91st General Assembly
Summary of HB2605
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RIVER-FRIENDLY FARMER PROGRAM                                              

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Creates the Illinois River-Friendly Farmer Program  Act.  Directs      
   the  Department  of  Agriculture  to  establish a program to recognize      
   farmers helping to clean up the  State's  rivers.  Sets  criteria  for      
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                 
        Changes the title of the  Act  to  the  Illinois  Rivers-Friendly      
   Farmer  Program  Act  and changes the title of the program in the same      
   manner. Provides that farmers  seeking  the  "Rivers-Friendly  Farmer"      
   designation may apply to the Department of Agriculture or to an agency      
   designated  by  the  Department  by  rule.  Provides  that in order to      
   qualify for the designation, farmers must keep  crop  land  soil  loss      
   within  levels  set  by  the  State's  Erosion  and  Sediment  Control      
   Guidelines, must apply fertilizer in a manner consistent with Illinois      
   Agronomy  Handbook  guidelines, and must apply manure in a manner that      
   minimizes contamination within 200 feet, rather  than  300,  of  areas      
   needing special protection.                                                 
        SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                
        Revises the criteria for earning the designation "Rivers-Friendly      
   Farmer"  that  relate  to  vegetative  filter  strips  and  government      
   conservation program participation.  Provides that the  Department  of      
   Agriculture  may  collect an administrative filing fee of $15 for each      
   application for the designation, plus an amount equal to the cost of a      
   sign that designates a farmer as a "Rivers-Friendly Farmer".  Provides      
   that all moneys collected by the Department shall be  deposited  in  a      
   promotional  trust,  as  provided  in the Civil Administrative Code of      
   Illinois, to be used for the purposes of the program, as authorized by      
   the Rivers-Friendly Farmer Program Act.                                     
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 91-0570

   Last action date: 99-08-14

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   1     SENATE -   1


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