Program Authorization: R.S. 36:628
Purchased seed, fertilizers, and pesticides are vital commodities to agriculture in the state. The mission of the Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Program is to ensure that Louisiana farmers receive sound quality ingredients for the production of food and fiber in an environmentally safe manner so that the health and vitality of the people of Louisiana are best served. The goal of this program is to assure that feed, fertilizer, horticultural products, pesticides and seeds meet quality standards. Towards this end, this program conducts activities to sample and inspect these materials, enforce material quality requirements and to assist farmers to properly apply them for maximum economy and safety. The activities of this program are: Administrative, Agronomic, Pesticide, Agricultural Chemistry, Feed Commission, and Seed Commission.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. The Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Program will ensure no other states reject Louisiana horticulture products based on disease or pests in FY 1998-99.
2. The Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Program will reduce the incidents of verified environmental contamination of improper pesticide application by 10% in FY 1998-99.
3. In FY 1998-99, the Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Program will ensure that all feeds, fertilizers and agricultural lime sold in Louisiana meet guarantees and standards or that farmers are fully indemnified by the seller.
4. The Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Program will prevent Louisiana from becoming a dumping ground for low quality seeds and will enable consumers to purchase superior new crop varieties grown within established production boundaries during FY 1998-99.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with state general fund, fees and self-generated revenues, statutory dedications and federal funds. Fees and self-generated revenues are derived from license fees, inspection fees, permits, fines and examination fees. Statutory dedications are derived from tonnage fees on feed. (Per R.S. 39:32B.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) Federal funds are received from the Environmental Protection Agency - Enforcement and Certification Programs and Imported Fire Ant Program.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 95.0% of the existing operating budget. It represents 87.1% of the total request ($15,347,807) for this program. The increase in general fund is primarily associated with the adjustment for acquisitions. The decrease in the total means of financing is due to the acquisition adjustment and the removal of noncollectable boll weevil revenue.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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