2016 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Committee Approved)

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Agricultural Marketing/Business Expansion Program

Item 91 #1h

Item 91 #1h

First Year - FY2017 Second Year - FY2018
Agriculture and Forestry
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services FY2017 $373,944 FY2018 $373,944 GF
FY2017 2.00 FY2018 2.00 FTE

Page 72, line 35, strike "$22,412,142" and insert "$22,786,086".
Page 72, line 35, strike "$22,399,142" and insert "$22,773,086".

Page 74, after line 27, insert:

"L.  Out of the amounts in this item, $373,944 the first year and $373,944 the second year from the general fund and 2.00 full-time equivalent positions shall be used to establish a program of grants to agribusiness for a marketing and business planning activities, including in-depth research, website design, social media strategy, food innovation, packaging design, modernization of facilities and certification."


(This amendment provides $373,944 each year and two positions from the general fund to support a program to provide grants to agribusinesses. The investment will provide $5,000 grants to 30 companies each year and include at least two half-day workshops around the state. This program will be a first-of-its-kind strategic investment in domestic marketing for agriculture and forestry. Many agribusinesses are so focused on farming and production costs it is difficult to balance marketing and business planning tasks.)