CHAPTER 431
MILK INDUSTRY

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Sec. 22-265b. Grants to milk producers.

PART IV
PAYMENTS TO STATE DAIRY FARMERS.
GRANTS TO MILK PRODUCERS

      Sec. 22-265b. Grants to milk producers. (a) For purposes of this section:

      (1) "Federal pay price" means the northeast monthly uniform price for milk at Hartford zone pursuant to the United States Department of Agriculture Northeast Federal Milk Marketing Order;

      (2) "Milk producer" means a person, firm or corporation registered pursuant to section 22-172; and

      (3) "Minimum sustainable monthly cost of production" means eighty-two per cent of the baseline determined by the United States Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service monthly average cost of production for a New England state or, if such baseline is unavailable, a baseline determined by the Commissioner of Agriculture that is based on the data and variables published by the United States Department of Agriculture.

      (b) (1) Commencing on the date the first deposit is made into the agricultural sustainability account established pursuant to section 4-66cc and subject to subdivisions (2) and (3) of this subsection, a milk producer shall be entitled to a grant as specified in this subsection. For each month that the federal pay price is below the minimum sustainable monthly cost of production, the milk producer shall be entitled to an amount equal to the dollar amount such federal pay price was below the minimum sustainable monthly cost of production, multiplied by the amount of milk produced by such milk producer during such month. The Commissioner of Agriculture shall make such grants to such milk producers on a quarterly basis, beginning on the date three months after the first deposit is made into the agricultural sustainability account established pursuant to section 4-66cc. Such grant payments shall be made by the commissioner from said account. In the event the amount of available funds in said account at the time such quarterly grants are due is less than the aggregate amount of grants to which producers are entitled pursuant to this section, the commissioner shall distribute all of the funds in the account to such milk producers on a proportionate basis based on their relative levels of milk production.

      (2) For purposes of calculating a grant due a milk producer pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection, each milk producer or handler, as defined in section 22-127, who receives milk from producers in the state, shall file with the Commissioner of Agriculture, in such form and at such times as said commissioner shall direct, information as to the amount of milk produced by each producer.

      (3) Prior to receiving a grant pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection, a milk producer shall file with the Commissioner of Agriculture, in such form and at such times as said commissioner shall direct, proof that such milk producer has completed an energy audit, as defined in section 16a-38.

      (P.A. 09-229, S. 30; P.A. 11-48, S. 135.)

      History: P.A. 09-229 effective July 1, 2009; P.A. 11-48 amended Subsec. (a)(3) by redefining "minimum sustainable monthly cost of production", made technical changes in Subsec. (b)(1) and deleted former Subsec. (c) re termination of section, effective July 1, 2011.

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