Agriculture Food Product Promotion Legislation

August 13, 2013
by Amy Ellis, 2013 NCSL Intern

Summary of 2013 Legislation

Twenty two bills in 11 states proposed legislation related to efforts to promote state agricultural food products in 2013: Arkansas (1), Georgia (1), Illinois (1), Maine (2), Michigan (2), Minnesota (2), Missouri (1), North Carolina (1), Nevada (1), New York (8), and Rhode Island (2).

Sixteen of the bills remain pending. Of those, three are being carried over into the next legislative session: GA H 17 and companion bills MN H 874 and MN S 880). Four bills were enacted (AR H 1536, NV S 80, and companion bills RI H 6291 and RI S 513). The two failed bills were both from Maine: ME H 564 and ME H 888.

Trends within the legislation included general promotion of agricultural products (e.g. AR H 1536, the Michigan bills, and MO H 81) and efforts to require schools and other facilities to purchase and provide locally grown food (see NC H 803 and the New York bills).

Just two states in New England—Maine and Rhode Island—proposed such legislation.

Summary of 2012 Legislation

Eleven bills in eight states proposed legislation related to efforts to promote state agricultural food products in 2012: Alabama (2), Connecticut (1), Georgia (1), Idaho (2), Mississippi (2), Missouri (1), Virginia (1), and West Virginia (1).

Five of the bills passed (including adoption of one resolution, MS HCR 112) and the remaining six bills failed. Trends in the 2012 legislation included efforts to bring locally grown food into schools, general promotion of state agricultural food products, and great accessibility of local foods.

Complete List of State Legislation PDF (13-pages)

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