LD 1284 (subjects: FARMS , PROMOTION )
Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=1284&PID=1456&snum=127
Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support
- Rep. Donald Marean of Hollis: (R – District 16) — e-mail
Rep. Craig Hickman of Winthrop: (D – District 81) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook
Rep. Ralph Chapman of Brooksville: (D – District 133) — e-mail | Facebook
Sen. James Dill of Penobscot: (D – District 5) — e-mail
Sen. Thomas Saviello of Franklin: (R – District 17) — e-mail
|4/9/2015||Senate||Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Edgecomb of Aroostook REFERRED to the Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
|4/9/2015||House||Bill REFERRED to the Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
On motion by Senator EDGECOMB of Aroostook The Majority Ought Not To Pass Report ACCEPTED
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 200 19 Yeas – 16 Nays- 0 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
Motion of Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop to ACCEPT the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report FAILED.
ROLL CALL NO. 218
(Yeas 68 – Nays 80 – Absent 3 – Excused 0)
Subsequently, the Minority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was ACCEPTED.
The Bill was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (S-239) was READ and ADOPTED.
Under suspension of the rules, the Bill was given its SECOND READING without REFERENCE to the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-239).
In NON-CONCURRENCE and sent for concurrence.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
|6/11/2015||Senate||On motion by Senator EDGECOMB of Aroostook THE SENATE INSISTED TO ACCEPTANCE OF Majority Ought Not To Pass Report , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
|6/12/2015||House||The House INSISTED on ACCEPTANCE of the Minority Ought to Pass as Amended Report and PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-239).
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)
An Act To Expand the Local Foods Economy
Sec. 1. 7 MRSA 306-A, sub- 2, as enacted by PL 1999, c. 72, 5, is amended to read:
Sec. 2. 7 MRSA 306-A, sub- 3, as amended by PL 2013, c. 64, 1, is further amended to read:
(1) The person to whom the information belongs or pertains has requested that certain information be designated as confidential; and
(2) The commissioner has determined that the information gives the person making the request opportunity to obtain business or competitive advantage over another person who does not have access to the information or will result in loss of business or other significant detriment to the person making the request if access is provided to others; and
Sec. 3. 7 MRSA c. 10-C is enacted to read:
LOCAL FOOD INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM
As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
320-B. Local food infrastructure program; grants and loans
The commissioner shall issue grants under section 306-A for the purpose of conducting market feasibility studies and developing business plans for local food infrastructure operators in this State to connect and enhance relationships between fresh food producers in this State and aggregated and institutional markets, including school food service programs, and purveyors. The commissioner shall issue low-interest loans under subsection 2 and section 435 for the development and operation of local food infrastructure operators in this State based on how well the local food infrastructure operators’ business plans, as reflected in competitive applications, serve to connect and enhance relationships between fresh food producers in this State and aggregated and institutional markets, which may include school food service programs, and purveyors.
The intent of a market feasibility study and business planning process supported by grant funds must be to serve local farms. A business plan must be crafted to maximize the benefits to farms that supply the local food infrastructure operation and to minimize, if not remove, any negative effects of a new local food infrastructure operation on existing farm operations. A business plan must leverage strategically important shared infrastructure to support expansion of agriculture and the value farmers receive for their work. A business plan must seek to provide benefits such as increasing production capacity, creating new jobs and providing new food processing capabilities that meet a significant local demand. An application must receive a higher ranking if it leverages producer operations that provide good stewardship of the land as a natural resource or if the business plan advances development of a simple food chain with a short distance between the producer and the consumer. The commissioner may not award a grant under this subsection to an applicant unless matching funds from the applicant are available in an amount that is no less than 50% of the grant amount.
The commissioner shall, as applicable, consult with the Department of Marine Resources regarding the awarding of grants and loans under this section.
