2005 Session

Budget Amendments - SB700 (Conference Report)

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High-Value Specialty Crops

Item 99 #4c

Item 99 #4c

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Commerce And Trade
Agriculture and Consumer Services, Department of FY2005 $0 FY2006 $275,000 GF

Page 84, line 44, strike "$4,636,361" and insert "$4,911,361".
Page 86, after line 8, insert:
"F.  Out of the amounts for this item shall be provided $275,000 the second year from the general fund to develop and implement a program to facilitate the development and marketing of high-value specialty agricultural production.  The program will gather data on specialty crop production in Virginia, identify resources to help farmers enter into new production, provide marketing support for specialty and value-added agricultural products and, through existing funding sources, provide matching low-interest loans to farmers or cooperatives for pilot projects for new specialty crop ventures."

(This amendment provides $275,000 from the general fund in the second year to work with farmers to develop a program to identify, grow and market value-added agricultural products.)