Bill Text: NY A01528 | 2023-2024 | General Assembly | Introduced

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Bill Title: Establishes a youth development agriculture technology challenge.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Passed) 2023-08-23 - signed chap.280 [A01528 Detail]

Download: New_York-2023-A01528-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                    January 17, 2023

          LUPARDO,  BLANKENBUSH  -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. HAWLEY, TAGUE
          -- read once and referred to the Committee on Agriculture

        AN ACT to establish a youth development agriculture technology challenge

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.   There is hereby established a youth development agricul-
     2  ture technology challenge  competition  ("challenge")  for  students  in
     3  elementary,  secondary,  and  higher  education. Such challenge shall be
     4  coordinated by the department of agriculture and markets  ("department")
     5  as part of the state fair in conjunction with Cornell cooperative exten-
     6  sion  and  other  interested  partners,  including,  but not limited to,
     7  institutions of higher education, school districts and boards of cooper-
     8  ative education services,  youth  agricultural  organizations  promoting
     9  leadership  and  career success in agriculture, and other science, tech-
    10  nology,  engineering  and  mathematics   and/or   robotics   competition
    11  programs. The department is authorized to utilize funds appropriated for
    12  the  state fair and received pursuant to section 31-c of the agriculture
    13  and markets law and to receive, accept and use gifts and  donations  for
    14  the  purpose  of  this  act which may be offered notwithstanding section
    15  eleven of the state finance law or any other provision of law. All money
    16  received as gifts or donations shall be  deposited  in  a  special  fund
    17  pursuant  to  section  31-c  of  the  agriculture  and  markets  law and
    18  disbursed for the purposes of this act or paid to  the  commissioner  of
    19  taxation  and finance, who together with the state comptroller is hereby
    20  constituted and appointed the joint custodian thereof and shall  consti-
    21  tute a special fund to be used under the direction of the department for
    22  the  purposes of this act. The department, Cornell cooperative extension
    23  and other participating partners shall work together  to  establish  the
    24  challenge to engage students to develop solutions to relevant technolog-

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

        A. 1528                             2

     1  ical  problems and issues faced by farmers and food producers including,
     2  but not limited to, increasing food production, increasing energy  effi-
     3  ciency  and  decreasing  the  cost  of  farming and food production, and
     4  addressing  the  impact  of farming on the environment and the impact of
     5  environmental changes such as climate change or pollinator loss on farm-
     6  ing. The department and its partners shall identify resources  including
     7  training  or coaching that will assist students in underserved rural and
     8  urban communities to participate in the  challenge,  and  develop  dead-
     9  lines, parameters including establishing elementary, secondary, or high-
    10  er  education categories, and relevant judging criteria for the projects
    11  submitted for the agriculture technology  challenge.  Subject  to  funds
    12  available  for  the  purposes  of this act prizes may be awarded for the
    13  winning submissions of the challenge.
    14    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.