The Ag Society:

  • Played an instrumental role in establishing the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University in the 1860s
  • Conducted educational Farmer Institutes until Cornell Cooperative Extension was founded.
  • Established the New York State Fair and managed it for 57 years.
  • Promoted the creation of the Department of Agriculture and Markets
  • Developed and sponsored the Empire State Food and Agricultural Leadership Institute (LEAD NY)
  • Established the NYS Agricultural Society Foundation, a 501c3 organization, to support agricultural programs for future generations
A Review of the History of the NYS Agricultural Society by Bob Bitz
Historical highlights of the NYS Ag Society & Archives (Produced for our 175th anniversary)
List of Past Presidents