About the Forum


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 ann@nysagsociety.org and 315.727.5449.

Registration for Sponsors and Supporters is open from October - December (Exhibitor information due no later than Dec. 1)

See table below for Sponsor and Supporter levels and benefits

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Register to attend the 2020 Forum

Join us January 9, 2020 for our 188th Annual Forum, one of the oldest and largest meetings of its kind in NY and possibly the US. All sectors of the ag industry will gather to “Take the Pulse of Agriculture in NY” and honor colleagues in 8 award categories. Great speakers and exhibits, networking time, awards and the annual State-of-the-State of Agriculture Address presented by Commissioner Richard Ball are just a few good reasons to register now.

Sponsors and Supporters Registration 
Individual/Farm/Business/Lifetime Registration  

OR download the mail-in registration below
2020 Forum Mail-In Registration

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors