2000 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Conference Report)

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Agricultural Vitality Program

Item 93 #1c

Item 93 #1c

First Year - FY2001 Second Year - FY2002
Commerce And Trade
Agriculture and Consumer Services, Department of FY2001 $65,000 FY2002 $50,000 GF
FY2001 1.00 FY2002 1.00 FTE

Page 62, line 27, strike "$7,217,975" and insert "$7,282,975".
Page 62, line 27, strike "$7,245,812" and insert "$7,295,812".
Page 62, line 35, before "All", insert "A."
Page 62, after line 36, insert:
"B.1.  Out of the amounts for this Item, $65,000 the first year and $50,000 the second year from the general fund shall be provided to establish the Virginia Agricultural Vitality Program.  In establishing this program, the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in cooperation with one representative each from the Farm Bureau, the American Farm Land Trust, the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation, the Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the Department of Business Assistance, shall develop standards for (1) local Purchase of Development Rights programs; (2) criteria and a process for certification of local programs for eligibility; (3) a method and source of revenue for allocating funds to localities to purchase agricultural conservation easements; and (4) creating and administering the Virginia Farm Link program.
2.  The Farm Link program shall provide state assistance in the transition of farm businesses and properties from retiring farmers to active farmers.  This assistance includes the preparation of business plans for the transition of business interests; matching of existing properties and agricultural operations to buyers; information on innovative techniques and methods; and advice and research assistance on agricultural, financial, marketing, and other matters."

(This amendment provides $115,000 of funding and one position to develop and implement the Virginia Agricultural Vitality Program. The program's intent is to keep small farmers in business and agricultural lands in production.)