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AB-1163 Buy California Program: federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/04/2017 09:00 PM
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Revised  April 17, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 04, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1163


Introduced by Assembly Member Irwin
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Aguiar-Curry, Arambula, Bigelow, Gallagher, Gray, Jones-Sawyer, and Limón)

February 17, 2017


An act relating to specialty crops. agriculture, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1163, as amended, Irwin. Specialty crop funding. Buy California Program: federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
Existing law requires the Department of Food and Agriculture, headed by the Secretary of Food and Agriculture, to promote and protect the agricultural industry of the state. Existing law establishes within the department a public and private collaboration known as the “Buy California Program” to encourage consumer nutritional and food awareness and foster purchases of high-quality California agricultural products. Existing law authorizes the secretary to issue and make effective a marketing agreement, as specified, promoting the program.
This bill would state that it is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would create a matching grant program for the “Buy California” Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to leverage federal and private investment and appropriate transfer $3,000,000 for that purpose. from the General Fund to the Department of Food and Agriculture Fund and appropriate those moneys to the department to be made available for expenditure through the Buy California Program to support the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program through grants and other expenditures. The bill would require that the expenditure of these moneys be made only if the moneys are both fully matched by nonstate sources and used to promote California grown products.
Vote: MAJORITY2/3   Appropriation: NOYES   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares both of the following:
(a) The Buy California Program marketing agreement, authorized by Section 58750 of the Food and Agricultural Code and initiated in 2001, has provided ongoing growth to the sales and consumption of California grown food items, specifically California grown specialty crops.
(b) The Buy California Program has embarked on consumer awareness studies indicating the following:
(1) Fifty-nine percent of California consumers purchase agricultural products specifically because they are from the state.
(2) Virtually every California consumer (99 percent) and national consumer (97 percent) agree that purchasing “CA GROWN” products supports the economy of the United States.
(3) Almost two-thirds (63 percent) of California consumers report that they are “very likely” to purchase a “CA GROWN” product over another seemingly identical product if the products are priced the same.
(4) Among California consumers, 69 percent are willing, and 26 percent are unwilling, to pay a premium for “CA GROWN” products.
(5) Eighty-six percent of California consumers and 54 percent of national consumers report that “CA GROWN” products matter to them.

SEC. 2.

 (a) The sum of three million dollars ($3,000,000) is transferred from the General Fund to the Department of Food and Agriculture Fund and is hereby appropriated to the Department of Food and Agriculture to be made available for expenditure through the Buy California Program, established in Section 58750 of the Food and Agricultural Code, to support the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (Part 1291 (commencing with Section 1291.1) of Chapter XI of Subtitle B of Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations) through grants and other expenditures.
(b) An expenditure of these moneys shall be made only if these moneys are fully matched by nonstate sources, including private and federal sources.
(c) An expenditure of these moneys shall be made only to promote California grown products, including specialty crops, as defined in Section 3 of the federal Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-465; 7 U.S.C. 1621 note) and amended by Section 10010 of the federal Agricultural Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-79), and nonspecialty crops.
SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would create a matching grant program for the “Buy California” Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to leverage federal and private investment and appropriate three million dollars ($3,000,000) for that purpose.

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