Sunday, February 15, 2015

New York Agri-Women Plan Retreat in Chazy in late March

From New York Agri-Women:

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 group will learn about William Miner, his contributions to agriculture and the lasting impact of his vision 85 years after his death.

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 or call 518-846-7121, ext. 115.

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