Colorado Lawmakers Eye Blockchain Farming House Bill 1247 To Department Of Agriculture
Colorado Lawmakers Eye Blockchain Agriculture Bill
A number of lawmakers in the state of Colorado in the United States have put forward a bipartisan house bill 1247 which would promote Blockchain use in the state’s agricultural sector. This was done on March 15, 2019 and would require that Colorado’s Department of Agriculture set up an advisory committee that would explore the potential uses of blockchain.
The bill also cited some previous examples of possible application. One for these was traceability which has been on the rise for a while now. Generally, the nature of Blockchain makes it ideal for any industry that deals with a supply chain such as the precious metals industry, the shipping industry and of course, the food industry.
Carrefour, for example, unveiled a new Programme last month that allows their customers to track their food from the farms they originate from to the store shelves. By making use of a similar program for Colorado’s agricultural sector, the government will be able to track movement from the source to the final consumer.
Another suggestion that was brought up was the use of blockchain for inventory and also for the tracking of conditions in the various farms such as weather and soil condition. The use of blockchain in industry ties into its application in supply chain management not just for the produce itself but also for farm instruments and other items needed such as fertilizer, pesticide and so on. Tracking the various factors that affect production will also ensure better results all around.
After conducting all these findings, the advisory board would then report back to the ministry before a deadline of January 15, 2020.
Farming For The Blockchain
Clearly, members of world governments are taking notice of the progress of Blockchain in various public spheres and are encouraged to try their hands at it themselves.
It is also commendable that the bill suggests the creation of an advisory board to first explore what possible uses and results could be achieved. This will allow the Ministry of Agriculture embark upon any potential projects will the right information.
Should this bill be passed and the advisory board set up, Colorado could be the next place that puts its Agriculture in the hands of Blockchain, with its residents enjoying all the benefits that come with it.