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Jessica A. Chittenden
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jessica.chittenden@agriculture.ny.gov

February 07, 2008

Council on Food Policy to Hold Listening Session

Listening Session Scheduled for February 14, 2008 in Syracuse

The New York State Council on Food Policy is holding a listening session in Syracuse to gain perspective from community members on several food policy issue areas and to seek opportunities to maximize collaboration among stakeholders.

The Syracuse listening session is schedule for February 14, 2008 from 11:15 am to 1:00 pm in Rooms 7 & 8 at the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, in conjunction with the Empire State Fruit and Vegetable Expo.

The listening session is open to the public and will be an open microphone format. Anyone who wishes to participate will have five minutes to present their opinions and must also provide their comments in written format. Comments should focus on how to strengthen the connection between local food products and consumers; and how to support efficient and profitable agricultural food production and food retail infrastructure.

Those wishing to provide comments should contact Mary Ann Stockman by February 13, 2008 at 518-485-7728 or maryann.stockman@agriculture.ny.gov. There is no charge to attend the listening session, however those attending will need to check in at the Empire State Fruit and Vegetable Expo’s registration desk.

The Council on Food Policy is hosting a series of listening sessions throughout the State. The first session was in Albany on February 5. Subsequent sessions will take place in Binghamton, Rochester and Long Island over the next several months. Dates and locations of those listening sessions will be posted as they are scheduled at http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/eventcal.html.

Governor Spitzer created the Council on Food Policy last year to coordinate state agriculture policy and look at ways to increase sales of New York agricultural products to New York customers. The Council will also make recommendations on developing food policy that will ensure the safe, fresh, nutritious and affordable food for all New Yorkers, especially low income residents, senior citizens and children.

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