NYS Digital Agriculture Report and Recommendations

In 2015, the New York State Legislature directed 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 farmer, as well as cost savings and higher crop yield’.  The document linked below details the technologies, opportunities, barriers and recommendations around ‘Digital Agriculture’, a preferred term over the conventional term ‘Precision Agriculture’ for the purposes of the report.

2015 Precision Agriculture Workshop

On December 1, 2015, a New York Precision Agriculture Workshop was held in Geneva, NY.  The goal of the workshop was to help assess the use and development of precision agriculture in New York State.  Over 50 individuals from the New York agricultural community were in attendance representing higher education, research, agronomic business, farmers, technology, government, and more.  Activities included a rapid fire session of over 20 presentations, a discussion of the preliminary results of a state-wide survey, and breakout sessions designed to foster discussion about the critical areas of precision agriculture.  The files from the workshop are below:

  • New York State Precision Ag Workshop Introduction (PDF) (video)
  • New York State Precision Ag Workshop Abstracts (PDF)
  • List of Workshop Attendees (PDF)
  • Workshop Presentations (Presentation Files (Downloadable) and Videos)

Dave Grusenmeyer, New York Farm Viability Institute