Sec. 4. 7 MRSA 434, sub- 1, as amended by PL 2001, c. 152, 1, is further amended to read:
Sec. 5. 7 MRSA 435, sub- 2, A, as amended by PL 2003, c. 168, 1, is further amended to read:
Sec. 6. 7 MRSA 435, sub- 2, B, as amended by PL 2003, c. 168, 1, is further amended to read:
Sec. 7. 7 MRSA 435, sub- 2, J is enacted to read:
Sec. 8. 10 MRSA 1023-J, first , as amended by PL 2011, c. 380, Pt. OOO, 1 and c. 657, Pt. W, 6, is further amended to read:
The Agricultural Marketing Loan Fund, referred to in this section as the “fund,” is created. The fund must be deposited with and maintained by the Finance Authority of Maine. The fund must be administered by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry in accordance with Title 7, chapter 101, subchapter 1-D. All money received by the Finance Authority of Maine from any source for the development and implementation of an improved agricultural marketing loan program must be credited to the fund. Any money credited to the fund from the issuance of bonds on behalf of the State for financing loans for agricultural enterprises may be used only for the following purposes: to provide assistance to agricultural enterprises in this State for the design, construction or improvement of commodity and storage buildings and packing and marketing facilities; for the purchase, construction or renovation of buildings, equipment, docks, wharves, piers or vessels used in connection with a commercial agricultural enterprise; for the purchase of land in connection with development of new cranberry acreage; for the purchase of land for irrigation reservoirs or to provide direct access to water for irrigation; for the purchase of land necessary for the start-up of a new agricultural enterprise; for the expansion of an existing agricultural enterprise when the land acquisition is necessary to comply with land use regulations; for the development of a business plan in accordance with the provisions of Title 7, section 436-A establishing local food infrastructure operations pursuant to Title 7, chapter 10-C; for improvements to pastureland, including seeding and actions to promote rotational grazing; or, if the commissioner so approves at the time of loan insurance commitment, to pledge money in the fund as security for, and to apply money in the fund to, payment of principal, interest and other amounts due on any term loans insured by the Finance Authority of Maine to an eligible dairy farmer. Repayment of these loans and interest on these loans must be credited to the fund and may be used for the purposes stated in this section or Title 7, section 436. Interest earned on money in the fund and interest earned on loans made from the fund may be used to pay the administrative costs of processing loan applications and servicing and administering the fund and loans and grants made from the fund since the inception of the agricultural marketing loan program, to the extent that these costs exceed the fee for administrative costs established by Title 7, section 435, subsection 4.
Sec. 9. Advisory committee; pilot program. The Maine Food Infrastructure Advisory Committee established in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 7, section 320-B, subsection 3 must include to the extent possible, but is not limited to, representatives of the member entities of the farm-to-school work group established by Resolve 2009, chapter 106. The Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry may establish a local food infrastructure pilot program if insufficient funding is available from the Agricultural Marketing Loan Fund under Title 10, section 1023-J for the local food infrastructure program under Title 7, chapter 10-C. The Maine Food Infrastructure Advisory Committee shall prepare and submit an evaluation of the overall effectiveness of the pilot program to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, the Department of Education and the Department of Marine Resources within 90 days following the completion of the pilot program.
This bill requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to administer programs to support the expansion and coordination of the use of fresh Maine foods in aggregated and institutional markets, including school food service programs.
The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is directed to provide grants under the agricultural development grant program for the purpose of conducting market feasibility studies and developing business plans for local food infrastructure operations in Maine to connect and enhance relationships between fresh food producers in Maine and aggregated and institutional markets, including school food service programs, and food purveyors. The Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry may not award a local foods grant unless the applicant provides matching funds in an amount that is no less than 50% of the grant amount.
The department is also directed to provide loans under the Agricultural Marketing Loan Fund to applicants in diverse geographic areas in the State for the purpose of establishing local food infrastructure operations located in Maine. Prior to awarding a local food infrastructure loan, the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is required to determine that the potential overall impact of a proposal on Maine’s agricultural economy and industry is beneficial to and in the best interest of the State.
The bill also establishes the Maine Food Infrastructure Advisory Committee, which includes representatives of statewide and regional organizations involved in supporting agriculture, public health, the environment and the state economy, including representatives of the member entities of the farm-to-school work group established by Resolve 2009, chapter 106.
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