Maine Revised Statutes

§1023-J. Agricultural Marketing Loan Fund

The Agricultural Marketing Loan Fund, referred to in this section as the "fund," is created. The fund must be deposited with and maintained by the Finance Authority of Maine. The fund must be administered by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry in accordance with Title 7, chapter 101, subchapter 1-D. All money received by the Finance Authority of Maine from any source for the development and implementation of an improved agricultural marketing loan program must be credited to the fund. Any money credited to the fund from the issuance of bonds on behalf of the State for financing loans for agricultural enterprises may be used only for the following purposes: to provide assistance to agricultural enterprises in this State for the design, construction or improvement of commodity and storage buildings and packing and marketing facilities; for the purchase, construction or renovation of buildings, equipment, docks, wharves, piers or vessels used in connection with a commercial agricultural enterprise; for the purchase of land in connection with development of new cranberry acreage; for the purchase of land for irrigation reservoirs or to provide direct access to water for irrigation; for the purchase of land necessary for the start-up of a new agricultural enterprise; for the expansion of an existing agricultural enterprise when the land acquisition is necessary to comply with land use regulations; for the development of a business plan in accordance with the provisions of Title 7, section 436-A; for improvements to pastureland, including seeding and actions to promote rotational grazing; or, if the commissioner so approves at the time of loan insurance commitment, to pledge money in the fund as security for, and to apply money in the fund to, payment of principal, interest and other amounts due on any term loans insured by the Finance Authority of Maine to an eligible dairy farmer. Repayment of these loans and interest on these loans must be credited to the fund and may be used for the purposes stated in this section or Title 7, section 436. Interest earned on money in the fund and interest earned on loans made from the fund may be used to pay the administrative costs of processing loan applications and servicing and administering the fund and loans and grants made from the fund since the inception of the agricultural marketing loan program, to the extent that these costs exceed the fee for administrative costs established by Title 7, section 435, subsection 4. [2011, c. 380, Pt. OOO, §1 (AMD); 2011, c. 657, Pt. W, §6 (REV).]

A purchaser of a modern storage facility that was previously financed with a state loan from the Potato Marketing Improvement Fund may receive a loan from the Agricultural Marketing Loan Fund, but not for the same project financed by the Potato Marketing Improvement Fund. Mortgages obtained from the fund may be assumed by subsequent purchasers of the property. [1995, c. 658, §2 (NEW).]

In order to provide monetary support for Maine milk producers, the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry may take actions and direct the Finance Authority of Maine to take actions to provide support including entering into agreements as may be necessary to sell, assign or otherwise pledge amounts in the aggregate principal amount of loans and undivided interests in a pool of loans, and assign or pledge any cash balances in the fund, mortgages or other security to provide assurance that amounts provided as monetary support by the commissioner to milk producers are returned to their original source. [2003, c. 120, §3 (NEW); 2011, c. 657, Pt. W, §6 (REV).]

1995, c. 658, §2 (NEW). 1999, c. 593, §2 (AMD). 1999, c. 769, §7 (AMD). 2001, c. 471, §A12 (AMD). 2003, c. 120, §3 (AMD). 2003, c. 578, §8 (AMD). 2011, c. 380, Pt. OOO, §1 (AMD). 2011, c. 657, Pt. W, §6 (REV).