such strat- egy shall be developed in consultation with agricultural and economic development advisory bodies created or authorized by statute and such other organizations or persons as the commissioners shall deem appropri- ate. Within one year of the effective date of this act, the commission- ers shall submit a report of their findings and recommendations, includ- ing proposed legislation, if any, to the governor and the legislature. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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