CHAPTER 497

FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 648

AS AMENDED BY

SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT SUPPLYING A SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOR THE PURCHASE OF BUTTERFAT TESTING EQUIPMENT TO BE USED IN TESTING ADDITIONAL MILK SAMPLES.

WHEREAS, the dairy industry of Delaware produces over $13,000,000 in cash farm income annually from the sale of 127 million pounds of fresh milk; and

WHEREAS, if the milk testing program in the Department of Agriculture could accomodate an additional 40,000 samples annually Delaware dairy farmers could increase the number of dairy cows enrolled in the Delaware Dairy Herd Improvement Association, which computes ratios and other statistics from results of butterfat tests to be used by dairymen in the reduction of production costs, increasing the amount of milk produced and improving milk quality; and

WHEREAS, in order to increase the efficiency and the scope of the butterfat testing program in the Department of Agriculture so as to provide capacity for testing 40,000 samples of milk for the Delaware Dairy Herd Improvement Association, supplementary equipment must be purchased.

NOW, THEREFORE:

Section 1. The sum of $17,000 is hereby appropriated to the Department of Agriculture for the purpose of purchasing butterfat testing equipment.

Section 2. This is a supplementary appropriation for fiscal year 1978, and the funds hereby appropriated shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of funds in the General Fund of the State of Delaware not otherwise appropriated.

Section 3. The funds herein appropriated remaining unexpended or unencumbered on June 30, 1979, shall revert to the General Fund of the State of Delaware.

Approved July 12, 1978.