Capitol Roundup is NC Farms Bureau’s weekly video and email report that summarizes key legislative developments and explains in clear terms how those developments affect agriculture.
Governor signs Farm Act and budget into law
Gov. Roy Cooper has signed two bills significant to agriculture following the end of the North Carolina General Assembly’s short session. Both the budget and the Farm Act are now law in North Carolina.
Gov. Cooper signed, SB 762, North Carolina Farm Act of 2022, on July 8. As previously reported, this year’s Farm Act includes a clarification around building and fire code exemptions for farm buildings, which N.C. Farm Bureau had requested. It also calls for a study on the right to repair farm equipment.
And just before the deadline, on July 11, Gov. Cooper signed the budget, HB 103, 2022 Appropriations Act. As previously reported, the 2022 Appropriations Act contains the following provisions relevant to agriculture:
- Additional funding to N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for salary increases and labor market salary adjustments.
- Additional funding to N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for increased operating expenses at research stations to help mitigate increased costs of livestock feed, seeds, fuel, and equipment repair.
- An additional $1.6 million recurring to N.C. A&T State University for Agriculture Research and Cooperative Extension.
- A directed grant of $1.5 million non-recurring to the NC Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation for cost-share assistance to swine farmers for the installation of anaerobic digesters for the production of biogas.
- An additional $10 million non-recurring for the Crop Loss Assistance Program, which covers losses from Tropical Storm Fred and the western N.C. freeze of 2021. In addition to the counties previously eligible for assistance, the following counties were added: Alexander, Cleveland, Lincoln, McDowell, Mitchell, Wilkes, and Yancey.
For more information about these bills or any others of interest, visit the North Carolina General Assembly website, www.ncleg.gov. Bills are searchable by bill number and subject.