Women involved in agriculture from around New York state will meet at the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 for a mid-year retreat.
The keynote speaker for the meeting is Heather Dann, a research scientist at Miner Institute and the 2014 recipient of the Cargill Animal Nutrition Young Scientist Award. Dann will give a talk on the importance of agricultural research and highlight the research program at Miner Institute.
Other topics on the meeting agenda include:
** An informal reception with Clinton County farmers
** Bonnie Collins, resource educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County and co-coordinator of Annie’s Project, will give a talk on building connections for the wellness of women
** The group will tour Miner Institute’s dairy and equine facilities and visit the Miner sugarhouse and hear about maple production from Robert Atwood.
Women play a significant role in New York agriculture, which was valued at $5.7 billion in 2012. Just less than 20 percent of New York farmers are women, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture.
Members of NY Agri-Women are involved with numerous facets of New York agriculture, including dairy farming, vegetable production, wine production, agribusiness, extension and maple production.
For more information about NY Agri-Women or attending the retreat at Miner Institute, contact Rachel Dutil at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-846-7121, ext. 115.