SB 815 Creates the Farm Mentoring and Education Authority to administer agricultural education programs to incubate new farms
Sponsor: Goodman
LR Number: 3375S.01I Fiscal Note: 3375-01
Committee: Agriculture, Conservation, Parks & Natural Resources
Last Action: 5/16/2008 - S Informal Calendar S Bills for Perfection--SB 815-Goodman Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2008

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SB 815 - The act creates the Farm Mentoring and Education Authority, which shall be housed within the University of Missouri Extension Service. The Authority shall administer the Farm Mentoring and Education program, which consists of educational programming aimed at helping individuals plan and begin sustainable farm enterprises. The act provides guiding principles for the provision of the educational programming.

The act creates the Farm Mentoring and Education Fund to be administered by the Authority. The act authorizes the General Assembly to appropriate up to $99,000 to the fund per fiscal year. The fund shall be utilized for the educational programming and for salaries for a program director and staff. Any balance in the fund at the end of each biennium in excess of 200% of the previous year's expenditures shall be transferred to the general revenue fund.

The Authority shall rotate the administration of the educational programming to a different extension service region each year.

The provisions of the act sunset after 6 years.

This act is similar to SS/SB 417 (2007) and SB 1222 (2006).

ERIKA JAQUES