Nexus of Agriculture and Energy Change the Industry

Image from 12 WBNG Action News.

Image from 12 WBNG Action News.

August 20, 2013

By Dr. Tyra OldhamLANDsds Sustainable Voice News

No matter your interest in the agricultural industry, food is indeed important to a healthy life.  The development and nexus of agricultural and energy will be a farmers best friend.  The sector as in all are being shaped by new pushes and pulls based on technology, science and economics.  Leadership that considers these pushes and pulls can bring about necessary changes. The continued works of “Governor Cuomo announces aid for farms to reduce energy costs and improve business operations” will aid the farming.

WBNG News  on “Governor’s larger efforts to enable growth in the State’s agricultural sector, including last year’s Yogurt Summit involving industry leaders, dairy farmers, and other stakeholders.”

Cuomo stated, “New York is proud to be home to a robust agriculture industry that supports thousands of jobs and provides the economic lifeblood for families and communities across the state. Over the past two and a half years we have worked hard to support the growth of our already vibrant agriculture industry, including cutting burdensome regulations and helping small dairy farms expand their herds.”

Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, the Department of Agriculture and Markets in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Conservation is launching the Dairy Acceleration Program (DAP) and making available $1 million in funding to help dairy farmers develop individualized business and environmental plans.

The opportunity is to define new processes driving energy solutions including alternatives for better and healthy production. “Other legislation recently approved by the governor supports farmers in their efforts to reduce their energy bills with the installation of clean energy projects such as solar and fuel cells. Specifically, legislation approved by Governor Cuomo increases from 25 kW to 100 kW the maximum electricity generation for the solar electric systems eligible for net metering without the need to move them to a commercial meter. Also, another bill authorizes the remote net metering of fuel cells installed on farms and non-residential buildings.” States leveraging their agricultural prowess can deliver sustainable advantages in job, food and economic capacity building.

Senator George Maziarz said, “We need to keep being aggressive and proactive in bringing energy technology and agricultural technology together, because it’s in everyone’s interest. Modern milk production requires expertise from a number of disciplines, ranging from agronomics, environmental science, animal husbandry, crop science, human resource management, and financial and strategic planning. Through DAP, farmers will be able to tap into the expertise of the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) network.”

It is not only milk that requires interdisciplinary adoption but this is the way of leveraging knowledge in the solving of big problems. Further, energy concerns lead to advancing security issues in the protection of data, processes and proprietary knowledge.

The continued work of leaders around the innovation of agriculture  and energy is the blossoming of new opportunities farmers and businesses within the supply chain.


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