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(505 ILCS 19/) Illinois AgriFIRST Program Act of 2001.

505 ILCS 19/1

    (505 ILCS 19/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Illinois AgriFIRST Program Act of 2001.
(Source: P.A. 92-346, eff. 8-14-01.)

505 ILCS 19/5

    (505 ILCS 19/5)
    Sec. 5. Definitions. In this Act:
    "Agribusiness" means any sole proprietorship, limited partnership, co-partnership, joint venture, corporation, or cooperative that operates or will operate a facility located within the State of Illinois that is related to the processing of agricultural commodities (including, but not limited to, the products of aquaculture, hydroponics, and silviculture) or the manufacturing, production, or construction of agricultural buildings, structures, equipment, implements, and supplies, or any other facilities or processes used in agricultural production. "Agribusiness" includes but is not limited to the following:
        (1) grain handling and processing, including grain
storage, drying, treatment, conditioning, milling, and packaging;
        (2) seed and feed grain development and processing;
        (3) fruit and vegetable processing, including
preparation, canning, and packaging;
        (4) processing of livestock and livestock products,
dairy products, poultry and poultry products, fish or apiarian products, including slaughter, shearing, collecting, preparation, canning, and packaging;
        (5) fertilizer and agricultural chemical
manufacturing, processing, application and supplying;
        (6) farm machinery, equipment, and implement
manufacturing and supplying;
        (7) manufacturing and supplying of agricultural
commodity processing machinery and equipment, including machinery and equipment used in slaughter, treatment, handling, collecting, preparation, canning, or packaging of agricultural commodities;
        (8) farm building and farm structure manufacturing,
construction, and supplying;
        (9) construction, manufacturing, implementation,
supplying, or servicing of irrigation, drainage, and soil and water conservation devices or equipment;
        (10) fuel processing and development facilities that
produce fuel from agricultural commodities or by-products;
        (11) facilities and equipment for processing and
packaging agricultural commodities specifically for export;
        (12) facilities and equipment for forestry product
processing and supplying, including sawmilling operations, wood chip operations, timber harvesting operations, and manufacturing of prefabricated buildings, paper, furniture, or other goods from forestry products; and
        (13) facilities and equipment for research and
development of products, processes, and equipment for the production, processing, preparation, or packaging of agricultural commodities and by-products.
    "Agricultural facility" means land, any building or other improvement on or to land, and any personal properties deemed necessary or suitable for use, whether or not now in existence, in farming, ranching, the production of agricultural commodities (including, but not limited to, the products of aquaculture, hydroponics, and silviculture) or the treating, processing, or storing of agricultural commodities.
    "Agricultural land" means land suitable for agriculture production.
    "Asset" includes, but is not limited to, the following: cash crops or feed on hand; livestock held for sale; breeding stock; marketable bonds and securities; securities not readily marketable; accounts receivable; notes receivable; cash invested in growing crops; net cash value of life insurance; machinery and equipment; cars and trucks; farm and other real estate including life estates and personal residence; value of beneficial interest in trusts; government payments or grants; and any other assets.
    "Department" means the Department of Agriculture.
    "Director" means the Director of Agriculture.
    "Fund" means the Illinois AgriFIRST Program Fund.
    "Grantee" means the person or entity to whom a grant is made from the Fund.
    "Lender" means any federal or State chartered bank, federal land bank, production credit association, bank for cooperatives, federal or state chartered savings and loan association or building and loan association, small business investment company, or any other institution qualified within this State to originate and service loans, including, but not limited to, insurance companies, credit unions, and mortgage loan companies. "Lender" includes a wholly owned subsidiary of a manufacturer, seller or distributor of goods or services that makes loans to businesses or individuals, commonly known as a "captive finance company".
    "Liability" includes, but is not limited to, the following: accounts payable; notes or other indebtedness owed to any source; taxes; rent; amounts owed on real estate contracts or real estate mortgages; judgments; accrued interest payable; and any other liability.
    "Person" means, unless limited to a natural person by the context in which it is used, a person, corporation, association, trust, partnership, limited partnership, joint venture, or cooperative.
    "State" means the State of Illinois.
    "Value-added" means the processing, packaging, or otherwise enhancing the value of farm and agricultural products or by-products produced in Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)

