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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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S.370

Introduced by Committee on Agriculture

Date:

Subject:  Agriculture; food processing

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to provide funds for the establishment of the Vermont Food Venture Center initiative and to make the Vermont secretary of agriculture, food and markets a member of the UVM board of trustees.

AN ACT RELATING TO FUNDING FOR A FOOD PROCESSING CENTER AND THE UVM BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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

Sec. 1.  FINDINGS

The general assembly finds that value‑added agriculture is an emerging sector of Vermont’s economy.  To advance the progress and potential in new food and agriculture processing and businesses, the Vermont Food Venture Center is expanding its mission to include meat and dairy processing.  To meet these new demands and opportunities for value‑added products, the Food Venture Center is building a new facility in the Hardwick Industrial Park.  This new facility will expand the potential for not only specialty food products, but will create new opportunities for meat, cheese, and other dairy products.  Federal funding for the Vermont Food Venture Center needs a state‑supported match of $500,000.00.  This investment by the state will enable the Venture Center to help foster the need and interest in new products and new businesses, building a stronger agriculture economy and creating new jobs.

Sec. 2.  APPROPRIATION

In fiscal year 2009, $500,000.00 is appropriated from the general fund to the agency of agriculture, food and markets to support a grant for the Vermont Food Venture Center initiative previously supported by a feasibility grant from the general assembly.

Sec. 3.  16 V.S.A. App. § 1.2 is amended to read

§ 1-2.  Board of trustees; membership, terms of service; presiding chair

The board of trustees of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College shall be composed of 25 26 members, whose term of office shall be six years, except as to those who are members ex officio and to those who are student members.  The secretary of agriculture, food and markets shall be a member ex officio.  Three members shall be appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate.  During the legislative session of 1955, the governor shall appoint one member for a term of two years, one member for a term of four years, and one member for a term of six years and it shall be the duty of the governor during the session of the legislature prior to expiration of the term of office of any of the members to appoint for the term of six years a successor to the member whose term is expiring.  The terms of office of the trustees shall expire on the last day of February in the respective years of expiration, and the terms of office of their successors shall thereafter begin on March 1 and expire on the last day of February.

Nine members shall be those who have been heretofore elected by the legislature as members of the board of trustees of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, and whose terms have not expired, and their successors, and it shall be the duty of the legislature at its session during which the terms of office of any class of the members expire to elect three successor members for terms of six years.  The terms shall commence on March 1 in the year of election.  The secretary of agriculture, food and markets, and nine trustees and their successors shall also constitute the board of trustees of the Vermont Agricultural College.

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Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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