2020 Farmers' Luncheon Webinars

This webinar series will provide perspective on what agriculture in NYS and beyond may look like in 2025 and how that impacts our farms and agribusinesses today.  Our presenters will help you think about today, tomorrow and five years from now. On the fourth Thursday of every month from 12pm to 1pm, join Jefferson County Agricultural Coordinator Jay Matteson and his guest(s) for conversations on a variety of important agricultural topics.   Check back often to see new webinar speakers and the dates they will speak.

Jay uses an informal, "kitchen table" conversation format to talk with our guests about their important topics of the day. You, as a participant, are invited to submit your questions at any time during the conversation. Jay will do his best to integrate your questions into the conversation.

Thanks to our sponsors, our Farmers' Luncheon webinars are free!:

Converse Laboratories

Upcoming Webinars! We are very excited about the upcoming list of programs.

January 28, 2021 - 12pm - A Look Ahead at the Potential Policies of the New Biden Administration for  Agriculture with David Haight, Vice President of Programs at American Farmland Trust. 



Jefferson County Agricultural Coordinator, Jay Matteson, will interview Mr. David Haight, Vice President of Programs with American Farmland Trust about what we might expect for agricultural policies from President - Elect Joseph Biden. David supports AFT’s regional programs in New England, New York, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and California. He previously served as the New York Director, building that program into one of AFT’s gems. He has helped educate farmers, build the capacity of land trusts, and expand public funding for farmland conservation that have contributed to the permanent protection of nearly 100,000 acres of farmland across New York.  He is the co-author of “Planning for Agriculture in New York: A Toolkit for Town and County Governments” and worked with more than 20 local governments in developing and implementing farmland protection plans. David has also overseen major initiatives to help farmers protect healthy soil and clean water on Long Island and Lake Ontario, scaled-up sales of local food to institutions in New York, and helped a new generation of farmers find land in New York’s Hudson Valley and across the state.

Before joining AFT, he worked for Vermont Land Trust and as an outdoor educator in New York’s Catskill Mountains. David’s wife, Suzanne’ owns Balet Flowers & Design, a farm which produces high quality plants and flowers in the Saratoga region of New York. David earned a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and political science from Binghamton University and a Master of Science in natural resources planning from the University of Vermont. He also graduated from LEAD New York program

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