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.
Conference report makes the following changes to the 7th edition.
Enacts new GS 106-26.3, establishing that it is policy of state of North Carolina to support and promote sound science in agriculture. Defines sound science in agriculture for the purposes of this section. Declares that it is in the interest of the people of the State to use sound science in agriculture to meet the needs of the present and to improve future generations' ability to meet their own needs, while advancing progress toward environmental and economic goals and the well-being of agricultural producers and rural communities.
Deletes Section 14 which prohibited the importation of cervids.
Adds back in Section 14 from the 6th edition, concerning the transfer of the captive cervid program to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The provision is identical to the 6th edition, with the following exceptions. Amends the definition of farmed cervid in GS 106-549.97 by providing that any animal registered or tagged in any licensed captive cervid facility existing within the State as of July 1, 2015 (was, October 1, 2015), is deemed to be a farmed cervid. Deletes the provision which required the Codifier of Rules to retain all temporary amendments in effect for specified rules until they are replaced by permanent rules. Amends GS 113-272.6 by adding that the Wildlife Resources Commission must follow the USDA Standards as defined in GS 106-549.97 and the provisions in set forth in 9 CFR Part 55 and 9 CFR. Part 81 in the implementation of this statute and must not adopt any rule or standard that is in conflict with, in lieu of, or more restrictive than the USDA Standards.
Deletes all of Section 15, which contained proposed changes to GS 106-950 concerning burning of agricultural plastics. Makes conforming changes.
Deletes all of Section 22, which contained language concerning the American Eel Aquaculture Plan pilot project.
Deletes all of Section 28, which established farm winery permits and included changes made to GS 18B-902(d), 18B-1001, 18B-1100, 18B-1103A, 18B-1112, 18B-1114.1, and 18B-1201. Makes conforming changes.
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