The Institute for Rural Vitality at SUNY Cobleskill will host its second annual Agricultural Solutions Fair on Thursday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Bouck Ballroom
“The Agricultural Solutions Fair is an opportunity for comprehensive, proactive collaboration serving to benefit those who work in all facets of agriculture,” SUNY Cobleskill President Marion A. Terenzio said in a media release. “As always, we embrace our ability to foster an environment that promotes agricultural and economic enrichment.”
SUNY Cobleskill students will serve as “Ag Ambassadors,” connecting attendees with representatives from more than 20 resources groups and agencies dedicated to delivering business development and technical assistance, grants and loans to farm and food businesses across the state.
The event will feature representation from several local groups including the Schoharie County Farm Bureau, the Stamford Farmers’ Cooperative and the Mohawk Valley Farm and Food Business Incubator, as well as a number of state and county officials from the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, the state Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Schoharie County agricultural planning and development office and the soil and water conservation district.
Representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Rural Law Initiative at Albany Law will be available to discuss legal and education services.
National Grid Regional Director Laurie Poltynski will also attend, and agency representatives will present on the group’s economic development program and available incentives for energy-efficient equipment and lighting.
Participants will have the opportunity to register for a free NYSERDA agriculture energy audit, apply for crop insurance and speak with National Grid economic development and agriculture specialists and USDA professionals.
New to this year’s fair is a series of educational breakout sessions, which will feature discussions on a number of topics including hemp industry opportunities, launching value-added enterprises, farm and food regulation standards and agribusiness grants.
The event is free and includes lunch. For more information or to register, call Jason Evans at 518-255-5643 or visit www.cobleskill.edu/institute/ag-solutions-fair.aspx.