HOUSE BILL No. 1011
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 4-4-32.
Synopsis: Agritourism council. Establishes the agritourism council
(council). Requires the department of commerce to provide staff for the
council. Requires the council to promote agritourism in Indiana.
Requires the council to submit an annual report to the governor and to
the legislative services agency.
Effective: July 1, 2004.
December 4, 2003, read first time and referred to Committee on Rules and Legislative
Second Regular Session 113th General Assembly (2004)
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HOUSE BILL No. 1011
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state
offices and administration.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 4-4-32; (04)IN1011.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 4-4-32 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS
CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
Chapter 32. Agritourism Council
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "agritourism" means the act of
visiting a working farm or any agricultural, horticultural, or
agribusiness operation for purposes of enjoyment, education, or
active involvement in the activities of the farm or operation.
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "commissioner" refers to the
commissioner of agriculture.
Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "council" refers to the
agritourism council established by section 6 of this chapter.
Sec. 4. As used in this chapter, "department" refers to the
department of commerce or any successor agency.
Sec. 5. As used in this chapter, "director" refers to the director
of the department.
Sec. 6. The agritourism council is established.
Sec. 7. The council consists of the following twenty-one (21)
(1) The commissioner.
(2) The governor or the governor's designee.
(3) The presiding officer of the state fair commission or the
presiding officer's designee selected from members of the
state fair commission.
(4) The chairperson and the ranking minority member of the
standing committee or study committee of the house of
representatives that is concerned with agritourism issues and
designated by the speaker of the house of representatives.
(5) The chairperson and the ranking minority member of the
standing committee or study committee of the senate that is
concerned with agritourism issues and designated by the
president pro tempore of the senate.
(6) Twelve (12) regional tourism industry representatives,
with one (1) appointed by each regional office director within
(7) The dean of the school of agriculture at Purdue University
or the dean's designee.
(8) One (1) member appointed by the largest Indiana
organization representing agricultural interests in Indiana, as
determined by the number of members of the organization.
The member appointed under this subdivision serves at the
pleasure of the member's organization.
A member described in subdivision (4) or (5) is a nonvoting
Sec. 8. (a) The commissioner is chairperson of the council.
(b) A quorum of the council consists of nine (9) voting members.
(c) The council shall adopt written procedures to govern the
transaction of business by the council.
(d) A member of the council is not entitled to a minimum salary
per diem or reimbursement for traveling expenses and other
expenses actually incurred in connection with the member's duties.
Sec. 9. The council shall develop goals and recommendations
concerning the following issues:
(1) Development of Indiana's agricultural and horticultural
(2) Job creation and retention in rural Indiana.
(3) Development of agritourism opportunities to provide
additional income for Indiana's agricultural and horticultural
(4) Product development, including the creation of outlets for
the sale of crafts, foods, and other items produced in Indiana.
(5) Preservation and development of historic rural resources
(6) Local, national, and international direct marketing to
increase revenue and enhance the viability of agricultural,
horticultural, and agribusiness operations in Indiana.
(7) Public education about the impact of agriculture and
horticulture on a community's quality of life.
(8) Capital and business assistance for agricultural,
horticultural, and agribusiness workers to increase the
viability, sustainability, and growth of agritourism businesses
and services in Indiana.
Sec. 10. The council shall do the following:
(1) Promote agritourism in Indiana to national and
(2) Sustain the viability and growth of the agritourism
industry in Indiana.
(3) Establish and promote an Internet web site that is linked
to the computer gateway administered by the intelenet
commission under IC 5-21-2 and known as accessIndiana.
(4) Create regional agritourism development plans for the
twelve (12) regional offices of the department.
(5) Coordinate efforts to educate the public about agritourism
and Indiana's agricultural heritage and history.
(6) Provide information concerning funding opportunities,
including grants, loans, and partnerships, to persons who are
interested in starting an agritourism business or who operate
an agritourism business.
(7) Make recommendations to the department and the general
assembly regarding any matter involving agritourism.
Recommendations to the general assembly under this
subdivision must be reported in an electronic format under
(8) Generate economic vitality and tourism activity for
(9) Position Indiana as the recognized agritourism center of
Sec. 11. The department shall provide the necessary staff and
administrative support for the council.
Sec. 12. The council shall use:
(1) existing staff and resources; and
(2) authorized but vacant staff positions;
of the department to perform the duties of the council under this
Sec. 13. The council may receive funds from any source and may
expend funds for any activities necessary, convenient, or expedient
to carry out the council's purposes.
Sec. 14. The council shall submit an annual report to the
governor and, in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6, to the
executive director of the legislative services agency before
December 31 of each year.