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

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-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                    January 17, 2023

          LUPARDO,  BLANKENBUSH,  RAGA -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. HAWLEY,
          TAGUE -- read once and referred to the  Committee  on  Agriculture  --
          committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
          recommitted to said committee

        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.    All    money    received    as
    15  gifts or donations shall be deposited in  a  special  fund  pursuant  to
    16  section  31-c  of  the agriculture and markets law and disbursed for the
    17  purposes of this act  or  paid  to  the  commissioner  of  taxation  and
    18  finance,  who  together with the state comptroller is hereby constituted
    19  and appointed the joint custodian thereof and shall constitute a special
    20  fund to be used under the direction of the department for  the  purposes
    21  of  this  act.  The  department, Cornell cooperative extension and other
    22  participating partners shall work together to establish the challenge to

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

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