2016 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Committee Approved)

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Virginia Farm Business Development Program

Item 91 #7s

Item 91 #7s

First Year - FY2017 Second Year - FY2018
Agriculture and Forestry
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services FY2017 $125,000 FY2018 $250,000 GF

Page 72, line 36, strike "$22,412,142" and insert "$22,537,142".
Page 72, line 36, strike "$22,399,142" and insert "$22,649,142".

Page 74, following line 27, insert:

"L.  Out of the amounts in this Item, $125,000 the first year and $250,000 the second year from the general fund shall be used to establish the Virginia Farm Business Development Program.  This program shall provide farmers and small agribusinesses that qualify under guidelines as established by the Department with grants not to exceed $5,000 to assist with business planning, market research, and other related activities.  Of these amounts, one position shall manage the program and conduct regional workshops on marketing and business development.  Not later than September 1, 2016, the Department shall report to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Committee on Finance on the efforts undertaken by the Department to establish the program, the grant guidelines, and the number of grants awarded.".


(This amendment establishes the Farm Business Development Program to assist farmers and small agribusinesses with business planning activities. The program will provide grants of $5,000 to agribusinesses to pay for a number of different types of business development activities including in-depth market research, food innovation, packaging design, legal assistance, accounting services, and general business planning.)