Friday, November 29, 2013

New York Farm Bureau Annual Meeting Begins Dec. 3

The New York Farm Bureau annual meeting begins next week in Salina.

There will be a number of events over the course of three days with the highlight being the delegate sessions where members vote on proposed public policy resolutions that originated from their local County Farm Bureaus. 

According to Farm Bureau, this is a proud tradition of farmers coming together to debate and decide positions on legislative and regulatory initiatives with the aim of supporting all of agriculture. 

According to Farm Bureau, agriculture remains a leading economic engine in Upstate New York and Long Island, and our farms are the primary source for local food, fuel and fiber.  The important work at State Annual Meeting will chart the path for the next year as NYFB advocates for policies and laws that allow for the economic viability of farms across the state. We must ensure farming remains a way of life for future generations.

Here is what is in store for the annual meeting:

What: New York Farm Bureau State Annual Meeting

Where: Holiday Inn, 441 Electronics Parkway (off Thruway Exit 37) Syracuse/Liverpool, NY

When: Opening Ceremony begins at 1 p.m. Dec. 3. The event wraps up noontime on Dec. 5.  There will be delegate sessions throughout the three day event along with two evening banquets.

Highlights in the three-day schedule:

Dec. 3 :   1 p.m. Opening Ceremony featuring FFA Color Guard &  introduction by Sen. John DeFrancisco
                 2 p.m. Delegate Session with an address from Dale Moore, AFBF Public Policy Exec. Dir.
                 4:30 p.m. Young Farmer Discussion Meet Finals
                 7 p.m.  Farm Credit East Dinner & Awards Programs

Dec. 4 :   9 a.m.  Delegate Session
                 11:15 a.m.  President and Executive Director Reports
                 2 p.m.   Delegate Session
                 7 p.m.   Nationwide Banquet and Evening Program featuring: Keith Eckel, Chairman of Nationwide Insurance, Dean Kathryn Boor, Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Science, Distinguished Service Awards to John Dyson and David Tetor, NYFB Foundation Auction led by Assembly Agriculture Chairman Bill Magee

Dec. 5 :   9 a.m.  Delegate Session
                 9:30 a.m.  Elections

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