Bill Summaries: H865 (2023-2024 Session)

  • Summary date: Apr 26 2023 - View summary

    Contains findings regarding the need for financial assistance to support processors of fresh meat and seafood as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the food supply chain. 

    Appropriates $25 million to the Department of Agriculture for each year of teh 2023-25 biennium from the General Fund to provide grants to meat and seafood processors. Provides limitations on the use of funds, including a limitation on providing more than $2 million to supplement grants previously awarded, and no more than 3% of the total funds for technical and administrative support. 

    Directs the Department of Agriculture to develop policies for the disbursement of grants and provides minimum standards for the three categories of grants: capacity enhancement grants, workforce development grants, and planning grants. Defines eligible facilities for grants. Outlines prioritization for the grants, cost-sharing requirements, and clawback provisions. 

    Effective July 1, 2023.