SB10 (2017) Detail

Relative to dairy farmer relief.


CHAPTER 27

SB 10-FN - FINAL VERSION

 

02/09/2017   0136s

23Mar2017... 0762h

23Mar2017... 1040h

04/06/2017   1394EBA

2017 SESSION

17-0247

08/10

 

SENATE BILL 10-FN

 

AN ACT relative to dairy farmer relief.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Morse, Dist 22; Rep. Hinch, Hills. 21; Rep. Umberger, Carr. 2

 

COMMITTEE: Energy and Natural Resources

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill creates a program to repay licensed milk producers from losses they may have incurred during the 2016 drought.  

 

This bill also makes an appropriation to the department of agriculture, markets and food to fund the New Hampshire dairy producer drought relief program.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

02/09/2017   0136s

23Mar2017... 0762h

23Mar2017... 1040h 17-0247

04/06/2017   1394EBA 08/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT relative to dairy farmer relief.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

27:1  Findings.  The general court finds that many New Hampshire permitted or licensed milk producers have suffered significant financial loss as a result of diminished crops due to the drought during 2016.  As a result, several permitted or licensed milk producers have ceased milk production.  These farms enhance our natural landscape through their pastures, forests, and agricultural structures, from which our citizens derive great pleasure and to which so many of our tourists are attracted.  Also locally-produced milk is important to the state's ability to feed itself and the farms on which milk is produced help maintain vital agricultural services in our communities.

27:2  New Subdivision; New Hampshire Dairy Producer Drought Relief Program.  Amend RSA 184 by inserting after section 111 the following new subdivision:

New Hampshire Dairy Producer Drought Relief Program

184:112  Definitions.  In this subdivision:

I.  "Department" means the department of agriculture, markets, and food.

II.  "Forages" means hay, haylage, silage, and pasture.

III.  “Homegrown feed” means forages and grain, or a composite in any combination grown on land owned or leased by the producer.

IV.  “New producer” means a producer who initiated milk production in 2016.

V.  “Producer” means a dairy farmer, as permitted or licensed under this chapter, engaged in the business of producing milk in New Hampshire and sold wholesale or retail for any purpose.

184:113  Implementation.

I.  In order to qualify for the New Hampshire dairy producer drought relief program, a producer shall complete and submit an application in which the department shall be provided proof of homegrown feed loss due to drought along with records of milk production for the 2016 calendar year.

II.  The department shall design and provide such forms and applications as necessary to calculate and process the program and shall supply such forms and applications to any producer upon request.

III.  Any producer electing to participate in the New Hampshire dairy drought relief program shall complete and submit an application no later than 30 days after the effective date of this subdivision.

IV.  For the purposes of verification of an application and claim, such records and data kept by the producer or producer’s agent, the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service Dairy Marketing Program, the university of New Hampshire cooperative extension service, Dairy Marketing Services LLC, or the producer’s lender, cooperative, insurance agent, crop insurance representative, or processor shall be provided to the department along with the completed application.  The department shall review such records and data in support of an application.

V.  A new producer’s annual milk production for 2016 shall be prorated based on its actual milk production.

VI.  The applicant producer shall sign a release allowing the department access to production and crop records and permit the department on-site access for program verification purposes.  The producer shall allow the department to make random inspections and audits of records, as necessary, in order to verify production.  Information provided to the department is proprietary to the producer and the department and is to be used solely for program verification and determining payment.  In no way shall such information provided be made public except for (a) the  percentage of homegrown feed loss approved by the department, and (b) total payment to the producer.

VII.  The applicant producer shall sign a form provided by the department attesting, to the best of the producer’s knowledge, that the records and data provided by the producer are accurate and truthful.

184:114  Calculation of Payment.

I.  The homegrown cost of feed shall be $6.10 per hundredweight of milk produced.

II.  To arrive at the amount to be paid to the producer, the cost of feed in paragraph I shall be multiplied by the percentage of homegrown feed loss in 2016 over either the year 2015 due to drought or the year 2014 due to drought, at the producer's discretion, and that product shall be multiplied further by the producer's total milk production in hundredweight of milk produced in 2016.  There shall be subtracted from that amount any drought-related payments received by the producer from the federal government.

III.  Proof of loss shall be in the form of a notice of loss or other typical documentation of loss from a competent authority, including but not limited to such agencies as the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency or crop insurance agent.

IV.  If the amount appropriated for dairy producer drought relief by the general court is insufficient to pay each producer entirely and in whole in the manner as outlined in this section, any such final distribution shall be prorated and reduced proportionally for the benefit of all the producer applicants.  The reduced amount shall then be distributed accordingly.

