Conference on Food and Farming

NovemberNov 02 2019 09:00am - 02:30pm


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A Celebration of Our Agricultural Community
The Farmers’ Museum Conference on Food & Farming 2019 – Opportunities in Agriculture

Saturday, November 2, from 9:00 am-2:00 pm

Free for all to attend!

The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, is proud to present the sixth annual Celebration of Our Agricultural Community: Annual Conference on Food & Farming.  This informative event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at the Louis C. Jones Center of The Farmers’ Museum. The topic of this year’s conference is Opportunities in Agriculture.  During the morning session, 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.  The conference is from 9 am to 3:30 pm, and lunch is available on site.  For more information please contact John Ferguson at j.ferguson@farmersmuseum.org.


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

8:30 – 9:00 AM Check-In and Exhibitor Visits
9:00 – 9:05 AM Welcome and Introduction: John Ferguson (Director of Education, The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum)
9:05 – 9:25 AM Update from Albany: Agriculture Commissioner Ball
9:35 – 10:00 AM Keynote Address: The Changing Face of Farming (There’s More to Ag Than Cows and Corn). Dr. Jason Evans SUNY Cobleskill
10:00 – 10:15 AM Break and Exhibitor Visits
10:15 – 11:15 PM Panel Discussion: Career Avenues Available: The Many Options in Agriculture
Panel Members: Dr. Jason Evans; Mr. Jim Barber, Cornell Cooperative Extension.
11:30 – 12:15 PM Lunch and Exhibitor Visits
12:15 – 12:45 PM Keynote Address: Phoebe Schreiner, Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE)
Panel Discussion: Education and Resources for the Ag Industry
Panel Members: David Cox, Cornell Cooperative Extension; Todd Heyn, Senior Field Advisor, NY Farm Bureau

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