HB1678 (2024) Detail

Establishing a New Hampshire farm to school local food incentive pilot program.


HB 1678-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

15Feb2024... 0381h

2024 SESSION

24-2697

08/02

 

HOUSE BILL 1678-FN

 

AN ACT establishing a New Hampshire farm to school local food incentive pilot program.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Simpson, Rock. 33; Rep. Bordes, Belk. 5; Rep. Wolf, Merr. 7; Rep. Merchant, Sull. 6; Rep. Telerski, Hills. 11; Rep. Vallone, Rock. 5; Rep. M. Murray, Hills. 37; Rep. Knab, Rock. 12; Rep. Massimilla, Graf. 1; Sen. Innis, Dist 7; Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Pearl, Dist 17; Sen. Whitley, Dist 15; Sen. Chandley, Dist 11

 

COMMITTEE: Education

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a New Hampshire farm to school local food incentive pilot 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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

15Feb2024... 0381h 24-2697

08/02

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Four

 

AN ACT establishing a New Hampshire farm to school local food incentive pilot program.

 

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

 

1  New Section; New Hampshire Farm to School Pilot Program.  Amend RSA 425 by inserting after section 2-b the following new section:

425:2-c  New Hampshire Farm to School Pilot Program.

I.  The department of agriculture, markets, and food shall establish a 2-year pilot program to use grants to reimburse New Hampshire school administrative units for money spent to purchase food from New Hampshire and New England producers.  Only school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program shall be eligible for reimbursement grants.

II.  The department shall administer an open grant request for applications (RFA) process, with the goal of awarding funds to one applicant from each county in the state.  A selection committee will be assembled by the department of agriculture to review the received proposals and select those to be submitted for funding through the pilot program.  The selection committee will be made up of 6 individuals qualified because of their knowledge of New Hampshire agriculture, experience with school food service, school nutrition, or farm-to-school processes, shall include one farmer or farmer representative, an expert on childhood nutrition, and may include members from the university of New Hampshire cooperative extension, the department of education, and the department of agriculture, markets, and food.  If each county is not represented in the application process, the selection committee may make a second award to another interested school or school district in another county.

III.  School district applications shall be scored based on criteria and the department shall ensure that the recipients of grants represent a variety of school sizes, geographic locations, and socioeconomic backgrounds.  Awarded school districts shall participate both years of the pilot program.  The department shall develop guidelines for the implementation of the program.  Such guidelines shall establish a formula for reimbursement, including maximum and minimum reimbursement amounts, based on total student enrollment for each school district.  Reimbursement funds may be used to purchase food.

IV.  Foods purchased under this program shall originate in New Hampshire.  Food purchases by school districts shall include food hub purchases, direct purchases from farms, and purchase through conventional distributors.  The place of origin shall be confirmed through self-attestation from the originating producer, or any other means required by the federal government or the department of agriculture.

V.  Eligible foods shall include dairy, fish, pork, beef, poultry, eggs, fruits, vegetables, cider, and maple syrup.  Processed dairy, minimally processed proteins, and minimally processed produce shall be included.  

VI.  Food may be served in the school breakfast, school lunch or fresh fruit and vegetable programs.  School districts making a claim for reimbursement shall submit a copy of the invoices for eligible purchases monthly.  Products shall be reimbursed at 33.3 percent.  After year one of the grant period, all unspent funds will be reallocated between schools in the pilot program to be expended in year 2 of the pilot program as prescribed by this section.  In an event where participating school districts are unable to continue in year 2 of the pilot, an additional RFA will be released for counties that are no longer represented in the program.  At the end of the pilot program, any unused funds shall lapse to the general fund.

VII.  The department may contract with New Hampshire Farm to School to support program coordination and management.

VIII.  The department shall evaluate the pilot program utilizing objective measures including number of schools served, number of districts served, number of total farms participating, number of organic and sustainable farms participating, and other metrics as indicated by the selection committee.  A report shall be provided to the New Hampshire house of representatives environment and agriculture committee and the education committee and the New Hampshire senate energy and natural resources committee and education committee at the end of each fiscal year about the progress of the pilot program.

