Friday, February 1, 2013

Getting young people involved in farming

Albany, NY -- The New York Farm Bureau stated earlier this week that getting more young people involved in farming and transitioning farms from the current generation to the next is a key priority for the organization this year.

To highlight this, a Leadership Conference sponsored by the Fram Bureau Young Farmer Program is scheduled for Feb. 22-23 at the Holiday Inn on Electronics Boulevard in Salina.

Topics to be discussed during the conference include: how to be a leader, time management, communications skills, and risk management/crop insurance.  Young farmers also will get updates on New York Farm Bureau’s priority issues for 2013 and have the opportunity to discuss issues affecting young farmers.

Ken Quick, Jr., a student at Cornell University who grew up on a dairy farm in Washington County, is the keynote speaker Friday night. He will share thoughts on the conference theme, Agriculture 20/20: Visions for Future Leaders.

Also speaking at the conference will be Eric Ooms, New York Farm Bureau vice president and past chair of the Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee and Richard Ball of Schoharie Valley Farms: Home of the Carrot Barn.

A Farm Bureau spokesman said the goal of the conference is to provide timely information on issues and trends that affect young farmers and their farm businesses as well as provide opportunities for networking with peers from across New York and the northeast.  This conference is open to all; you don’t have to be associated with a young farmer committee to participate. 

Hotel reservations for the conference are due Feb. 7 and meal reservations are due Feb. 13. Conference costs consist of a registration fee, meal costs and overnight room cost. The cost for the one night hotel room is $123.17 (single or double).   The meal package is $120 which covers: Friday; lunch, break, reception, dinner, and Saturday; breakfast, break, lunch.  People can register for individual meals if they are not attending the entire conference.

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