February 22, 2014, 9:00am – 4:30pm
Taconic Hills Central School, Craryville, NY
WHO WILL FOLLOW IN OUR FARMERS’ FOOTSTEPS?
Succession planning is the topic of the upcoming FarmingOurFuture Conference. ”Succession” refers to farmers handing the reins to the next generation, or to the next farmers, and stories about succession from the Hudson Valley and the Tri-State region will be highlighted in the keynote speech by Don R. Rogers. Rogers, an expert in the field of helping farmers move their operations into the future, began his career with Cornell Cooperative Extension before joining Farm Credit East, the number one financial services cooperative for the Northeast agricultural industry. He’s worked with more than 2,000 farm operators and owners on everything from family farms, to labor management, to funding.
Conference speakers will share practical strategies and some intriguing new concepts for ensuring that farms will continue to thrive in our region for many years to come. Workshops scheduled throughout the day will cover topics related to succession planning, bee-keeping (because bees are the best at succession planning), the restaurant-community link to locally produced food, farmer-training programs, and vital skills training for new farmers.
Morning refreshments, lunch, and snacks are provided with a $20 registration fee.
November 3, 2013, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Chaseholm Farm, 115 Chase Rd Pine Plains NY 12567
The Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition and Chaseholm Farm invite you an afternoon of letter writing action and end of season gathering.
This is a chance to learn more about the new Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) and to submit comments about these rules to the FDA. Now is a crucial and limited time in which the FDA is accepting feedback before passing a final draft of the food safety rules which can then go into effect. These rules cover all aspects of produce farm operation – from testing of water and soil amendments, to training regimens to value-added activities. The rules have the potential to significantly impact operation cost and management strategies on all farms.
There will be detailed info about the FDA rules and people on hand who will be able to answer questions and talk about how the rules might affect your farm. Their will be letter writing materials ready and all letters will be collected and mailed the following week. Their will be good food and good beer (thanks to generous support from Farm Credit East!) and a warm kitchen and/or warm dairy barn in which to gather and share news from the summer, hopes and organizing possibilities for the upcoming winter.
During this process the FDA is only accepting personalized commentary on specific rules – no form letters or online petitions you can click to sign. Comments and concerns must be submitted by November 15th!
You can find out more here and here.
RSVP and questions to Jordan Schmidt.