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New York Farm Bureau State Convention 2023
New York Ag Connection - 09/20/2023

The New York Farm Bureau is hosting a State Convention on December 5-6, 2023, at the Sleepy Hollow Hotel and Convention Center in Tarrytown, NY. The theme of this year's convention is "A Bridge to Opportunity," and it will focus on creating new openings for farms and agribusinesses in the competitive Northeast marketplace.

The convention will kick off with a set of panel discussions from farmers and food purchasers. This will set the stage for the highlight of the day, a unique wargame led by keynote speaker Brett Sciotto and his team from Aimpoint Research. Sciotto led a similar wargame at last year's convention, which was very popular with attendees. The goal of the wargame is to develop long-term strategies to better connect farmers across the Northeast with consumers, including in large urban markets. The wargame is a simulation of a business situation where participants plan actions, debate, and deal with real-world scenarios. It is a unique, fun, and engaging activity that will provide answers to what agriculture in this region wants and needs for the future.

In addition to the wargame, the convention will also feature a series of workshops addressing business and communication needs, networking receptions, and a marketplace for New York farmers to sell their locally sourced products. The evening will include a special awards dinner, a fun cornhole tournament benefiting NYFB's Young Farmers and Ranchers program, and a New York Wine and Spirits Tasting hosted by the NYFB Promotion and Education Committee.

The following day will include NYFB's annual business meeting featuring delegates from 52 county Farm Bureaus discussing and voting on public policy positions for 2024. This meeting is the foundation of the grassroots advocacy organization.

The New York Farm Bureau is the leading agricultural voice for New York agriculture and its members. Its mission is "supporting today's agricultural needs and creating member opportunities for tomorrow through advocacy and education."

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