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Bill S6543A-2013

Directs the commissioner of agriculture and markets to assess and report on the use and development of precision agriculture, and the use of broadband by farmers

Directs the commissioner of agriculture and markets to assess and report on the use and development of precision agriculture, and the use of broadband by farmers.

Details

Actions

  • May 20, 2014: 1ST REPORT CAL.805
  • Feb 11, 2014: PRINT NUMBER 6543A
  • Feb 11, 2014: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO AGRICULTURE
  • Feb 4, 2014: REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE

Meetings

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Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Agriculture - May 20, 2014
Ayes (7): Ritchie, Gallivan, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Seward, Valesky, Young
Ayes W/R (4): Gipson, Montgomery, Serrano, Tkaczyk

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6543A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to direct the commissioner of agriculture and markets to issue a report assessing the use and development of precision agriculture in the state with recommendations pertaining to rural broadband accessibility, use and support for the farmers, as well as cost savings and higher crop yield

PURPOSE: This bill directs the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets to issue a report assessing the use and development of precision agriculture in the state and to make recommendations pertaining to any necessary technical support, accessibility of broadband with particular focus in rural areas of the state, and a cost benefit analysis of precision agriculture.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 sets forth the legislative intent.

Section 2 sets forth guidelines for the commissioner of agriculture and markets, in consultation with the New York state broadband program office of the empire state development corporation to compile and issue a report on precision agriculture and to make recommendations relating to necessary technical support, broadband accessibility with particular focus in rural areas of the state, and a cost benefit analysis of precision agriculture. This report shall include specified recommendations.

Section 3 sets forth that the report must be submitted to the Executive, Legislature, and the Chairs of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources by November 1, 2014.

Section 4 sets an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Precision agriculture has the potential to offer several benefits to New York state farmers and our environment.

Farmers who use precision agriculture systems more efficiently use production inputs, such as soil nutrients, seeds, and pesticides, which leads to cost reductions, saving farmers and consumers money.

Using global positioning services and soil sampling, farmers are able to target and apply inputs in the most efficient way possible. Production inputs, such as soil nutrients, are applied more heavily to areas that need more, and more sparsely to areas that need less. This creates an environmental benefit in which soil health is improved and fewer production inputs filter into streams and rivers.

Improved site selection via global positioning services results in the production of higher value or specialty products. Improved data collection and analysis results in better recordkeeping and production tracking for food safety.

This legislation directs the commissioner of agriculture and markets, in consultation with the New York state broadband program office of the empire state development corporation to compile and issue a report on precision agriculture and to make recommendations relating to

necessary technical support, broadband accessibility with particular focus in rural areas of the state, and a cost benefit analysis of precision agriculture. Ultimately, the goal is to provide the Executive and the Legislature with a resource to help farmers operate their businesses more efficiently.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Effective immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6543--A IN SENATE February 4, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. YOUNG -- (at request of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources) -- 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 direct the commissioner of agriculture and markets to issue a report assessing the use and development of precision agriculture in the state with recommendations pertaining to rural broadband accessi- bility, use and support for the farmers, as well as cost savings and higher crop yield THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby enacts this act to evaluate the practicality, costs and benefits of precision agricul- ture for the state's farmers, as well as the accessibility of broadband to farmers to facilitate data analysis, and increase the efficiency and productivity of farms throughout the state. S 2. The commissioner of agriculture and markets, in consultation with the New York state broadband program office of the empire state develop- ment corporation, shall compile and issue a report to assess the use and development of precision agriculture in the state and make recommenda- tions pertaining to any necessary technical support, accessibility of broadband with particular focus in rural areas of the state, and a cost benefit analysis of precision agriculture. The report of the commission- er shall include, but not be limited to: (a) definitions of precision agriculture and site-specific farming; (b) statistics of use by farmers in the state; (c) statistics of crop yields with the use of precision agriculture as compared to traditional methods; (d) statistics of rural broadband availability, with particular empha- sis on agricultural land; (e) availability of suitable global positioning services; (f) environmental impacts of precision agriculture;
(g) cost analyses of the use of precision agriculture, including start-up costs and affordability; (h) recommendations regarding technology support including, but not limited to, technological delivery and broadband access to remote and underrepresented geographic areas; (i) recommendations for regulatory review pertaining to precision agriculture and the encouragement for the use thereof; and (j) addressing barriers to the implementation of precision agriculture systems in the state. S 3. The commissioner of agriculture and markets shall submit such report on or before November 1, 2014 to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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