For the first time in nearly a decade, State Agriculture Commissioner and President of the Northeast Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NEASDA) Richard A. Ball today announced that New York State is hosting the 2017 NEASDA conference in Cooperstown. Beginning today and running through June 15, the NEASDA meeting is considered one of the most important agricultural conferences of the year. It brings together commissioners, secretaries, and directors of 10 state departments of agriculture from across the Northeast, as well as federal and international partners, educational groups, and industry representatives to discuss policy initiatives impacting the industry. New York State last hosted the NEASDA conference in 2009.
“I am honored to serve as NEASDA President and excited to bring the conference back to New York,” Commissioner Ball said. “This multi-day meeting presents an invaluable opportunity to collaborate with our partners in the Northeast states on important issues facing our industry. The discussions that take place during this conference will help shape future policy making and ensure that agriculture remains a top economic driver across the Northeast and nationwide.”
During the four-day conference, participants will have the opportunity to take part in discussions on a variety of policies and programs, including labor, trade, farmland protection, food safety, advancements in food science and technology, and more. Former USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will also discuss the current challenges related to the export of dairy products. In addition, the conference will include educational tours of local agricultural business and tourism destinations, including Brewery Ommegang, TaylWind Dairy, Curtin Brothers Farm, and the Farmers’ Museum.
NEASDA represents the Departments’ of Agriculture from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. It is a regional division of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), which was founded in 1916. Its mission is to grow and enhance agriculture by developing partnerships and creating consensus on significant policies among states, the federal government, and stakeholders.
NASDA CEO Dr. Barbara P. Glenn said, “Our regional meetings like NEASDA are the perfect opportunities to learn the complexities impacting our members and their producers. The conversations had by our Northeastern leaders this week will drive the work we carry out in DC on the Farm Bill, international trade, and food safety - all with an eye for our cooperative partnership with the federal government."
View the full press statement here.