Bill S5469A-2013

Relates to the creation of a horizontal silo leachate runoff working group

Relates to the creation of a horizontal silo leachate runoff working group.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • May 22, 2013: PRINT NUMBER 5469A
  • May 22, 2013: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO AGRICULTURE
  • May 16, 2013: REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE

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BILL NUMBER:S5469A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to creating a horizontal silo leachate runoff working group

PURPOSE: This bill creates a working group to study the options for the treatment and management of leachate runoff from horizontal silos.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The Agriculture and Markets Laws is amended by adding a new Article 13-F and a new Section 160-w.

Section 1 provides the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets shall establish the Horizontal Silo Leachate Runoff Working Group to study the options for the treatment and management of leachate runoff from horizontal silos.

Section 2 establishes the membership of the working group which will include representatives from State and Federal government agencies, as well as, other organizations and institutions.

Section 3 provides that the working group shall review and study the options and best practices for the treatment and management of leachate runoff from horizontal or bunker silos. The working group shall include in their discussion the cost of such treatment and management options for the leachate runoff from horizontal or bunker silos and ways to help farmers reduce the cost associated with this. Upon the conclusion of their study the working group shall publish a report outlining their findings.

Section 4 provides that if the need exists, the working group may continue to exist to address other relevant issues.

This act shall take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION: In addition to the traditional vertical farm silos that rise up above the landscape, there are also horizontal silos, which spread out across a piece of land. Horizontal silos have many benefits for farmers. But, one of the drawbacks associated with the use of horizontal or bunker silos is leachate runoff. Leachate is the liquid from crops and feed that manifests itself when they are compacted for storage in horizontal silos. This leachate can seep out of the silo on its own or it can get mixed in with water that runs off the silo from precipitation. In either case, the leachate runoff is a serious concern for farmers because the nutrients in the leachate can ruin any clean water supply that it comes into contact with. Therefore, this bill creates a working group that will study the options and best practices for the treatment and management of leachate runoff from horizontal or bunker silos. The working group will include in their study the cost of such options and ways to help farmers reduce the costs of managing and treating leachate runoff, which can be very high. Members of various State and Federal government agencies, as well as the New York State Farm Bureau, the Northeast Dairy Producers Association and Cornell University will be part of the working group.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5469--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 16, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. RITCHIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to creating a horizontal silo leachate runoff working group THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new article 13-F to read as follows: ARTICLE 13-F HORIZONTAL SILO LEACHATE RUNOFF WORKING GROUP SECTION 160-W. HORIZONTAL SILO LEACHATE RUNOFF WORKING GROUP. S 160-W. HORIZONTAL SILO LEACHATE RUNOFF WORKING GROUP. 1. THE COMMIS- SIONER SHALL ESTABLISH A WORKING GROUP TO STUDY THE OPTIONS FOR THE TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF LEACHATE RUNOFF FROM HORIZONTAL OR BUNKER SILOS. 2. THE WORKING GROUP SHALL INCLUDE: REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DEPART- MENT OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS, REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION, REPRESENTATIVES FROM EMPIRE STATE DEVELOP- MENT, REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE NEW YORK STATE FARM BUREAU, REPRESEN- TATIVES FROM THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION SERVICE, REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE NORTHEAST DAIRY PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE APPROPRIATE INSTI- TUTIONS AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY. 3. THE WORKING GROUP SHALL MEET REGULARLY AND SHALL REVIEW AND STUDY THE OPTIONS AND BEST PRACTICES THAT ARE AVAILABLE, INCLUDING THOSE FROM OTHER STATES, FOR THE TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF LEACHATE RUNOFF FROM HORIZONTAL OR BUNKER SILOS. THE WORKING GROUP SHALL INCLUDE IN THEIR DISCUSSION, BUT NOT LIMIT IT TO, THE COST OF SUCH TREATMENT AND MANAGE- MENT OPTIONS FOR THE LEACHATE RUNOFF FROM HORIZONTAL OR BUNKER SILOS.
THE GROUP SHALL ALSO INCLUDE IN THEIR DISCUSSION, BUT NOT LIMIT IT TO, WAYS TO HELP FARMERS REDUCE THE COST ASSOCIATED WITH THE TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF LEACHATE RUNOFF FROM HORIZONTAL OR BUNKER SILOS. UPON THE CONCLUSION OF THEIR STUDY, THE WORKING GROUP SHALL PUBLISH A REPORT, THAT IS WIDELY AVAILABLE, WHICH OUTLINES THE FINDINGS OF THE WORKING GROUP. THE REPORT SHALL BE SENT TO THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRI- CULTURE NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION SERVICE FOR THEIR REVIEW. 4. IF THE NEED EXISTS, THE WORKING GROUP MAY CONTINUE TO EXIST AFTER THE PUBLICATION OF THEIR FINDINGS TO ADDRESS OTHER RELEVANT ISSUES WITH- IN THEIR COMPETENCY. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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