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Check out our 2020 Farmers' Luncheon Webinar Series

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Thursday December 17, 2020  Advocating for Agriculture, a conversation with International Agriculture Advocate, Michelle Miller. We talk with Michelle Miller, "The Farm Babe" about her work as an International Agriculture Advocate and how she was able to reach out to one of the largest fast food chains in the World and encourage them to change their messaging about farming.  Michelle provides a lot of great information that will help you become better on speaking out about farming and agriculture in your community. There were a lot of great questions from our audience!

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Thursday November 19, 2020 Agriculture's Impacts on Climate Change, with Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Professor of Animal Science and Director of the CLEAR Institute at University California, Davis.  Our interview with Dr. Mitloehner explores how agriculture impacts green house gas emissions and climate change.   We learn that while agriculture does contribute to climate change, agriculture also reduces greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.   Our audience responded with many questions for Dr. Mitloehner and very positive reviews following the program.

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Thursday October 22, 2020  Growth of Plant Based Food Substitutes with Dr. Cheryl Mitchell, Senior Vice President of Ingredient Manufacturing, Steuben Foods.

This interview with Dr. Mitchell was very eye opening and interesting as Jay Matteson talked with her about the growth of plant based food substitutes and what this agricultural sector will look like in the future.  Questions poured in from the audience during the conversation covering the range of plant based beverage development, meat substitutes and how agriculture will be impacted positively and negatively. 

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September 24, 2020 Webinar on Women on Agriculture.

Many in our webinar audience referred to the messages in this webinar as powerful and compelling. Jay Matteson interviewed three young women, Allyson Jones - Brimmer, Ashley Willits and Casey Porter, who are already successful early in their agricultural careers. Jay explored how their background and education helped them get to where they are in their career path.  The panel discussed the challenges they ran into and how they over came them along with significant opportunities that helped catapult them to success. Each panelist shared their insights of what the future of agriculture looks like and how young people might achieve success in their agricultural career paths.

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August 27, 2020 Lunch Table Interview with Mr. Tom Sleight on Agricultural International Trade

Jay Matteson interviewed Mr. Tom Sleight, who spent over 25 years working on international trade policies and agreements,  agricultural international trade issues.  The wide ranging interview covered how the COVID 19 disaster has impacted trade, what the new agreements negotiated by the Trump administration have done for agriculture, how itrade impacts local agriculture.   

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July 23, 2020 Interview With Dr. Travis Maddock About The U.S. Livestock Industry

Jefferson County Agricultural Coordinator, Jay Matteson, was joined by Dr. Travis Maddock, an international consultant in the livestock industry and founder/owner of Dakota Global Consulting, LLC  for a lunch table style conversation about the U.S. livestock industry and meat processing.  Jay and Travis discussed the livestock industry and what it may look like in 2025 after the COVID 19 disaster. There were a lot of great questions from the audience during the program.  The video of the webinar is available below.

July 2020 Farmers' Luncheon Webinar with Jay Matteson and Dr. Travis Maddock Video

June 25, 2020 Interview with Dr. David Kohl and Mr. Nathan Rudgers. Road to Recovery - The Path to 2025 Agricultural Webinar.

Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech University and Mr. Nathan Rudgers, Senior Vice President and Director of Business Development  at Farm Credit East spent an evening discussing with participants the impacts of the COVID 19 disaster. They shared their thoughts and observations on how the agricultural industry and elected officials might carve a path forward to 2025.  Their program was provocative and served as a great kickoff for our luncheon series. Special thanks to Farm Credit East and NYS Tug Hill Commission for co-sponsoring the program!

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