505 ILCS 19/10

    (505 ILCS 19/10)
    Sec. 10. Legislative findings.
    (a) The General Assembly finds that in this State the following conditions exist:
        (1) There exists an inadequate supply of funds at
interest rates sufficiently low to enable persons engaged in agriculture in this State to pursue agricultural or agribusiness operations at present levels.
        (2) The inability to pursue agricultural operations
lessens the supply of agricultural commodities available to fulfill the needs of the citizens of this State.
        (3) The inability to continue operations decreases
available employment in the agricultural sector of the State and results in unemployment and its attendant problems.
        (4) These conditions prevent the acquisition of an
adequate capital stock of farm equipment and machinery, much of which is manufactured in this State, therefore impairing the productivity of agricultural land and causing unemployment or lack of appropriate increase in employment in that manufacturing.
        (5) These conditions are conducive to consolidation
of acreage of agricultural land with fewer individuals living and farming on the traditional family farm.
        (6) These conditions result in a loss in population,
unemployment, and movement of persons from rural to urban areas accompanied by added costs to communities for creation of new public facilities and services.
        (7) There have been recurrent shortages of funds from
private market sources at reasonable rates of interest.
        (8) The ordinary operations of private enterprise
have not in the past corrected these conditions.
        (9) There is a need for value-added products and
processing in this State.
        (10) A stable supply of adequate funds for
agricultural financing is required to encourage family farmers and agribusiness in an orderly and sustained manner and to reduce the problems described in this Section.
    (b) The General Assembly determines and declares that there exist conditions in the State that require the Department to issue grants on behalf of the State for the acquisition and development of agricultural facilities and value-added products and processing.
(Source: P.A. 92-346, eff. 8-14-01.)

505 ILCS 19/15

    (505 ILCS 19/15)
    Sec. 15. Illinois AgriFIRST Program Requirements.
    (a) The Department shall review grant requests for the Illinois AgriFIRST Grant Program that are submitted to the Department. The Department, in reviewing the applications, must consider, but is not limited to considering the following criteria:
        (1) The project has a reasonable assurance of
enhancing the value of agricultural products or will expand agribusiness in Illinois.
        (2) Preliminary market and feasibility research has
been conducted by the applicant or others and there is a reasonable assurance of a potential market.
        (3) The applicant has demonstrated the ability to
manage the business or commercialize the idea.
        (4) There is favorable community support for the
        (5) There are favorable recommendations from local
economic development groups, university-based technical specialists, or other qualified service providers.
        (6) The applicant demonstrates a personal commitment
and a commercialization development plan.
        (7) There is an adequate and realistic budget
        (8) The application meets the eligibility
requirements and the project costs are eligible under this Act.
        (9) The applicant has established a need for the
        (10) The economic impact of the project on the
State's agriculture and agribusiness sector.
    (b) The Department may impose additional or lesser requirements for the grant. Preference for grants shall be given to, but is not limited to, the following:
        (1) Proposals for industrial and nonfood production
processes using Illinois agricultural products.
        (2) Proposals for food, feed, and fiber products that
use Illinois agricultural products and add to the value of Illinois agricultural products.
        (3) Research proposals that have not been duplicated
by other research efforts.
        (4) Proposals that demonstrate that the applicant has
invested his or her own funds, time, and or other valued consideration in the project.
        (5) Proposals that are reasonably expected to result
in a viable commercial application.
        (6) Proposals that have a positive economic impact on
the State's agriculture and agribusiness sector.
(Source: P.A. 92-346, eff. 8-14-01.)

505 ILCS 19/20

    (505 ILCS 19/20)
    Sec. 20. Report. The Director must file with the Governor, the State Treasurer, the Secretary of the Senate, and the Clerk of the House of Representatives, by March 1 of each year, a written report covering the activities of the Department for the previous calendar year. The report is a public record and must be available for inspection at the offices of the Department during normal business hours. The report must include a complete list of (i) all applications for grants under the Illinois AgriFIRST Grant Program during the calendar year; (ii) all persons that have received any form of financial assistance from the Department during the calendar year; and (iii) the nature and amount of all financial assistance.
(Source: P.A. 92-346, eff. 8-14-01.)

