About Us


The New York State Agricultural Society was organized in 1832 to Foster, Promote and Improve the New York State Food & Agriculture Industry through Education, Leadership Development & Recognition Programs

The Ag Society:

  • Sponsors an annual Agricultural Forum in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture and Markets to explore issues critical to the future of New York Agriculture.
  • Publishes The Cultivator newsletter
  • Supports the Empire State Food & Agricultural Leadership Institute (LEAD NY) and other leadership development efforts.
  • Recognizes Ag Businesses of the Year, Cap Creal/Ag Journalism, Ag Promotion, Bicentennial Farms, Century Farms, Distinguished Service to NY Agriculture, Farm Safety, Next Generation Farmers and FFA Chapters of the Year.
  • Holds participating memberships in the Cornell University Board of Trustees, and the Council of Agricultural Organizations
  • Hosts a summer meeting each year throughout the state. See 2017 bylaw updates from our summer meeting in Buffalo: 
What Members are Saying…


“The Ag Society is basically the Who’s Who for New York’s agricultural industry. If you want to be connected with the movers and shakers in the industry – become a member of the New York State Ag Society and attend the Annual Forum!”

Jessica Chittenden Ziehm
Tiashoke Farm
Buskirk, NY


“The Ag Society forum is a phenomenal opportunity to build relationships with outstanding agriculturalists in New York State. Every year, I learn something new and meet individuals who have contributed so much to NY agriculture.”

Jason Evans
Assistant Professor, Agricultural Business Management

SUNY Cobleskill


“We joined the Ag Society when we saw that it was the only, cross commodity, cross profession, non-political organization welcoming membership from all farmers and supporters in New York State… Paying attention to the foundation of agriculture and recognizing the farm families who produce the food, the businesses who support the farms, and the educators and researchers – is critical to success.”

Carol Doolittle
Frontenac Point Vineyard
Trumansburg, NY


I have witnessed firsthand the meaningful contributions the Ag Society makes to our farmers and food producers for a long time. In fact, the Ag Society has been an absolutely central part of New York’s agriculture story since even before Ezra Cornell – a one-time Ag Society President – founded the University that bears his name in 1865. Since then, the Ag Society has been a leading advocate in support of Cornell’s Land-grant Mission to provide knowledge with a public purpose to the citizens of New York, as well as to people everywhere.

Kathryn J. Boor, PhD
Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University


In today’s world when so few people are directly connected to agriculture, my membership helps to communicate the message of agriculture’s importance, particularly at the annual Agricultural Society Forum.

Eleanor Jacobs

Past president, New York State Agricultural Society