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NO. 201.  AN ACT RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL ENERGY AND FUEL PRODUCTION.

(H.602)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  6 V.S.A. § 4710(g) is amended to read:

(g)(1)  The agricultural economic development special account is established as a dedicated sub-account of the Vermont farm viability enhancement program special fund.  There shall be deposited in such account any monies:

(A)  Appropriated by the general assembly to the account; and

(B)  Received by the state or the secretary of agriculture, food and markets from any source, public or private, for use for any of the purposes for which the account was established.

(2)  The fund shall only be used for the purposes of:

(A)  Encouraging private investment in the economic initiative; and

(B)  Providing incentives for technology businesses, determined by the agency of agriculture, food and markets to provide critical technological solutions, for the growth of Vermont’s agricultural economy.

(3)  Assistance from the agricultural economic development special account shall be available for:

(A)  Business and technical assistance for research and planning to aid a farmer or a group of farmers in developing business enterprises that harvest biomass, convert biomass to energy, or produce biofuel;

(B)  Implementation assistance to leverage other sources of capital to assist a farmer or group of farmers in purchasing equipment, technology, or other assistance to produce agricultural energy, harvest biomass, or convert biomass into energy; and

(C)  Business, technical, and implementation assistance to persons that are not farmers for the development and implementation of technology or

development of facilities designed to produce agricultural energy, harvest biomass, convert biomass into energy, provided that the person is working in consultation with a Vermont farm, is creating an enterprise that utilizes Vermont resources, and provides Vermont a significant return on investment and meets any financial and technical criteria established by the secretary by procedure.

Sec. 2.  AGRICULTURAL BIOFUEL PRODUCTION REFERENCE

             WEBSITE

On or before January 31, 2007, the agency of agriculture, food and markets shall create and maintain an internet website comprised of internet links to reference materials for Vermont farmers seeking to invest in and develop energy production on a farm. 

Sec. 3.  6 V.S.A. § 3302 is amended to read:

§ 3302.  DEFINITIONS

As used in this chapter, except as otherwise specified, the following terms shall have the meanings stated below:

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(33)  “Poultry” means any domesticated bird, whether live or dead.

(34)  “Poultry product” means any poultry carcass or part of a carcass; or any product which is made wholly or in part from any poultry carcass or part of a carcass, including quail, pheasant, and partridge, excepting products which are otherwise exempted by the secretary from definition as a poultry product under conditions which he or she may prescribe to assure that the poultry ingredients in products are not adulterated, and that these products are not represented as poultry products.

Sec. 4.  VERMONT SPECIALIST FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN

             AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES, AND FFA

(a)  The department of education, in consultation with the agency of agriculture, food and markets and Vermont Technical College, shall reestablish a specialist in the state for technical education in agriculture, natural resources, and FFA for the 2006–2007 academic year.  The department of education may contract with the agency of agriculture, food and markets or Vermont Technical College in reestablishing the specialist.  The specialist for technical education in agriculture, natural resources, and FFA shall work to:

(1)  assist secondary education programs in the state in developing and implementing curriculum related to agriculture and natural resources;

(2)  encourage students to pursue careers in agriculture and natural resources;

(3)  improve partnerships between secondary education programs in the state and postsecondary educational programs, such as Vermont Technical College, in agriculture and natural resources; and

(4)  advise and assist the statewide FFA organization in its youth leadership, agricultural advancement, and other initiatives.

(b)  Prior to January 15, 2007, the department of education shall report to the house and senate committees on education and the house and senate committees on agriculture regarding the status of the specialist for technical education in agriculture, natural resources, and FFA.  The report shall include:

(1)  a summary of the efforts made by the department of education, the agency of agriculture, food and markets, and Vermont Technical College to review all possible sources of funding to establish the specialist position required in subsection (a) of this section; and

(2)  a recommendation regarding which state agency, state department, or state or private program should administer the specialist position required in subsection (a).

(c)  The funding appropriated to the department of education in fiscal year 2007 for career technical center student organizations shall not be used to fill the specialist position required under subsection (a) of this section.

Approved:  May 30, 2006



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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