Bill Summary for H 378 (2015-2016)

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Mar 27 2015

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 378 (Public) Filed Thursday, March 26, 2015
AN ACT TO PROVIDE ALTERNATE FORMS OF DOCUMENTATION FOR PARTICIPATION IN CERTAIN AGRICULTURAL COST-SHARE PROGRAMS.
Intro. by Whitmire, Holloway, West, Presnell.

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As the title indicates.

Under current law, the Agriculture Cost Share Program for Nonpoint Source Pollution Control, created, implemented, and supervised by the Soil and Water Conservation Commission, has as its purpose to reduce the input of agricultural nonpoint source pollution into the watercourses of the state. Amends GS 106-850(b)(10) to provide that to be eligible for cost share funds under this program, each applicant must meet the definition of a bona fide farm as described by GS 153A-340(b)(2).

Under current law, the Agricultural Water Resources Assistance Program,implemented by the Soil and Water Conservation Commission, states that its purposes are to: identify opportunities to increase water use efficiency, availability, and storage; implement best management practices to conserve and protect water resources; increase water use efficiency; and increase water storage and availability for agricultural purposes. Amends GS 139-60(c1) to provide that to be eligible for assistance under this program, each applicant must meet the definition of a bona fide farm as described by GS 153A-340(b)(2).

Deletes previous provisions requiring additional documentation under each statute for an applicant to establish eligibility to participate in these programs.

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