Jefferson County Agricultural Development Conference 2019

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The 2019 Jefferson County Agricultural Development Conference is scheduled for Friday, March 22. The conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn at 1290 Arsenal Street in Watertown.  The program is free to attend but one must register by March 15, Please use this simple form to register or call 315-782-5865.

What Do The Grande Solar Minimum, The Washington Beltway and Agricultural Communications Have in Common?

All are topics at the Jefferson County Agricultural Development Conference, a premier agricultural “think tank” in Northern New York. Participants are challenged to think “beyond the mailbox” with a local, national and global perspective. This year has an exciting list of speakers that will take us beyond global into the solar perspective! The conference and lunch are free for everyone.

Our lineup this year includes:

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Beth Meyer will speak about communicating effectively with consumers about agricultural issues and building better relationships in communities. While geared towards dairy farming, her message is relevant to anyone in the agricultural industry, whether a vegetable operation or food processor. Beth Meyer is Director of Consumer Confidence for American Dairy Association North East. Beth works with a variety of local, regional and national media outlets on topics ranging from farm energy efficiencies and sustainability efforts, to consumer milk pricing and the nutritional benefits of dairy products.


Inside the Beltway, how Agriculture Will Fair in the New Washington D.C. Climate.

Mary Knigge will share her experiences inside the Washington D.C. beltway as she gives us insight into the current legislative atmosphere and what we might expect at the national level. Her commentary will be of interest to everyone in agriculture and those who support our farms. This will be an eye-opening presentation to give us a picture of our legislative future. Mary joined Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) in 2018 in the Cooperative’s Washington, D.C., location. As vice president of government relations, Mary aids DFA’s legislative affairs team in efforts to support dairy policy. Previously, Mary spent eight years working for House Agriculture Committee and Ranking Member Collin Peterson Mary was the lead staffer for the livestock subcommittee and was integral in crafting new dairy policy legislation. Mary was raised on her family’s dairy and cash crop farm in Omro, Wis.

Future Global Weather Implications and Impacts to Global Agricultural Production, Agricultural Prices and Agricultural Investments.

We are in the early stage of a Grande Solar Cycle Minimum (GSM)—a 30 to 50 year period when sunspot activity drops markedly, reducing the amount of solar irradiation to the earth.  These periods occur every 220 years, dramatically impact weather patterns, and substantially increase weather volatility.  This causes irregular growing cycles and major challenges to normal farming practices.  Technologies like hydroponics, vertical farming and agro-ecological farming, coupled with reduced food waste, improved storage practices, and a prioritization of wet/cold resistant crops, will be required on a global scale to reduce the humanitarian consequences.  Our speaker, Shawn Hackett will discuss the GSM and what it means to agriculture in the United States and how farms should be adapting to the challenges and opportunities presented.

Shawn Hackett, owner of Hackett Financial Group, is a frequent contributor to Barron’s, Futures Magazine, Reuters, Bloomberg, US Farm Report, Ag-TV and many other agricultural and news TV and radio reports. Shawn has dedicated his life to educating Ag industry leaders and farmers about financial risk management, hedging and the utility of indicator-based Ag commodity price forecasting tools. Shawn is the publisher of the Hackett Money Flow Agricultural Report and the Hackett Dairy Report.

We are excited to offer this fantastic line up of speakers at this year’s conference. The doors will open at the Hilton Garden Inn at 8:30 with the first speaker beginning at 9am. There is no cost to attend and lunch is free. You must register to attend by calling 315-782-5865 or completing the online registration form. The public is welcome.

Schedule of events
8:30 am
Empowering Local Agriculture with Beth Meyer
10:30 – 11:30am
Inside the Beltway with Mary Knigge
11:45 – 12:30 pm
Global Weather Implications with Shawn Hackett

The Jefferson County Agricultural Development Conference is hosted by
Jefferson County Economic Development and sponsored by: 


Afgritech LLC, makers of AminoMax
Great Lakes Cheese Company of Adams NY
Midway International Logistics in Watertown
Acadia Energy 

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