SYRACUSE – The New York State Agricultural Society will host the 190th Annual Meeting and Agricultural Forum on January 6 at the Syracuse OnCenter.
Traditionally the oldest and largest meeting of its kind in the state, the forum returns in person in 2022, bringing together representatives from all sectors of the agri-food system and the natural resource industry.
The focus will be on ‘Growing a Greener Planet’, with panelists and speakers discussing research, technology and policy development that will help tackle climate change and provide economic opportunities. to stakeholders. State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball will deliver the State of Agriculture 2022 address.
“I am delighted that we are all able to come together again in person at the agricultural society’s annual meeting and forum,” Ball said in a statement. âWe will discuss the impacts of climate change on our farmers and the agricultural industry. I thank the New York State Agricultural Society for making this coming year’s meeting and forum possible, and look forward to these important discussions on policy areas that are a priority for the state.
The 9 a.m. opening session will feature AG Kawamura, a third-generation fruit and vegetable grower and shipper as well as the former secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. He is also the founding co-chair of Solutions from the Land, a nationally recognized nonprofit that develops innovative and sustainable climate smart collaborations for 21st century agriculture.
At 10:30 a.m., Suzanne Hunt, who is the seventh generation of the family farm and sustainable 40-year-old winery, and Brian Steinmuller of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, will discuss the issues and of Strategy that Boost Environment and Climate Change Policy in Albany.
The afternoon session at 2:15 p.m. will host the Dean of the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Benjamin Houlton, who will host a panel on the opportunities for decarbonizing agriculture. Panelists include Tristan Brown, associate professor of energy resource economics and director of the Bioeconomy Development Institute at the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry; Aaron Ristow, farm stewardship program director at the American Farmland Trust, who runs the Genesee River Watershed Demo Farm Network; and Tinia Pina, founder and CEO of Re-Nuble, Inc., a New York-based agricultural technology company.
Following the panel presentation, Ball, in his annual State of Agriculture address, will report on the state’s continued efforts to help New York’s farmers and agribusinesses incorporate best practices to protect the environment and mitigate the impacts of climate change. He will also discuss the state’s role on the New York State Climate Action Council, a 22-member committee that will prepare a scoping plan to achieve the state’s clean energy agenda. and climate.
Mark Modzeleski, President of the New York State Agricultural Society, said: âOver the past two years our industry has navigated unprecedented waters as people around the world have faced a multitude of pandemic challenges. As markets and supply will continue to fluctuate, predictions about climate change and how the agri-food system and natural resource industry will be affected by emerging policies, new technologies and consumer demand are still uncertain. not clear. I look forward to our January 6 forum to talk about âGrowing a Greener Planetâ and how farmers will play a new concerted role in carbon harvesting. “
The winners of eight award categories will also be recognized, individuals and companies who have elevated the state’s agriculture and food industry to new heights in environmental stewardship, consumer awareness, farm safety. and production of safe, quality food.
The distinctions will be awarded in eight categories including:
Farm Promotion, Business of the Year, Next Generation Farmer, Farm Safety, Farm Journalism, FFA Chapter of the Year, Distinguished Service Citation, and Centennial and Bicentennial Farms.
The full day’s schedule and registration information is available at www.nysagsociety.org or contact Executive Secretary Ann Noble Shephard at [email protected] or (315) 727-5449.