Thursday, December 18, 2014

New York Agricultural Society Meets Jan. 8

   The annual forum for the New York State Agricultural Society is set for Jan. 8 at the Holiday Inn in Salina, outside Syracuse.

Nearly 500 people are expected to attend. This year's forum theme is "Diversification for Success: Strategically Positioning You and Your Business for the Future."

Keynote speaker, Dr. David Kohl, will address a number of questions concerning diversification and  more, engaging forum attendees in a dynamic and informative program. He is professor emeritus of agriculture and applied economics at Virginia Tech and is known as “The Road Warrior of Agriculture,”having traveled almost 9 million miles and conducted more than 6,000 workshops for diverse agricultural audiences throughout his career.  

Following his keynote address, Kohl will moderate a discussion with several New York farmers who have their own unique diversification stories to share.

Other conference highlights include recognition of Businesses of the Year, Bicentennial and Century Farm Families, Agricultural Journalism Awards, FFA Chapter of the Year, Ag Promotion Awards, Farm Safety Recognition, and the Society’s lifetime of Distinguished Service Citation.  

All meals, breaks and reception feature New York produced food and beverages, and allow time for networking with exhibitors and attendees. Following the evening banquet, NYS Agriculture Commissioner, Richard Ball, will present the State of the State’s Agriculture Address.

All are invited to the New York State Agricultural Society’s Forum and special pre-forum events.  Early registration is strongly encouraged, and discount applies for registrations received before Dec. 19. 

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