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

Saturday, November 3, from 9:00 am-4:30 pm

Free for all to attend!


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 Hops & Brewing in 2018, the conference will provide essential tools and inspiration:  Leading experts in the fields of business, production, technology, and more will teach about growing hops and brewing.  Hobbyists, entrepreneurs, and long-time professionals alike will learn the latest and best information to grow their businesses and products in exciting ways, while also broadening capabilities.  General attendees will develop a keen appreciation for the hard work and scientific expertise required to be a grower and/or a brewer.

The face of agriculture is changing and the future 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! 

Thank you for your support and participation!





The conference takes place in the Louis C. Jones Center,

located in the Main Barn at The Farmers’ Museum.



8:30 – 9:10 AM                      Check-In and 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”

Richard A. Ball, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (invited)

9:30 – 10:15 AM                    Hop Keynote Address:  Steve Miller (Northeast Hop Alliance)

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

10:30 – 11:00 AM                  Mini Breakout Session on Proper Soils and Pest Control: Adam Wild (SUNY Cobleskill)

11:00 – 11:30 AM                  Mini Breakout Session on Disease Resistant Hops: Lynda McMaster-Schuyler (SUNY Cobleskill)

11:30 – 12:30 PM                   Panel Discussion: “Growing Great Hops in Central New York”

                                             Steve Miller (Northeast Hop Alliance), Dustin Wood from Muddy River Hops, Rick Pedersen (Pedersen Farms), Ian Porto (Cooperstown Brewing Company), and Chad Meg (The Bineyard)


12:30 – 1:30 PM                     Lunch and Exhibitor Visits


1:30 – 2:15 PM                       Brewing Keynote Address: Doug Campbell, President, Brewery Ommegang

2:15 – 2:45 PM                       Mini Breakout Session on Farm Breweries: Carrie Blackmore, Good Nature Farm Brewery

2:45 – 3:00 PM                       Break and Exhibitor Visits

3:00 – 3:30 PM                       Mini Breakout Session on the Business of Brewing: Richard Mathy Jr. of Fulton Chain Brewery

3:30 – 4:30 PM                       Panel Discussion:  “Being a Successful Brewer in Central New York”

                                                Phil Leinhart from Brewery Ommegang

                                                Aaron MacLeod from Hartwick Center for Craft Food and Beverage

                                                Roger Davidson from Council Rock Brewery