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Farms, Food, and Energy in Central New York
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Planning for Farms, Food and Energy in
Central New York

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 -  Holiday Inn at Electronics Parkway, Syracuse

New York Farms Food and Energy ConferenceAgriculture is integrally connected with the future of the economy and communities in Central New York.  Farms can provide fresh, local foods and renewable energy while adding to a community’s rural character and the health of the environment.  The Planning a Future for Farms, Food and Energy in Central New York conference will highlight the importance of agriculture to New York’s economy, environment and communities and actions that can be taken by towns and counties to support local farmers and protect farmland.

The conference will begin with remarks from Jon Scholl, President of the American Farmland Trust, Patrick Hooker, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and Paul Beyer, Director of Smart Growth for the New York State Department of State.

Conference sessions will focus on the following topics:

  • Tools for Planning for Agriculture         
  • Protecting Water and Agriculture
  • Revitalizing Local Food Systems 
  • Farm Friendly Zoning 
  • Agriculture’s Impact on Local Economies and Budgets 
  • Energy Opportunities and Agriculture 

*Note: Attendance at this conference may qualify for Land Use Training credits for local officials.  A Certificate of Attendance will be available at the conference.

Download Registration and Information:  or contact Judy Wright at (315) 730-4505, jlw4220@yahoo.com.


American Farmland Trust