Agriculture is NY’s No. 1 industry generating more than $5.7 billion worth of annual economic activity statewide and providing a livelihood for residents across all 62 counties. On the national playing field, NYS ranks in the top 10 in the production of 30 commodities. While the future holds promise for NY’s 36,000 family farms and their expansive network of suppliers, consultants and lenders, challenges abound concerning labor, climate, trade, regulation and more. Forum participants will take the pulse of agriculture’s business climate, and point to the opportunities on the horizon. Commissioner Richard Ball of the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets will present his 2020 state-of-the-state agricultural address. With over 50 million online views of their agricultural parody videos, the Peterson Brothers of Assaria, KS will discuss their advocacy strategy to afternoon attendees.
Young adults, ages 18 to 25, are encouraged to participate in Pre-Forum (1/8/20) and Forum activities as Ambassador Scholars. Two nights of overnight accommodations are provided, and registration fees are waived. Additional professional development opportunities are scheduled. To apply, complete an on-line application by November 15 by clicking here.
Forum Location: Holiday Inn, 441 Electronics Parkway Syracuse/Liverpool
Time: 8:45am to 5pm; afternoon reception to follow
For more information, please contact Ann Noble Shephard at firstname.lastname@example.org and 315.727.5449.