505 ILCS 19/25

    (505 ILCS 19/25)
    Sec. 25. Powers of the Department. The Department has the following powers, together with all powers incidental to or necessary for the discharge of those powers:
        (1) To grant its moneys to one or more persons to be
used by those persons to pay the costs of technical assistance and feasibility studies and acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, or improving agricultural facilities for the purpose of adding value to Illinois agricultural commodities. Grants must be on any terms and conditions that the Department determines.
        (2) To grant its moneys to any agribusiness which
operates or will operate a facility located in Illinois for the purposes of adding value to Illinois agricultural commodities. Grants must be on any terms and conditions as the Department requires.
        (3) To contract with lenders or others for the
origination of or the servicing of the grants made by the Department.
        (4) To receive and accept, from any source, aid or
contributions of money, property, labor, or other items of value for furtherance of any of its purposes, subject to any conditions not inconsistent with this Act or the laws of this State pertaining to the contributions, including, but not limited to, gifts, guarantees, or grants from any department, agency, or instrumentality of the United States of America.
        (5) To collect any fees and charges in connection
with its grants, advances, servicing, and other activities that it determines.
        (6) To appoint, employ, contract with, and provide
for the compensation of any employees and agents, including, but not limited to, engineers, attorneys, management consultants, fiscal advisers, and agricultural, silvicultural, and aquacultural experts, that business of the Department requires.
        (7) To make, enter into, and execute any contracts,
agreements, and other instruments with any person, including but not limited to, any federal, State, or local governmental agency and to take any other actions that may be necessary or convenient to accomplish any purpose for which this authority was granted to the Department or to exercise any power expressly granted under this Act.
        (8) To establish funds for financial surety and
escrow accounts.
        (9) To adopt any necessary rules that are consistent
with this Act.
(Source: P.A. 92-346, eff. 8-14-01.)

505 ILCS 19/30

    (505 ILCS 19/30)
    Sec. 30. Liability. The Director, any Department employee, or any authorized person executing grants is not personally liable on the grants and is not subject to any personal liability or accountability by reason of the issuance of the grants.
(Source: P.A. 92-346, eff. 8-14-01.)

505 ILCS 19/35

    (505 ILCS 19/35)
    Sec. 35. Illinois AgriFIRST Program.
    (a) The Department must develop and administer an Illinois AgriFIRST Program to enhance the value of Illinois agriculture products or by-products through grants to current and potential processors. Qualifying persons and agribusinesses must be located in Illinois and must process, package, or otherwise enhance the value of farm products or by-products produced in Illinois.
    The recipient of a grant under this Section must provide a minimum percentage, as determined by the Department, of the total cost of the processing project, with the balance of the project's total cost available from other sources. Other sources include, but are not limited to, commercial and private lenders, leasing companies, and grants. The recipient's match may be in cash, cash-equivalent investments, or bonds, irrevocable letters of credit, or any combination thereof. A grant under this Section may provide (i) up to 75% of the cost for technical assistance to develop a project to enhance the value of agricultural products or to expand agribusiness in Illinois but not to exceed $25,000, (ii) up to 50% of the cost of undertaking feasibility studies, competitive assessments, and consulting or productivity services that the Department determines may result in the enhancement of value-added agricultural products, and (iii) on and after July 1, 2003, up to 10% of the project's total capital construction cost not to exceed $5,000,000, including, but not limited to, (A) purchasing land, (B) purchasing, constructing, or refurbishing buildings, (C) purchasing or refurbishing machinery or equipment, (D) installation, (E) repairs, (F) labor, and (G) working capital. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, the grant moneys may not be used for the purpose of compliance with the provisions of the Livestock Management Facilities Act.
    Grant applications must be made on forms provided by and in accordance with procedures established by the Department. At a minimum, an applicant must be an Illinois resident, as defined by Department rule, and must provide the names, addresses, and occupations of all project owners, the project address, relevant credit and financial information (including, but not limited to, assets and liabilities), and any other information deemed necessary by the Department for review of the grant application.
    (b) All requests for the waiver of any requirements in this Section must be made in writing to the Department. A grant award is subject to modification or alteration under, but is not limited to, the following conditions:
        (1) The grant award is subject to any modifications
that may be required by changes in State law or regulations. The Department shall notify the recipient in writing of any amendment to the regulations and the effective date of those amendments.
        (2) If either the Department or the recipient
requests to modify the terms of the grant award other than as set forth in paragraph (1), written notice of the proposed modification shall be given to the other party. No modification shall take effect unless agreed to in writing by both the Department and the recipient.
    (c) The Illinois AgriFIRST Program Fund is created as a special appropriated fund within the State treasury. Appropriations and moneys from any public or private source may be deposited into the Fund. The Fund shall be used for the purposes of the Illinois AgriFIRST Program Act of 2001. Repayments of grants made under this Section shall be deposited into the Fund.
(Source: P.A. 92-346, eff. 8-14-01.)

