HARTKE, O'BRIEN, FOWLER, DANIELS, BLACK, JONES,JOHN,
WAIT, WINKEL, WINTERS, STEPHENS, MOFFITT, BOST,
CURRY,JULIE, MITCHELL,BILL, TURNER,JOHN, O'CONNOR,
BERNS AND RIGHTER.
AGFIRST INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOP
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Creates the Illinois AgFirst Infrastructure Development Act.
Requires the Department of Agriculture to establish a Crises Safety
Net Response Program to provide job training and employment services
for farmers and farm workers. Creates a value-added virtual equity
loan and grant program to promote value-added processing of Illinois
farm products. Creates the Enhanced Value-Added Agriculture
Production Guarantee Program to provide State Guarantees for loans to
finance or refinance debts for specialized agri-businesses that engage
in the process of adding value to agricultural products. Requires the
Department to adopt an agriculture management curriculum. Creates the
Illinois Agricultural Small Business Authority within the Department
to provide technical and managerial assistance to new-generation
co-ops and small agri-businesses. Creates the Agri-business Outreach
Program within the Department to provide assistance to the public, the
General Assembly, the Governor's Office, and State and local
government agencies. Requires the Department to develop a voluntary
certification process that guarantees buyers that certified products
warrant a premium price. Requires the Department to identify consumer
preferences; identify new markets; identify preserved products;
underwrite certain demonstrations; and provide market analyses and
trend projections to interested persons. Repealed on July 1, 2005.
Effective July 1, 2001.
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Allows (instead of requires) the Department of Agriculture to
establish a Crisis Safety Net Response Program to provide job training
and employment services for farmers and farm workers. Provides that
grants under the value-added virtual equity program may not exceed 10%
(instead of 50%) of the project's total cost. Provides that State
Guarantees under the Enhanced Value-Added Agriculture Production
Guarantee Program may not exceed $5,000,000 (instead of $1,000,000)
per applicant. Deletes provisions concerning the certification
process for Illinois products that have traits and qualities that
warrant a premium price. Makes technical corrections. Provides that
the aggregate amount of State guarantees to any applicant may not
exceed $5,000,000 (instead of $1,000,000).
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 2.
Adds reference to:
5 ILCS 120/1.02 from Ch. 102, par. 41.02
30 ILCS 105/5.545 new
20 ILCS 205/40.43 rep.
Deletes everything. Creates the Illinois Agriculture
Infrastructure Development Act of 2001. Creates the Infrastructure
Development Advisory Board for Agriculture in the Department of
Agriculture. Provides for the appointment of members to the Board.
Sets the powers and duties of the Board. Requires the Director of
Agriculture to annually report to the Governor, the State Treasurer,
the Secretary of the Senate, and the Clerk of the House of
Representatives on the Department of Agriculture's activities during
the previous calendar year. Creates an Agriculture Infrastructure
Development Grant Program to promote the value-added processing of
Illinois' agricultural products. Requires grant recipients to submit
periodic reports to the Department of Agriculture. Contains other
provisions. Amends the Open Meetings Act. Provides that the
Infrastructure Development Advisory Board for Agriculture is subject
to the provisions of the Open Meetings Act. Amends the State Finance
Act to create the Agriculture Infrastructure Development Fund.
Repeals a provision of the Department of Agriculture Law of the Civil
Administrative Code of Illinois concerning the Illinois Value-Added
Agricultural Enhancement Program. Effective immediately.
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE
Last action date: JAN-07-2003
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 2 SENATE - 0
END OF INQUIRY
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