A Celebration of Our Agricultural Community
The Farmers’ Museum Conference on Food & Farming 2018 - Hops & Brewing

Saturday, November 3, from 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Free for all to attend!


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The mission of The Farmers’ Museum’s annual conference A Celebration of Our Agricultural Community is to inform and inspire farmers as well as the public, unifying and driving the agricultural economy in Central New York.

The Farmers’ Museum recognizes the importance of contemporary farming and is committed to providing resources and networking opportunities for regional farmers to connect with information, potential partners, and prospective customers. The Farmers’ Museum desires to be an active member of the farming community, educating people about useful practices from both yesterday and today.

At the same time, this conference will empower the public to become engaged consumers, providing opportunities for people to learn more and get involved. It is in fostering a deeper appreciation for and understanding of the various processes involved in farming, as well as the issues farmers face today, that we support and stimulate the agricultural evolution that is so vital to the health and well-being of our citizens, our animals, and our land. We start local to go global, becoming a dynamic force in the agricultural movement that will shape the 21st century.

With a focus on the theme Careers and New Ventures in 2017, the conference will provide essential tools and inspiration to take positive action: Leading experts in the fields of business, production, technology, and more will teach about the careers and ventures available in agriculture. Farmers will have the latest and best information to grow their businesses and products in exciting ways, while also broadening capabilities and capturing a new customer base. General attendees will learn how to better their families and their communities by making informed choices about their food and recreation.

The face of agriculture is changing and the future of food is now! As farming adapts new practices and confronts major challenges, the opportunities are endless. This is an exciting time at The Farmers’ Museum – we shake the dust off the crops and usher in a new season of outreach and advancement!

The first half of the conference will take place in the Louis C. Jones Center, located in the Main Barn at The Farmers’ Museum.

8:30 – 9:10 AM: Check-In & Exhibitor Visits

9:10 – 9:15 AM: Welcome and Introduction 
Danielle Henrici (Director of Education, The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum)

9:15 – 9:30 AM: Update from Albany

9:30 AM: Introduction of Keynote Speaker

9:30 – 10:15 AM: Keynote Speaker
Origins Café and the Youth Food Movement on the Future of Food 

10:15 – 10:30 AM: Break and Exhibitor Visits

10:30 – 11:00 AM: FFA & 4-H Presentations

11:00 – 12:15 PM: Panel Discussion on Opportunities in Agriculture 

Craig Haney (Carversville Farm Foundation), Rebecca Morgan (CADE), Jessica Hula-Fredericks (Insight Dairy), and MacKenzie Waro (Harvest NY) 

Moderated by Dr. Jason Evans, SUNY Cobleskill

12:15 – 1:00 PM: Lunch & Exhibitor Visits

1:00 – 4:00 PM: Breakout Sessions

*** Breakout sessions take place in the Louis C. Jones Center (LCJC) and Crossroads Café at The Farmers’ Museum as well as the Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium. Please feel free to jump tracks according to your interests. You may refer to the Breakout Speaker Bios you received for details.

Breakout session schedule is as follows:

Session 1 (1:00-2:00 PM)

Track 1: Science & Technology - LCJC
Cornell Food Venture Center/ Cornell University
Shannon Prozeller

Track 2: Production - Crossroads Cafe
Maple Syrup 
Vernon Verona School
Keith Schiebel

Track 3: Business - Fenimore Auditorium
Diversifying Revenue
Stony Creek Farm
Kate Marsiglio

Session 2 (2:00-3:00 PM)

Track 1: Science & Technology - LCJC
Ag-Tech Start-Up Considerations
Miller Mayer LLP
Paul S. Lee, Esq.

Track 2: Production - Crossroads Cafe
Meat and Produce
Hessian Hill Farm
Jess Goblet

Track 3: Business - Fenimore Auditorium
Craft Beverage Boom
KyMar Farm Distillery
Ken Wortz

Session 3 (3:00-4:00 PM)

Track 1: Science & Technology - LCJC
SUNY Cobleskill 
George Crosby

Track 2: Production - Crossroads Cafe
USA Ambassador
Hannah Savio

Track 3: Business - Fenimore Auditorium
Getting Started
Kriemhild Dairy
Lindsay Jakubowski

2017 Ag Conference Exhibitor/Vendor List


Master Gardeners

Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie & Otsego Counties Master Gardeners

Hessian Hill Farm

4-HOtsego County 4-H

SUNY Cobleskill

CADE Farms

Dairy Princess

Farm Credit East, ACA

Harvest New York


New York Farm Bureau

New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH)

Otsego County Conservation Association

Otsego 2000Cooperstown Farmers Market

Otsego Northern Catskills B.O.C.E.S./CROP

Annie's Project

Creating Healthy Schools and Communities

Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce

General Ag Career Info