ENROLLED 2018 Legislature CS for SB 872, 1st Engrossed 2018872er 1 2 An act relating to young farmers and ranchers; 3 creating s. 570.843, F.S.; creating the Florida Young 4 Farmer and Rancher Advisory Council within the 5 department; specifying membership of the council; 6 providing for staggered terms; specifying the 7 meetings, powers, duties, procedures, and 8 recordkeeping of the council; specifying that the 9 council may submit findings and recommendations to the 10 Commissioner of Agriculture; specifying the issues the 11 council may examine; creating s. 570.844, F.S.; 12 requiring the department to establish a clearinghouse 13 on its website for resources to assist young and 14 beginning farmers and ranchers; providing an effective 15 date. 16 17 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 18 19 Section 1. Section 570.843, Florida Statutes, is created to 20 read: 21 570.843 Florida Young Farmer and Rancher Advisory Council.— 22 (1) There is created within the department the Florida 23 Young Farmer and Rancher Advisory Council, to consist of 12 24 members to be appointed by the commissioner. Initially, 6 25 members shall be appointed by the commissioner for a 1-year term 26 and 6 members for a 2-year term. Thereafter, members shall be 27 appointed for 2-year terms. 28 (2) The meetings, powers, duties, procedures, and 29 recordkeeping of the Florida Young Farmers and Ranchers Advisory 30 Council shall be pursuant to s. 570.232. 31 (3) The council may submit to the commissioner, annually, 32 findings and recommendations for mitigating challenges facing 33 aspiring farmers and ranchers in the early stages of their 34 careers. The council may examine issues that include, but are 35 not limited to, access to land, availability of credit and 36 capital, and access to business skills training. 37 Section 2. Section 570.844, Florida Statutes, is created to 38 read: 39 570.844 Florida Young Farmer and Rancher Resource 40 Clearinghouse.—The department shall establish on its website a 41 clearinghouse for resources available to young and beginning 42 farmers and ranchers, including, but not limited to, local, 43 state, federal, and private sources of grants, loans, and 44 scholarships, as well as general resources on finance and 45 business planning. The clearinghouse also must include resources 46 available to beginning agricultural producers who are veterans 47 as defined in s. 1.01. 48 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.