HOUSE BILL No. 5506

 

March 21, 2012, Introduced by Reps. Meadows, Bauer, Hammel, Dillon, Slavens, Irwin and Cavanagh and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

 

     A bill to establish a grant program for the purchase of local

 

farm products by schools; to establish criteria for awarding those

 

grants; and to prescribe the powers and duties of certain state and

 

local agencies and officials.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "farm-

 

to-school grant act".

 

     Sec. 2. As used in this act:

 

     (a) "Department" means the department of agriculture and rural

 

development.

 

     (b) "Farm product" means that term as defined in section 2 of

 

the Michigan right to farm act, 1981 PA 93, MCL 286.472.

 

     (c) "Farmer" means a person engaged in a farm operation as

 

that term is defined in section 2 of the Michigan right to farm

 


act, 1981 PA 98, MCL 286.472.

 

     (d) "Grant" means a farm-to-school grant as provided for in

 

this act.

 

     (e) "Grant applicant" means a school or a technical assistance

 

provider on behalf of a school.

 

     (f) "Public school academy" means that term as defined in

 

section 5 of the revised school code, 1976 PA 451, MCL 380.5.

 

     (g) "School" means 1 or more school districts, public school

 

academies, or nonpublic schools.

 

     (h) "School district" means that term as defined in section 6

 

of the revised school code, 1976 PA 451, MCL 380.6.

 

     (i) "Technical assistance provider" means an individual

 

determined by the department to be skilled and qualified in

 

assisting a school in applying for and fulfilling the purpose of a

 

grant.

 

     Sec. 3. (1) The department shall establish a farm-to-school

 

grant program. The grant program shall be designed to encourage the

 

purchase of farm products from local farmers and producers of farm

 

products for use in a school food service program. A grant may be

 

issued to fund equipment, resources, training, or materials for use

 

in a school food service program.

 

     (2) A grant shall not exceed $15,000.00 per grant applicant.

 

     (3) The department may accept money from state appropriations,

 

federal grant programs, private donations, or any other source to

 

fund the program.

 

     Sec. 4. The department shall utilize existing programs and

 

partnerships to develop and implement opportunities for local

 


farmers and producers of farm products to sell farm products to

 

schools.

 

     Sec. 5. (1) The department, in conjunction with grant

 

recipients, shall do both of the following:

 

     (a) Identify local farmers and producers of farm products, and

 

processors and suppliers of farm products, and disseminate

 

information on food procurement procedures at schools in their

 

vicinity.

 

     (b) Assist schools in obtaining local farm products.

 

     (2) The department shall cooperate with commodity groups,

 

growers, and producer organizations to utilize existing web-based

 

marketing tools for purposes of this act.

 

     Sec. 6. The department, in consultation with farmers and

 

producers of farm products and schools, may promulgate rules under

 

the administrative procedures act of 1969, 1969 PA 306, MCL 24.201

 

to 24.328, to establish the criteria for awarding grants and for

 

the administration of this act.