New York will require fertilizer producers to use 85 percent organic fertilizer by 2020, up from the current 85 percent, and to use less nitrogen, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said on Wednesday.
The department will also allow fertilizer companies to use nitrogen in excess of the EPA’s standards to ensure “the quality and safety of the fertilizer,” the state said in a statement.
The plan will also create incentives for fertilizer producers and farmers to use fewer pesticides.
New York, which uses one of the most efficient farming systems in the nation, is in the midst of a major drought that has left thousands of acres of farmland in the state inoperable.
Fertilizer is one of several commodities that the state will seek to boost by $3 billion over the next two years as part of its farm bill.
New York has been working to expand the use of natural gas, which has helped feed a booming economy and create jobs.
The state has also been looking to diversify its agricultural exports, including its largest export: pork.