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Subject: FW: Hudson Valley Farmers Forum! Let's fill that venue
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2012 14:15:57 +0000
From: Stephen E. Hadcock <[log in to unmask]>
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Information about a Farmer Forum on August 20 here in Columbia County.  Any assistance in spreading the word will be greatly appreciated.  Information provided below.




Steve Hadcock


Stephen E. Hadcock

Beginning Farmer and Market Development Educator

Capital Area Agricultural and Horticultural Program

Cornell University Cooperative Extension

479 Rte. 66, Hudson, NY  12534

Phone:  518-828-3346 x106

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Hey everyone!
   As the growing season starts to really heat up, so is our planning for the farmer listening session on August 20th! Representative Gibson is set to attend, Senator Gillibrand's top agriculture aid is flying up from D.C., and Assemblywoman Didi Barrett will be there, along with many others we hope! But in order to make our voices heard the loudest on the issues that matter the most to beginning farmers in the Hudson Valley, we have to turn out the masses. Attached is the flyer with all the event details. Please send it to your farming friends, post to your facebook walls, and put up in your favorite café. And do let me know if you have a free minute to make a few calls to farms. More event details below!
   See you all there, and happy hoeing


Hudson Valley Farmers Forum
Monday, August 20th, 4-6pm
Columbia-Greene Community College, Student Dining Hall, Main Bldg. South Entrance. Parking lots E,F,G

Event Partners (in no particular order...)

Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition
National Young Farmers Coalition
Hawthorne Valley Farm
Scenic Hudson
The Greenhorns
Office of United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Office of Congressman Chris Gibson
Columbia Land Conservancy
Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Dev Corp
Food and Water Watch
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia County
Farm-to-Table Co-packers
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
New Farmer Development Program
Farm Bureau- Dutchess, Westchester, Putnam
American Farmland Trust

Draft agenda:

4:00 pm

Welcome by Hudson Valley Young Farmers' Coalition

4:10 - 6:00 pm

Panel and public comments/questions about agriculture in the Hudson River Valley

Panelists will include:

Rep. Chris Gibson
Assemblymember Didi Barrett
Senator Steven Saland (invited, waiting on confirmation)
Kathryn Tanner, Agriculture Advisor to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Other officials, TBD.

Each panelist will be given 5 minutes to update the room on agriculture policy in their realm of government, and then the entire panel will take questions (only pertaining to agriculture) from the audience.


If you and your staff are planning to attend, RSVP ... www.youngfarmers.org/farmersforum

Sophie Ackoff
(909) 762-6530 (cell)
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Glynwood Farm
Vegetable Apprentice
PO Box 157, Cold Spring, NY 10516

Beth Holtzman
Outreach Education Coordinator
Women's Agricultural Network
University of Vermont Extension

617 Comstock Rd.
Berlin, VT 05602

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