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 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.

Our History

At 185 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 NYS Agricultural Society Foundation. 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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