V.  Any unexpended funds, after final distribution, shall be returned to the general fund.

VI.  Should a producer cease to be a producer for any reason on or before December 31, 2020, the producer shall reimburse the state the entire amount paid to the producer under this program.  The department of health and human services, dairy sanitation program (dairy sanitation) shall provide the department of justice a list of all permitted or licensed dairies.  This list shall be provided on December 31 of each year from 2017 through 2020.  Should the department of justice find that any producer is no longer permitted or licensed under this chapter by dairy sanitation then the department of justice shall collect reimbursement for the state of the amount paid to the producer.

VII.  The administration and distribution of any funds appropriated for the purposes of this subdivision shall be administered by the department, which shall be exempt from the provisions of RSA 541-A.

27:3  Appropriation.  There is hereby appropriated to the department of agriculture, markets, and food the sum of $2,000,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017 to pay milk producers permitted or licensed under RSA 184 for relief from the 2016 drought under RSA 184:112 through RSA 184:114.

27:4  Milk Producers Emergency Fund Board; Membership.  Amend RSA 184:109, I(a) to read as follows:

(a)  The commissioner, or designee.

27:5  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

 

Approved: April 25, 2017

Effective Date: April 25, 2017

 

 

 

Links

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Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 24, 2017 Senate Hearing
Feb. 9, 2017 Senate Floor Vote
Feb. 23, 2017 Senate Floor Vote
March 7, 2017 House Hearing
March 7, 2017 House Exec Session
March 23, 2017 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB10 Revision: 1566 Date: April 26, 2017, 10:34 a.m.
SB10 Revision: 1567 Date: April 14, 2017, 1:49 p.m.
SB10 Revision: 1568 Date: March 29, 2017, 8:08 a.m.
SB10 Revision: 1569 Date: Feb. 17, 2017, 4:48 p.m.
SB10 Revision: 1570 Date: Jan. 25, 2017, 10:58 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 5, 2017 Introduced 01/05/2017 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources; SJ 4
Jan. 24, 2017 Hearing: 01/24/2017, Room 103, SH, 10:00 am; SC 7
Feb. 9, 2017 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-0136s, 02/09/2017; SC 9
Feb. 9, 2017 Committee Amendment # 2017-0136s, AA, VV; 02/09/2017; SJ 5
Feb. 9, 2017 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2017-0136s, RC 19Y-3N, MA; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; 02/09/2017; SJ 5
Feb. 23, 2017 Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 02/23/2017; SC 11
Feb. 23, 2017 Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 02/23/2017; SJ 7
Feb. 16, 2017 Introduced 02/16/2017 and referred to Environment and Agriculture HJ 8 P. 44
March 7, 2017 Public Hearing: 03/07/2017 10:00 AM LOB 303
March 7, 2017 Executive Session: 03/07/2017 LOB 303
March 23, 2017 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-0762 for 03/23/2017 (Vote 18-0; RC) HC 16 P. 5
March 23, 2017 Lay on Table (Rep. Sylvia): MF RC 91-261 03/23/2017 HJ 11 P. 9
March 23, 2017 Amendment # 2017-0762h: AA VV 03/23/2017 HJ 11 P. 8
March 23, 2017 FLAM # 2017-1045h (Rep. True): AF RC 91-260 03/23/2017 HJ 11 P. 11
March 23, 2017 FLAM # 2017-1040h (Rep. Kurk): AA VV 03/23/2017 HJ 11 P. 14
March 23, 2017 Ought to Pass with Amendment 0762h and 1040h: MA RC 257-96 03/23/2017 HJ 11 P. 14
March 23, 2017 Referred to Finance 03/23/2017 HJ 11 P. 16
March 23, 2017 Referral Waived by Committee Chair per House Rule 46(f) 03/23/2017 HJ 11 P. 16
March 23, 2017 Reconsider SB 10 (Rep. Hinch): MF VV 03/23/2017 HJ 11 P. 16
April 6, 2017 Sen. D'Allesandro Moved to Concur with the House Amendments, MA, VV; 04/06/2017; SJ 13
April 6, 2017 Enrolled Bill Amendment # 2017-1394e: AA VV 04/06/2017 HJ 13 P. 63
April 6, 2017 Enrolled Bill Amendment # 2017-1394e Adopted, VV, (In recess of 04/06/2017); SJ 13
April 6, 2017 Enrolled 04/06/2017 HJ 13 P. 63
April 6, 2017 Enrolled (In recess 04/06/2017); SJ 14
April 25, 2017 Signed by the Governor on 04/25/2017; Chapter 0027; Effective 04/25/2017