Press Release – 182nd Annual Forum

You’re Invited!  NYS Ag Society’s 182nd Agricultural Forum—

“The Next Generation of Agriculturists:

Millennials’ Perspectives on Their Future in Agriculture”

                Over 400 attendees are expected at the Holiday Inn, Syracuse/Liverpool on Thursday, January 9th, 2014, for the New York State Agricultural Society’s 182nd Agricultural Forum, “The Next Generation of Agriculturists: Millennials’ Perspectives on Their Future in Agriculture”, co-sponsored by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

                 Tomorrow’s agriculture will be anything but business as usual, and the future is in the hands of our forward-thinking, young colleagues.  Attendees will hear from an expert on leadership and management who has provided insight to farm business managers throughout the country, and from an all-star panel of young farmers and agribusiness persons who are recent graduates of agricultural colleges in New York State.

                Keynote Speaker Bob Milligan is a business, leadership and human resources consultant with Dairy Strategies in St. Paul, MN.  He is also Professor Emeritus in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell; an award winning instructor in Businessweek’s 3rd ranked undergrad business program.

                As an incentive for more young people to attend the Forum, the Ag Society is discounting registration for full-time high school and college students ($30 savings), and their new Foundation is offering 10 full scholarships for agriculturists between the ages of 18-24 to attend; scholarship application deadline: Dec. 1st.  Visit for details.

Other conference highlights include recognition of Businesses of the Year, Century Farm Families, Agricultural Journalism Awards, FFA Chapter of the Year, Ag Promotion Awards, and the Society’s lifetime of Distinguished Service Citation.  All meals, breaks and reception celebrating the 50th Anniversary of CALS International Programs, feature New York produced food and beverages, and allow time for networking with exhibitors and attendees.  Following the evening banquet, the State of the State’s Agriculture Address will be presented.

Also, on the evening prior to the Forum (Wed. January 8th), the Friends of the Witter Agricultural Museum will hold their annual meeting, and George Mueller will present the History of Willow Bend Farm. Following the Witter meeting, Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will host a reception and panel discussion, “The Future of Agriculture: Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders”.

All are invited to the New York State Agricultural Society’s Agricultural Forum and special pre-forum events.  Early registration is strongly encouraged, and discount applies for Forum registrations received before December 20th.  For complete meeting details, visit: or to register online, visit .