505 ILCS 19/40

    (505 ILCS 19/40)
    Sec. 40. Project reporting. The grantee of a funded project shall submit to the Department periodic reports, as specified in the grant agreement, outlining progress, timeline, and budget compliance. Deviations from the agreement may result in the withholding of further funding or in a grant default. A final written report, describing the work performed, results obtained, and economic impact is required within 30 days after a project is completed. The grantee shall also provide a financial report and return any unused funds to the Department consistent with the Illinois Grant Funds Recovery Act. Grantees may be required to submit to the Department the following information: employment reports, federal tax returns or financial statements, and other information as requested by the Department where economic or business conditions may be necessary to determine conformance with grant conditions. The Department may require the financial statements be compiled, reviewed, or audited by an independent accountant at the expense of the grantee at any time for 3 years following the completion of the grant.
(Source: P.A. 92-346, eff. 8-14-01.)

505 ILCS 19/45

    (505 ILCS 19/45)
    Sec. 45. Certification. The Department may develop and implement organic, identity preserved, and value-added certification processes and programs that guarantee a buyer that the certified Illinois products have traits and qualities that warrant a premium price or an increase in added value. The Department may adopt rules setting certification and licensing standards for persons to certify products under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 92-346, eff. 8-14-01.)

505 ILCS 19/50

    (505 ILCS 19/50)
    Sec. 50. Market access. The Department may (i) identify international and domestic consumer preferences, (ii) identify the new markets those preferences indicate, particularly for value-added products, (iii) identify preserved products, (iv) underwrite demonstrations on foreign soils, and (v) provide market analyses and trend projections to farmers and other interested persons.
(Source: P.A. 92-346, eff. 8-14-01.)

505 ILCS 19/55

    (505 ILCS 19/55)
    Sec. 55. Default or termination of grant agreement. If the recipient of a grant violates any of the terms of the grant agreement, the Department shall send a written notice to the recipient that he or she is in default and be given the opportunity to correct the violations.
    (a) If the violation is not corrected within 10 days after receipt of the notification, the Director may take, but is not limited to, one or more of the following actions:
        (1) Declare due and payable the amount of the grant
and cease additional grant payments not yet made to the grantee.
        (2) Take any other action considered appropriate to
protect the interest of the project.
    (b) The Department may determine that a recipient has failed to faithfully perform the terms and conditions of the scope of work of the project when:
        (1) The Department has notified the recipient in
writing of the existence of circumstances such as repeated failure to submit required reports, misapplication of grant funds, failure to match Department funds, evidence of fraud and abuse, repeated failure to meet performance timelines or standards, or failure to resolve negotiated points of the agreement.
        (2) The recipient fails to develop and implement a
corrective action plan within 30 calendar days of the Department's notice.
    (c) A grant may be terminated under, but termination is not limited to, any of the following circumstances:
        (1) In the absence of State funding for a specific
year, all grants that year will be terminated in full. In the event of a partial loss of State funding, the Department may make proportionate cuts to all recipients.
        (2) If the Department determines that the recipient
has failed to comply with the terms and conditions of the grant agreement, the Department may terminate the grant in whole, or in part, at any time before the date of completion.
        (3) The Department may terminate the grant in whole,
or in part, when the Department determines that the continuation of the project would not produce beneficial results commensurate with the further expenditures of funds.
        (4) The recipient may refuse or elect not to complete
the grant agreement and terminate the grant. The recipient shall notify the Department within 10 days after the date upon which performance ceases. The Department may declare due and payable the amount of the grant and may cease additional grant payments not yet made to the grantee.
    (d) Any money collected from the default or termination of a grant shall be placed into the Fund and expended for the purposes of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 92-346, eff. 8-14-01.)

505 ILCS 19/60

    (505 ILCS 19/60)
    Sec. 60. State agriculture planning agency. The Department is the State agriculture planning agency. The Department may accept and use planning grants or other financial assistance from the federal government (i) for statewide comprehensive planning work, including research and coordination activity directly related to agriculture needs; and (ii) for State and interstate comprehensive planning and research and coordination activity related to that planning. All such grants shall be subject to the terms and conditions prescribed by the federal government.
(Source: P.A. 92-346, eff. 8-14-01.)

505 ILCS 19/65

    (505 ILCS 19/65)
    Sec. 65. Construction. This Act is necessary for the welfare of this State and must be liberally construed to effect its purposes.
(Source: P.A. 92-346, eff. 8-14-01.)

505 ILCS 19/805

    (505 ILCS 19/805)
    Sec. 805. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 92-346, eff. 8-14-01; text omitted.)

505 ILCS 19/810

    (505 ILCS 19/810)
    Sec. 810. The Department of Agriculture Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is amended by repealing Section 40.43 as added by Public Act 91-560.
(Source: P.A. 92-346, eff. 8-14-01.)

505 ILCS 19/999

    (505 ILCS 19/999)
    Sec. 999. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 92-346, eff. 8-14-01.)