Sunday, July 24, 2016

New York State Agricultural Society Annual Meeting Jan. 5

From Empire Farm & Dairy magazine


The New York State Agricultural Society will celebrate its 185th birthday at its annual meeting and forum Jan. 5 in Syracuse.

This is the largest statewide agricultural meeting that brings together all sectors of the food system to explore topics critical to the future of New York agriculture, and to recognize the unique contributions of its stakeholders.

The Society will present eight awards to producers, farm organizations and businesses that are leaders in their communities and specialization.

The deadline for nominations is Sept. 1. Award information and applications for the following honors can be found online at 

Ag Promotion Awards — The award recognizes individuals, groups and/or teams of partnering organizations that work to improve the community understanding of agriculture.

The award is sponsored by Alpha Zeta Fraternity at Cornell University, American Farmland Trust, and the New York State FFA Foundation.

Business of the Year — The award promotes our state’s food system by recognizing the quality, leadership and innovation demonstrated by New York farms and agribusinesses.

Cap Creal Journalism Awards — Named for farmer, Society member, and Assemblyman Harold “Cap” Creal, the journalism awards were created to inspire more coverage of the positive aspects of agriculture in New York state.

Awards are presented in the following categories: Print – news story, feature, series, editorial;
Audio/video – news clip, feature, internet; Blogs/Online Feature; and Photography. The award is sponsored by Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity at Cornell University.

Century and Bicentennial Farm Awards — The program honors New York farms in continuous operation on the same land by the same family for 100 years or more. The NYS Agricultural Society will recognize farms in eastern NYS counties in 2017. East/West counties identified online at  The award is sponsored by Farm Credit Northeast Ag Enhancement.

Distinguished Service Citation — The award recognizes individuals who have dedicated a lifetime of service, resulting in outstanding contributions to NY agriculture. See a complete list of past recipients at The award is sponsored by NY Farm Bureau Member Services.

FFA Chapter of the Year — The award recognizes a NYS FFA Chapter for service to its community and promotion of agriculture. The award is sponsored by the NYS Grange.

Next Generation Farmer Award — Launched in 2016, this award recognizes both a long-standing operation that is excelling under new leadership and owner/operators who are brand new to agriculture and food production. The award is sponsored by The Voss Group.

NYS Farm Safety Awards — Recognizes farm operators who have unique and successful farm safety programs for their employees. The award is sponsored by Cargill, Inc.

Established in 1832, the mission of the NYS Agricultural Society is to foster, promote, and improve the state’s food and agricultural industry through education, leadership development and recognition programs.

It has played a vital role in the development of the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, Cornell University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, the NYS Agricultural Experiment Station, the NYS Fair, and the Empire State Food and Agricultural Leadership Institute (LEAD NY). In 2011, the NYS Agricultural Society Foundation was formed. 

For more information or to join the New York State Agricultural Society, visit or contact Executive Secretary, Ann Noble Shephard, at, (315) 727-5449.

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