Farmer’s Luncheons

Jefferson County Economic Development Office Farmer’s Luncheon Series Program Calendar

The Jefferson County Economic Development Office is excited to bring back our Farmer’s Luncheon series for 2018/2019. The luncheon provides an opportunity for the farm community to sit down, have a great informal meal, visit, and then hear an informative presentation about topics important to the farm community.  RJ’s Catering will again provide the lunch for each of the six sessions.  Cost of the lunch is $14 per person.  The lunch starts at 12pm. There will be a brief announcement session at 12:45, followed immediately by the guest speaker.  The program will end by 1:30pm.  All luncheons are being held at the Adams Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall located at 6 North Main Street in Adams NY. Preregistration is preferred!  You can pregister by going to our website, , calling 315-782-5865 or emailing . Please indicate, your name, the date of the luncheon you wish to attend and how many people will be attending in your group.   You may pay at the door with cash or check made out to Jefferson County Local Development Corporation.


Fri. October 12, 2018 12pm. Tax Law Simplification?

This lunch is free and sponsored by Farm Credit East!  Please register by October 8!!!

One of the stated purposes for the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts on December 19, 2017 was “simplification”.  In reality, many of the provisions add significant complexity to the process.

Mark Kellogg, Enrolled Agent certified to practice before the IRS, with 27 years’ experience at Farm Credit East preparing farm income tax returns, will provide an update on the new Federal tax laws impacting farms.  Topics will include:

  • – Individual Tax Rates
  • – Increased Standard Deduction
  • – Child Tax Credit
  • – Corporate Tax Rate
  • – Qualified Business Income Deduction
  • – Increased Section 179 Expensing
  • – 100% Special Depreciation
  • – Like Kind Exchanges


Fri. November 9, 2018 12pm. The Importance of Protecting Your Farmland

Dr. Robert Somers, Manager of the Agricultural Protection Unit at the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets will present on the importance of protecting your right to farm and the tools offered by New York State to help. Lunch is $14 per person. Please register by November 5!!

Dr. Robert Somers is responsible for the administration of the Agricultural Districts Law and the Farmland Protection Law for the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets with emphasis on “right-to-farm” issues, such as sound agricultural practices, unreasonably restrictive ordinances, and agricultural impact statements.  Bob received his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Forest Soils from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and completed his undergraduate and graduate education in forestry and natural resource administration.

Fri. December 14, 2018 12pm. Connecting with Consumers

Beth Meyer, Director of Consumer Confidence with American Dairy Association of Northeast will present on connecting with consumers. It’s the paradox everyone in agriculture is familiar with: at a time when the average American is three generations removed from the farm, consumers have greater interest – and opinions – in what farmers do and how they do it. This presentation will look atn the consumer research and offer tips on how to connect and communicate with the families that purchase your products. Lunch is $14 per person. Please register by December 10!!

Beth Meyer is Director of Consumer Confidence for American Dairy Association North East, the checkoff organization representing farmers in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C. and northern Virginia. She has completed dozens of media interviews with local and national print and broadcast media outlets on topics ranging from farm energy efficiencies and sustainability efforts, consumer milk pricing, the nutritional benefits of dairy products, and the annual butter sculpture at the New York State Fair. She has also prepared a variety of diverse audiences, including dairy farmers, CAFO planners, Soil and Water staff, veterinarians and registered dietitians for both positive and potentially controversial media interviews. Beth heads up the Crisis Management team for ADA North East  and the New York Dairy Issues Team, serving as point person in developing strategies, talking points, and response plans for issues affecting the dairy industry.

Fri. January 11, 2019 12pm. Improving Media Coverage of Agriculture

David Sommerstein, Assistant News Director and Reporter for North Country Public Radio will share how he has covered agriculture for North Country Public Radio and National Public Radio and will engage the audience with a conversation about how to improve coverage of agriculture on NCPR and in the wider media. Lunch is $14 per person. Please register by January 7!!

David Sommerstein, assistant news director and reporter at North Country Public Radio, has covered agriculture in the North Country for almost twenty years. He’s reported on milk price highs and lows, the yogurt boom, the increase in Hispanic farmworkers on dairy farms in Upstate New York, and the growth of the “local food” movement in the region.  He’s won the “Cap” Creal Award for Excellence in Journalism from the NYS Agricultural Society numerous times.

Fri. February 8, 2019 12pm. Program to be determined.

Fri. March 8, 2019 12pm. Program to be determined.

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