Young St. Lawrence County farmers travel to Syracuse for leadership conference
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 5:42 pm

From left are Luke Putney, Nick Gilbert, Patty Dalglish, Jay Rizza, Ben Smith, Bred Chester, Jordan Fisher & Kelsey O’Shea.

Young farmers from St. Lawrence County traveled to Syracuse recently for the 2013 NYFB Leadership Conference.

The two day event titled “Agriculture 20/20: Visions for Future Leaders” was a conference that encourages networking and idea exchanges for young farmers from across NYS. Workshops, exhibits and discussions were held to help address issues affecting young farmers in these hard times as well as to introduce them to resources and experts that are available.

Workshop topics ranged from “Speaking out for Agriculture,” an introduction to helping farmers prepare for media questions and to be a strong voice for New York agriculture; to “Risk Management/Crop Insurance Experience & Opportunity,” which introduced a panel of experts to discuss risk management planning and factors to be taken into consideration when choosing levels of insurance for your farm. “It was a good opportunity for young farmers to get together and discuss what’s going on in agriculture,” said Jay Rizza. Rizza, a St. Lawrence County Board Member and 2013 NYFB Leadership Conference attendee enjoyed getting together with like-minded people who are experiencing the same issues and concerns in the agricultural industry. “Interaction gets people talking, and we were able to discuss local, state and national issues that are affecting all young farmers today.”

The program is geared to both couples and single young farmers. If you are interested in joining a Young Farmer group in your county, please contact Patti Dugan, Deputy Director of Member Relations at 518-436-8495 or 1-800-342-4143.