Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

April 03, 2008

Council on Food Policy to Hold Listening Session

Listening Sessions Scheduled for April 11, 2008 in Binghamton

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

The listening session is scheduled for Friday, April 11, 2008 at the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Broome County, 840 Upper Front Street, Binghamton in conjunction with the Regional Community Food Project. The session will be held from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

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; supporting efficient and profitable agricultural food production and food retail infrastructure; and how to increase consumer awareness and knowledge about healthy eating and improve access to safe and nutritious foods.

Those wishing to participate are requested to RSVP by 5:00 pm April 10, 2008 to Mary Ann Stockman at 518-485-7728 or

The Council on Food Policy is hosting a series of listening sessions throughout the State. Sessions have been held in Albany, Syracuse and New York City thus far. Subsequent sessions will take place in Rochester and Long Island. Dates and locations of those listening sessions will be posted as they are scheduled at

The New York State Council on Food Policy was created in 2007 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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