With less than 2% of the US population involved in farming and ranching, it’s no wonder that the general public knows little about the “who, what, where, when and why” of the agriculture industry. The vision of the NYS Agricultural Society Foundation (NYSASF) is to plant seeds of understanding with the non-farm public, including consumers, opinion leaders and decision-makers through:

1. Sponsorship of young adults or Ambassadors to the annual NYS Agricultural Society Annual Meeting & Forum
2. Grants to state and regional organizations who are promoting a positive industry message to key target audiences, principally youth. List of past grant recipients
3. Industry partnerships to strengthen the understanding of NYS agriculture in new ways and venues.

Your support as a donor and volunteer are vital to the success of the NYS agriculture industry.

In 2018 grants will be distributed to four organizations stretching from Central NY to East Harlem. Grants range in size from $2,000 to $2,500. Here’s more on our 2018 recipients:

PRO DAIRY Junior Dairy Leader (JDL) – JDL is a yearlong program that prepares 16 to 19-year old youths for successful careers in the dairy industry and agriculture. Up to 30 young people are selected annually to participate. The program begins with a weeklong trip to Wisconsin to attend the National 4-H Dairy Conference and tour the region. This is followed by eight additional workshops that are two to four days long throughout the program year.

Cayuga County Cornell Cooperative Extension – Through a five-month Agricultural Career Explorations Program, youth in grades 8-10 will learn about different types of agriculture, career options, and visit agricultural college programs. In addition to workshops conducted by professionals engaged in dairy, beef and vegetable farming, livestock nutrition, agricultural consulting, animal health, genetics, and more, youth will have the opportunity to visit three farms who operate their facilities using state-of-the-art technology. This relates well to STEM programming already conducted in area schools.

Kingston YMCA – Grant dollars will be used to support an “Afterschool Cooking Crew” and “Youth Farm Crew” that will provide 5 ½ months of continuous agricultural related experience for urban high schoolers. The YMCA anticipates a minimum of 30 youth over the course of the 2018 growing season to participate. The YMCA aims to:

• Train teens to use fresh, seasonal produce in recipes for optimum flavor and nutrition
• Increase awareness among local teens of urban agricultural practices
• Cultivate the next generation of agricultural stewards
• Provide a career pathway in sustainable food and agriculture for young adults
• Lay the groundwork for youth to experience hands-on agricultural work
• Give teens avenues to share their agricultural knowledge with the community

Concrete Safaris – Located in East Harlem, Concrete Safaris’ Outdoor Leadership Academy will conduct a garden internship program to prepare youth in the community and beyond to lead healthy lives and shape their environment through outdoor education, play, exploration, and community engagement.


Our History

At 186 years old, the NYS Agricultural Society is the oldest association of its kind in the United States. In 2011, it created the Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, to help facilitate its mission to foster, promote and improve the NYS food and agricultural industry through education, leadership development and recognition programs. Individuals and agribusinesses in NYS and beyond have been gracious in their financial support of the Foundation to broaden the reach for programming and deepen the voice of support for agriculture across the Empire State.

Managing Donor Dollars Effectively and Efficiently

Being a good steward of donor dollars is job number one for the NYSASF. While Foundation board members actively investigate and recruit programs and activities deserving of financial support, the CNY Community Foundation manages our charitable giving, leveraging their expertise servicing charitable organizations and donors in Central NY region for the past 80 years. A tax-exempt public charity, the CNY Community Foundation manages charitable legacies for individuals, families and corporations, and through their offices and website can provide personalized service to make giving to the NYS Agricultural Foundation easy, flexible and effective.

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