I am extremely excited for the First Annual Meeting of New York Agri-Women scheduled for February 26, 2011 at Morrisville State College. On Friday, February 25th there will be a Happy Hour/Dinner Meet-up at the White Eagle Conference Center‘s Tipee Room.
There is a jammed packed schedule for Saturday so make sure to come early. Registration will take place from 8-9am on Morrisville State College. The theme for this year’s meeting is “Our Vision, Our Future” – an appropriate them for a new agriculture organization.
Chris Wilson (@Women4Ag), the President of American Agri-Women (“AAW”), will be addressing the group via Skype. She will be able to take questions from the audience about the mission of AAW. There will subsequently be a business meeting for New York Agri-Women. If you are interested in filling a vacant leadership position, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. After the business meeting, Josh Nelson will speak on “Innovations in Composting and the Critical Role of Organics.”
I am particularly excited for the panel of female entrepreneurs involved in New York agriculture. Among the panelists include Erica Leubner from Tim’s Pumpkin Patch, Rebecca Muir from Schoolhouse Farms, and Christine Rolando from Signet Appraisals. The New York agriculture industry is full of smart, talented women with an entrepreneurial spirit. Sheila Marshman, an agriculture instructor at Morrisville State College, will be the moderator for the panel. Anna Myers from the New York Center for Agriculture Medicine and Health (“NYCAMH”) will then speak on farm safety issues.
During lunch, Jim Henion from Genex Cooperative, Inc. will speak on “Personality and Communications Styles for the Farm.” Subsequently, Judy Flint from New York FarmNet will discuss “Succession Planning for Farm Families.” Succession planning is a strong passion of mine so I am particularly excited to hear Judy speak on the topic.
In the afternoon, there will be break-out sessions for a 1) Law Track and 2) Business Track. For the Law Track, Charles Sullivan, Esq. from Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC will start the session discussing I9 Applications. Then Lorraine Lewandrowski, Esq. (@NYFarmer) will give presentations on estate planning, property issues, and pre/post- judgment debt collection. For the Business Track’s break0ut sessions, Dewey Hakes from New York FarmNet will speak on business plans. He will be followed by Jan Bitter from Farm Credit discussing agriculture financing and Charles Sullivan, Esq. speaking about employee handbooks and business entities.
As you can see, there will be quite a diversity in topics for the day. I hope that women of all ages and industries will find sessions applicable to their interests. There will also be an opportunity later on in the day committee breakout sessions. I am hopeful that this in-person opportunity will help spur on the activities of our committees. The day will close with a dinner reception at the White Eagle Conference Center. Anne Noble Sheppard will be the Keynote Speaker.
Please stay tuned for the online registration form. Registration and Meal Ticket for Dinner can be ordered separately. We will also have t-shirts available for pre-order that say “New York Agri-Women. Our Vision, Our Future.” You can review the Press Release for the event here. Driving directions to Morrisville State College can be found here.
As an aside, I want to thank the Leadership Board for doing such an amazing job putting this together. There have been numerous conference calls and emails about this event trying to get the agenda put together. I feel incredibly lucky to have such a phenomenal group of women helping me lead this organizations.