2  Appropriation: The sum of $120,500 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2025 and the sum of $120,500 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2026, shall be appropriated to the department of agriculture, markets, and food to fund the New Hampshire farm to school local food incentive pilot grant program.  The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for said sum out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBA

24-2697

Amended 3/11/24

 

HB 1678-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2024-0381h)

 

AN ACT establishing a New Hampshire farm to school local food incentive pilot program.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

Estimated State Impact - Increase / (Decrease)

 

FY 2024

FY 2025

FY 2026

FY 2027

Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

Revenue Fund(s)

None

 

Expenditures

$0

$120,500

$120,500

$0

Funding Source(s)

General Fund

 

Appropriations

$0

$120,250

$120,500

$0

Funding Source(s)

General Fund

 

Does this bill provide sufficient funding to cover estimated expenditures? [X] Yes

Does this bill authorize new positions to implement this bill? [X] No

 

 

Estimated Political Subdivision Impact - Increase / (Decrease)

 

FY 2024

FY 2025

FY 2026

FY 2027

Local Revenue

$0

$120,500

$120,500

$0

Local Expenditures

$0

$0

$0

$0

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill establishes a New Hampshire farm to school local food incentive pilot program.

 

This bill appropriates $120,500 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2025 and $120,500 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2026 to the Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food to fund the New Hampshire farm to school local food incentive pilot grant program.  Funds are awarded to school districts that shall participate for both years of the pilot program.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food

 

Amendments

Date Amendment
Feb. 6, 2024 2024-0381h

Links


Date Body Type
Jan. 17, 2024 House Hearing
Jan. 30, 2024 House Exec Session
Jan. 31, 2024 House Exec Session
Jan. 31, 2024 House Floor Vote
March 19, 2024 House Exec Session
March 26, 2024 House Floor Vote
April 23, 2024 Senate Hearing

Bill Text Revisions

HB1678 Revision: 40905 Date: March 12, 2024, 9:43 a.m.
HB1678 Revision: 40737 Date: Feb. 6, 2024, 3:55 p.m.
HB1678 Revision: 40491 Date: Dec. 15, 2023, 4:06 p.m.

Docket


April 17, 2024: Hearing: 04/23/2024, Room 103, SH, 01:30 pm; SC 16


April 16, 2024: Introduced 04/11/2024 and Referred to Finance; SJ 10


April 11, 2024: Ought to Pass: MA DV 191-182 04/11/2024 HJ 11


April 11, 2024: Inexpedient to Legislate: MF RC 179-193 04/11/2024 HJ 11


April 11, 2024: Lay HB1678 on Table (Rep. Osborne): MF DV 181-192 04/11/2024 HJ 11


March 29, 2024: Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass


March 29, 2024: Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate 03/26/2024 (Vote 13-12; RC) HC 14 P. 16


March 13, 2024: Executive Session: 03/19/2024 10:00 am LOB 210-211


March 7, 2024: Division Work Session: 03/13/2024 02:30 pm LOB 212


Feb. 15, 2024: Referred to Finance 02/15/2024 HJ 5


Feb. 15, 2024: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2024-0381h: MA VV 02/15/2024 HJ 5


Feb. 15, 2024: Amendment # 2024-0381h: AA VV 02/15/2024 HJ 5


Feb. 6, 2024: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2024-0381h 01/31/2024 (Vote 17-3; CC) HC 6 P. 4


Jan. 25, 2024: ==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 01/31/2024 10:00 am LOB 205-207


Jan. 25, 2024: ==RECESSED== Executive Session: 01/30/2024 10:00 am LOB 205-207


Jan. 5, 2024: Public Hearing: 01/17/2024 10:00 am LOB 205-207


Dec. 15, 2023: Introduced 01/03/2024 and referred to Education HJ 1