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New York youth agriculture leadership conference 2024

New York youth agriculture leadership conference 2024

By Blake Jackson

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the launch of New York's inaugural collaborative youth agriculture leadership conference, a key initiative highlighted in her 2024 State of the State address.

Scheduled for November 2024 in partnership with Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences New York Agriculture Education & Outreach Program, the conference aims to foster deeper collaboration among youth agriculture organizations.

It seeks to identify opportunities for enhanced youth engagement that align with the evolving workforce needs of the agricultural industry.

The conference, which is by invitation only, targets students in grades 11 and 12 actively involved in FFA chapters, county 4-H programs, or MANRRS chapters. It promises to provide participants with valuable educational, leadership, and training opportunities in agriculture.

Participants will have the chance to engage directly with state leaders, gaining insights into how policy shapes the interconnected industries of food, agriculture, and natural resources.

The event aims to encourage dialogue on the challenges and prospects within these sectors, while also spotlighting diverse career pathways available in agriculture.

Governor Hochul emphasized the importance of agricultural education in developing future leaders who understand the origins of our food, appreciate the efforts of farmers, and are committed to supporting agricultural communities.

This initiative reflects New York's commitment to revitalizing agricultural education across urban, suburban, and rural communities, ensuring a robust pipeline of talent for the industry's future.

Partners including New York FFA, 4-H, and MANRRS are integral to the conference's success, each bringing unique perspectives and opportunities for youth development.

The collaboration aims to inspire and empower young minds, equipping them with leadership skills and educational experiences necessary to drive innovation and sustainability in agriculture.

Applications are now open, with a deadline of July 15. Late submissions will be considered on a rolling basis, contingent upon availability. Governor Hochul and her administration are enthusiastic about the conference's potential to shape initiatives that will have a lasting impact on New York State's agricultural landscape.

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