Young farmers are the future of agriculture. By having a clear understanding of agriculture today, these young farmers can set their sights on where they would like to see farming go and how they will fit into the picture. This is the goal of the Leadership Conference sponsored by the New York Farm Bureau Young Farmer Program and scheduled for February 22-23, 2013, at the Holiday Inn Syracuse-Liverpool.
During the conference, participants will attend workshops and listen to speakers on a variety of topics, such as how to be a leader, time management, communications skills, and risk management/crop insurance. Young farmers will also get updates on New York Farm Bureau's priority issues for 2013 and have the opportunity to discuss issues affecting young farmers.
Ken Quick Jr. is the invited speaker for the Friday evening dinner. Quick, currently a student at Cornell University, grew up on a dairy farm in Granville, N.Y. During 2012, he served as the national eastern region vice president of the National FFA Organization. Quick has traveled extensively throughout the United States this past year, as well as traveling internationally to places like Japan and Africa. He will share his perspective and insight into the theme of "Agriculture 20/20: Visions for Future Leaders." Other speakers include Eric Ooms, NYFB vice president and past chair of the NYFB Young Farmer Committee, and Richard Ball, Schoharie Valley Farms: Home of the Carrot Barn. The conference speakers are sponsored by a grant from the Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program.
The goal of the conference is to provide timely information on issues and trends that affect young farmers and their farm businesses, as well as provide opportunities for networking with peers from across New York and the northeast. This conference is open to all; you don't have to be associated with a young farmer committee to participate.
Conference costs consist of a registration fee, meal costs and overnight room cost. The cost for the one-night hotel room is $123.17 (single or double). Hotel reservation deadline is February 7. The meal package is $120. You can also register for individual meals if you are not attending the entire conference. The meal reservation deadline is February 13. Further conference and registration details are available online at www.nyfb.org