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Joe Morrissey, 518-457-0752, Joe.Morrissey@agriculture.ny.gov
Dave Bullard, 315-487-7711 x 1377, Dave.Bullard@agriculture.ny.gov

November 27, 2013

Department of Agriculture and Markets Partners with New York State Agricultural Society to Co-Sponsor the 182nd Annual Meeting and Agricultural Forum in Liverpool

Acting State Agriculture Commissioner James B. Bays today announced that the Department of Agriculture and Markets is again partnering with the New York State Agricultural Society to co-sponsor the Society’s 182nd Annual Meeting and Annual Forum.  This is one of the largest agricultural meetings in the state, bringing together all sectors of the food system to explore topics critical to the future of New York agriculture.  More than 400 participants are expected to attend the event, which will take place on January 9, 2014 at the Holiday Inn, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, NY. 

“The Department of Agriculture and Markets is proud to partner with the New York State Agricultural Society to bring stakeholders together to listen and learn about the future of our state’s robust agricultural sector,” said Acting Commissioner Bays.  “This event has a storied tradition dating back 182 years and we look forward to carrying on that tradition next year in Liverpool.”

“The upcoming Forum focuses on the Next Generation of Agriculturists,” comments Penny Heritage, Publicity Coordinator for the NYS Agricultural Society. “We will hear from a national expert on leadership and farm business management, and from a panel of young farmers and agribusiness persons, sharing perspectives on their future in New York agriculture.”

All are invited to the New York State Agricultural Society’s Agricultural Forum and special pre-forum events.  Early registration is strongly encouraged, and discount applies for Forum registrations received before December 20th.  For complete meeting details, visit:


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The New York State Agricultural Society played a vital role in establishing the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University in the 1860s, conducting educational Farmer Institutes until Cornell Cooperative Extension was founded.  The organization was also the original operator of the Great New York State Fair until 1899 when operations of the event were assumed by the Department of Agriculture and Markets.  In 1985, the Agricultural Society worked with Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to develop the Empire State Food and Agricultural Leadership Institute (LEAD NY), which has trained hundreds of leaders in the field of New York agriculture since its inception. 

"This annual meeting is a key gathering for the agricultural community, and this year's forum on 'The Next Generation of Agriculturists' both draws upon our shared legacy of engagement and fosters the way forward to a robust future for all," said Kathryn Boor, The Ronald P. Lynch Dean of CALS. "We are proud partners in shaping that future, by developing leaders with the vision and the skills to seize opportunities amidst change."  

For more information on the New York State Agricultural Society and the event in January, please visit www.nysagsociety.org.

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