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S.290

Introduced by   Senator Kittell of Franklin District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Agriculture; water quality

Statement of purpose:  This bill would expand eligibility for state financial assistance awards for activities related to the reduction of agricultural waste discharges.

AN ACT RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL WATER QUALITY FINANCING

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

Sec. 1.  6 V.S.A. § 4828 is added to read:

§ 4828.  CAPITAL EQUIPMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

(a)  The capital assistance program is created in the agency of agriculture, food and markets to provide the farms of Vermont with state financial assistance for the purchase of equipment or service to conduct nutrient management, soil tillage, or crop transportation.  The following shall be eligible for assistance under the grant program:

(1)  purchase of capital equipment to conduct nutrient management, soil tillage, or crop transportation; and

(2)  purchase of contract services to conduct nutrient management, including contracting with custom spreaders for application of manure.

(b)  Assistance under this section shall in each fiscal year be allocated according to the following priorities and as further defined by rule by the secretary:

(1)  First priority shall be given to capital equipment or contract services to be used at a farm site, which is located in descending order:

(A)  within the boundaries of the Lake Champlain Basin; and

(B)  the Connecticut River Basin.

(2)  Next priority shall be given to proposed improvements on all other individual farms.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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