S.1310 - Long-Term Economic Assistance for Farmers Act105th Congress (1997-1998)
Summary: S.1310 — 105th Congress (1997-1998)
Introduced in Senate (10/23/1997)
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Title I: Tobacco Community Revitalization Trust Fund
Title II: Agricultural Market Transition Assistance
Title III: Farmer and Worker Transition Assistance
Title IV: Immunity
Long-Term Economic Assistance for Farmers Act or the Leaf Act - Title I: Tobacco Community Revitalization Trust Fund - Establishes in the Treasury the Tobacco Community Revitalization Trust Fund to be used for: (1) payments for lost tobacco quota revenue; (2) industry payments for Department of Agriculture tobacco-related costs; (3) tobacco community development grants; (4) tobacco worker transition assistance; and (5) education opportunity grants.
(Sec. 102) Sets forth tobacco manufacturer and importer Fund assessment provisions.
Title II: Agricultural Market Transition Assistance - Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to make payments to: (1) eligible tobacco quota holders, lessees, and tenants for lost tobacco quota resulting from decreased domestic tobacco production; (2) reimburse the Department for tobacco program-related costs; and (3) States for tobacco community economic development grants.
(Sec. 204) Amends the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938 to provide for referenda on proposed tobacco quota changes within a State.
Amends the Agricultural Act of 1949 to eliminate the tobacco producer, purchaser, or importer marketing assessment.
Makes a conforming amendment to the Uruguay Round Agreements Act.
Title III: Farmer and Worker Transition Assistance - Sets forth group eligibility requirements under the tobacco worker transition program. Authorizes through a certain date the use of specified Fund amounts for such program.
(Sec. 302) Amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to authorize through a certain date a higher education farmer opportunity grant program for qualifying tobacco farm families.
Title IV: Immunity - Grants tobacco producers, growers associations, or warehouse owners and employees immunity from any action resulting from a tobacco product manufacturer's, distributor's, or retailer's noncompliance with national tobacco settlement legislation.