Agricultural development has evolved, altering our thinking about research capacity and approaches for investing in the ability to innovate. New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), a public benefit corporation, is helping the State of New York improve the productivity and profitability of the agricultural sector through value-added products, technology, and automated processes, and to provide cost-sharing for developing energy resources including wind power, solar energy, and natural gas exploration and production.
Each year, NYSERDA sponsors the Annual Innovations in Agriculture Conference, a symposium devoted to growing the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) industry in New York. The term CEA is generally defined as the year-round greenhouse production of floral and vegetable crops in a controlled environment. CEA also refers to the technological attributes that allows for year around production of these crops in varying climates.
Topics covered at Innovations in Agricultural annual conferences include:
- Controlled Environment Agricultural (CEA)
- Production for a variety of vegetable and other
- Plant crops
- Improving productivity and processes of
- The agriculture sector and related industries
- Helping local governments plan for local
- Wind power development
- Improving efficient management of large-scale
- Biomass resources
- Controlled environment fish-farming
- Assessing new market opportunities for New York
- CEA and field crops due to rising diesel fuel costs
Visit Controlled Environmental Agriculture for additional information about CEA programs.