senate Bill S6543A

Vetoed Amended

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

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Vetoed by Governor
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  • 04 / Feb / 2014
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 11 / Feb / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO AGRICULTURE
  • 11 / Feb / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 6543A
  • 20 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.805
  • 21 / May / 2014
    • AMENDED 6543B
  • 21 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 28 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A9961
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.378
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 05 / Dec / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 17 / Dec / 2014
    • VETOED MEMO.561

Summary

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.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S6543
S6543A
S6543B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Commissioner

Votes

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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.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 6543--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            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;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13821-03-4

S. 6543--A                          2

  (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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