With the resignation of its executive director earlier this month, the Center for Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Development announced Thursday it is beginning a review of its organizational structure and needs.

Current staff and consultants will continue operations as usual, according to a media release from the nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the number and diversity of successful farm enterprises and related businesses in New York.

Chris Harmon resigned effective Dec. 2 to pursue other interests. CADE will probably begin a search to replace him in the second quarter of next year. "CADE has been fortunate to have Chris as its executive director," board chairwoman Sarah Manchester said in a release.

Harmon did not return a call for comment on the situation.

The organization will use this opportunity to assess its future organizational needs, according to the release.

During Harmon's tenure, CADE worked successfully to increase livestock processing capacity in New York state, including construction of a new United States Department of Agriculture slaughterhouse in Hartwick and expansion of production capacity at other state slaughterhouses. It has also partnered with state farmers to increase profitability by developing new product lines and opening new markets.

Its programs emphasize practices that are environmentally sound and that promote local economic development.

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