The Farmers’ Museum, located at 5775 State Hwy. 80, Lake Road, in Cooperstown has announced their sixth annual “Celebration of Our Agricultural Community: Annual Conference on Food & Farming” has been set for Saturday, November 2nd, from 9 am to 2 pm. The topic this year is Opportunities in Agriculture.
Experts in the field of education, business, production, and more will discuss changes in agriculture and the many different options available in the agricultural industry today. Speakers during the afternoon session will address education and training available to those seeking to move into the agricultural arena. This conference should be especially useful to high school and college students seeking more information about farming and the associated industries, as well as those older folks seeking a change of direction.
8:30 to 9 am Check-In and Exhibitor Visits
9 to 9:05 am Welcome and Introduction: John Ferguson (Director of Education, The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum)
9:05 to 9:20 am Update from Albany: Agriculture Commissioner Ball
9:20 to 9:35 am News from Washington: U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado
9:35 to 10 am Keynote Address: The Changing Face of Farming (There’s More to Ag Than Cows and Corn). Dr. Jason Evans SUNY Cobleskill
10 to 10:15 am Break and Exhibitor Visits
10:15 to 11:15 am Panel Discussion: Career Avenues Available: The Many Options in Agriculture
Panel Members: Dr. George Crosby, SUNY Cobleskill; Dr. Jason Evans; Mr. Jim Barber, Cornell Cooperative Extension.
11:30 am to 12:15 pm Lunch (available onsite) and Exhibitor Visits
12:15 to 12:45 pm Keynote Address: Importance of Education and Training with SUNY Cobleskill Dean Tim Moore
Panel Discussion: Education and Resources for the Ag Industry
Panel Members: David Cox, Cornell Cooperative Extension; Todd Heyn, Senior Field Advisor, NY Farm Bureau; Phoebe Schreiner, Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE)
More information is available on the museum website.