2 chances to weigh in on agriculture


The Schoharie County Farm Bureau and Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie Otsego Counties wants to hear from farmers, those working in agriculture, and their neighbors about the issues facing local farms and their communities.
Two Agriculture Issues Networking events will be held in April, the first, Saturday, April 6 at 1pm at the Carlisle Town Hall, 541 Crommie Road, and the second, Saturday, April 13 at 1pm in Middleburgh at the Middleburgh Reformed Church. 178 River Street.
The Agricultural Issues Networking gatherings were born out of a need for constructive discussions regarding Schoharie County agriculture; everyone—not just farmers—is encouraged to attend.
The gatherings will follow an agenda designed to provide speakers with a two-minute period to present their issues or perspectives.
Written comments will also be collected from those who prefer to share their points in writing.
Participants will also have the opportunity to network with others who are interested in the same issues, and brainstorm on next steps and action items.
All of this will help to inform the advocacy that is central to the mission of the Farm Bureau, and the education and the outreach central to the mission of CCE of Schoharie and Otsego Counties.
It’s hoped the April events will be the first of many Agriculture Issues Networking gatherings.
For more information, contact Liz Callahan, executive director, Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie Otsego (Eac283@cornell.edu), (607) 437-1934, or Steve Smith, president, Schoharie County Farm Bureau/NY State Farm Bureau Board Director District #9 at ses19@cornell.edu (518) 207-7112.