AN ACT TO PROVIDE REGULATORY RELIEF TO THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY OF NORTH CAROLINA BY PROVIDING FOR VARIOUS TRANSPORTATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL REFORMS AND BY MAKING VARIOUS OTHER STATUTORY CHANGES.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 4th edition.
Deletes proposed changes made to GS 106-737.1, Revocation of conservation agreement, and GS 106-743.2, Conservation agreements for farmland in enhanced voluntary agricultural districts; limitation.
Amends GS 106-950 concerning fires that are exempt from open fire regulations, setting out five specific criteria for when the burning of polyethylene agricultural plastic is allowed, including allowing the burning when it does not violate any State or federal ambient air quality standards and is conducted between an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset (previously, exempted the burning of polyethylene agricultural plastic used in connection with specified agricultural operations when conducted as quickly as possible and in a way that minimizes total emissions from the Article and air permit requirements). Allows the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to adopt rules to implement the provisions of this section.
Amends the provisions for the American Eel Aquaculture Plan pilot project, providing that the Division of Marine Fisheries and the Marine Fisheries Commission cannot issue permits for the harvest and aquaculture of the glass eel stage of American eels in the State until the pilot project has been approved (previously, required the Division and the Marine Fisheries Commission to issue permits for the harvest and aquaculture of American Eels in North Carolina if the pilot program has not been approved by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission by January 1, 2016).
Amends GS 18B-1103A, concerning farm winery permits, adding provisions that allow a winery that produces at least 10,000 gallons of wine per year from honey, grapes, or other fruit or grain grown in NC to be eligible for a farm winery permit. Also adds additional language that prevents such wineries from losing their permits in certain situations and events if they fail to produce 10,000 gallons. Provides that farm wineries cannot exceed the amount of out-of-state grown grapes or juice authorized.
Amends GS 69-25.5, Methods of providing fire protection, making conforming and technical changes reflecting the transfer of the NC Forest Service from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services pursuant to SL 2011-145, Section 13.25.
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