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: