Ag group’s annual meeting eyes industry's future

Press Release

The Northeast Ag & Feed Alliance will hold its 87th Annual Meeting and Forum on February 5-7, 2012 at the Albany Marriott Hotel in Albany, NY.

Alliance members, agricultural leaders, government leaders, farmers, and the agribusiness community are invited to hear from outstanding speakers as they focus on the future of animal agriculture in the Northeast.

Event highlights include legislative meetings with NYS Senate and Assembly agriculture leaders, panel discussions with economic development experts and state agriculture department representatives, seminars on animal welfare and consumer attitudes, industry awards and a keynote address from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (invited).

According to Executive Director, Rick Zimmerman, "The Annual Forum will host a discussion about our industry's future here in the Northeast. The Northeast Ag and Feed Alliance is proud to provide this opportunity for our industry to engage on this topic and we invite all stakeholders to participate". Our speakers are all outstanding in their field and will be addressing a variety of topics including prospects for growth in the dairy industry, animal rights vs. animal welfare, earning consumer trust and confidence, railroad service issues, national agricultural issues and more.

Key speakers include Darrel J. Aubertine, NYS Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets, Jo Bradley, CEO of Vermont Economic Development Authority, Patrick Hooker of Empire State Development Corporation, Craig Alexander of Upstate-Niagara Cooperative, Terry Fleck of Center for Food Integrity, Kay Johnson Smith of Animal Agriculture Coalition, Kevin Bucklin of Chobani - Agro Farma, Inc., Jay Matteson of the Jefferson County Agricultural Development Corporation and many others. Commissioner Aubertine will join agriculture department representatives from the Northeast on a panel to discuss, "Dairy Industry Growth and Development".

Kevin Bucklin of Chobani Yogurt will deliver the Chobani story. Timothy Stone, Celebrity Magician, will close out our conference with his skills of illusion.

On-line registration and sponsorship information is available at

The registration form can also be completed and mailed to: Northeast Ag & Feed Alliance, 4 Youngs Place, Latham, NY 12110 or fax: 518-783-1258.  For more information, contact Sue Kinner at 518-783-1322 or

The Northeast Ag and Feed Alliance is an industry trade organization whose mission is to promote the growth and prosperity of the animal agriculture and companion animal industries in the Northeast. The Alliance proactively supports its members through initiatives in education, advocacy, and collaboration.