New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today encouraged members of the agricultural community to join the 191st Annual Meeting and Agricultural Forum, hosted by the New York State Agricultural Society on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at the Syracuse OnCenter. The Forum offers farmers and other key stakeholders the opportunity to discuss some of the biggest issues facing the food system and natural resource industries. Commissioner Ball will also deliver the 2023 State of Agriculture Address and provide an update on New York State’s ongoing efforts to support New York farmers and agricultural businesses.
Commissioner Ball said, “From managing pandemic-related food supply disruptions to dealing with extreme weather events, the past two years have been incredibly challenging for the farming community. I am grateful for the opportunity to come together again at the Agricultural Society’s Annual Meeting and Forum with partners from across the state to discuss ways to best prepare our industry for the future. At the 2023 Forum, we will discuss the positive and innovative ways the agriculture industry has developed in response to multiple disruptions. I thank the New York State Agricultural Society for making this year’s meeting and forum possible and look forward to these important discussions in policy areas that are a priority for the state.
Mark Modzeleski, president of the NYS Agricultural Society, said: “We all know that change is inevitable. New York’s agribusinesses will need to continue to adapt, as they have for decades, to produce safe and sustainable products. Rapid changes caused by monumental events, new technologies and ever-changing markets are pushing our stakeholders to new limits. This shift continues to emphasize and challenge the functionality of the agriculture and food system. At Forum 2023, we will showcase positive opportunities for future growth in our industry and highlight agribusinesses that are retooling or pivoting to ensure their continued viability and vitality. Now in its 191st year, the Forum continues to be an ideal venue for policy makers to connect, share and discuss priority issues.
2023 Agricultural Society Forum Program
The 2023 Agricultural Society Forum features a full day of panels and guest speakers, culminating in Commissioner Ball’s State of Agriculture address. The theme of the forum for the coming year is “Disruption Eruption”. Keynote speakers and panelists will present the opportunities presented by global, national and regional market disruptors such as climate change, technological innovation, labor shortages and the pandemic, which are reshaping agriculture in the world. New York State.
First, Dr. Chris Barrett and Monica Massey will kick off the Forum’s main session. Dr. Chris Barrett is an agricultural and development economist at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. He will speak about global developments that impact the movement of agricultural products and food security. As Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff, and Chief Innovation Officer for Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), Monica will address the disruptions affecting the U.S. dairy industry, from stressed milk markets to increased competition in the case of dairy products. Over lunch, CFO Christopher Cappetta of Harris Seeds-Garden Trends will discuss how the market disruption has impacted his company’s diversification into complementary businesses and digital reach.
The afternoon panel, moderated by Tom Cosgrove, Executive Vice President of Knowledge Exchange, Public Relations and Marketing for Farm Credit East, will focus on market innovation in local beef processing, grain marketing, wine production and renewable energy. Panelists include Callan Space from Owasco Meat Company, Michael Howlett from Howlett Farms, Benjamin Stamp from Lakewood Vineyards and Ray Duerr from Vanguard Renewables.
The Forum will also include exhibits and samples from Taste NY producers. The initiative, which is overseen by the Department of Agriculture and Markets, creates opportunities for local growers to showcase their products in various venues across the state and helps participating farms and businesses reach more customers. , increase online sales and, in many cases, increase the processing capacity of their business.
Winners in seven award categories to recognize
Also at the Forum, the New York State Agricultural Society will honor the individuals and companies that have propelled the state’s agriculture and food industry to new heights in the areas of environmental stewardship, leadership development, consumer awareness, agricultural safety, business development and the production of safe and quality food. Seven agri-food businesses will be recognized as centennial and bicentennial farms.
The Forum will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at the Syracuse OnCenter. Forum registration opens November 1 and closes December 21. To register or learn more about the event, visit nysagsociety.org.
About the New York State Agricultural Society
Founded in 1832, the mission of the New York State Agricultural Society is to build a strong future for New York’s food, agriculture, and natural resource industries by providing networking and educational opportunities to its most fervent advocates, decision-makers and budding leaders. Agriculture is a major economic driver in New York State, generating more than $5 billion in annual economic activity statewide and providing livelihoods for people in all 62 counties. More than 700 members of the New York State Agricultural Society work to build better understanding and positive working relationships with neighbors, consumers and government leaders.