135.731 Loans for agricultural businesses in the western basin.

(A) For purposes of this section, "western basin" has the same meaning as in section 905.326 of the Revised Code.

(B) Notwithstanding any provision in sections 135.71 to 135.76 of the Revised Code to the contrary, before July 1, 2020, all of the following apply to eligible agricultural businesses that maintain land or facilities for agricultural purposes in the western basin:

(1) Such a business shall certify on its loan application that the reduced rate loan will be used exclusively for agricultural purposes on land or in facilities owned or operated by the business in this state in the western basin and that the loan will materially contribute to the business's compliance with division (A) of section 1511.10 of the Revised Code. Whoever knowingly makes a false statement concerning the application is guilty of the offense of falsification under section 2921.13 of the Revised Code.

(2) In evaluating such businesses, the treasurer of state shall give priority to a business's financial need for the loan to comply with division (A) of section 1511.10 of the Revised Code as well as the overall financial need of the business and the economic needs of the area where the business is located.

(3) No loan for such a business shall exceed five hundred thousand dollars.

Added by 131st General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 64, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2015.