The Oswego County Legislature in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County will host a series of â€œAgricultural Listening Sessionsâ€ to gather input on concerns faced by local farmers. All information gathered from farmers will be relayed to the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Future of New York Farming.
Oswego County Legislators Barbara Brown, District 8, Palermo; Amy Tresidder, District 16, Oswego; and Terry Wilbur, District 21, Hannibal were appointed by NYSAC to represent Oswego County on the 36-member task force and will attend the listening sessions.
The first session was Monday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at the Hastings Fire Barn; upcoming seminars are tonight, Monday, May 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Halfshire Historical Society, Richland; and Monday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at the Granby Community Center.
â€œThe Blue Ribbon task force was organized to address the future of agriculture in New York State. Legislators Brown, Tresidder and Wilbur are seeking input from the agricultural producers concerning the challenges they face in Oswego County,â€ said Legislature Chairman Barry Leemann. â€œWe appreciate their time and effort, and the expert resources of Cornell Cooperative Extension, in organizing the meetings.â€
Jonathan Schell, Agriculture Team Coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, will be the moderator.
All area farmers are invited to attend a session to have their issues heard by legislators. In particular, the Blue Ribbon Task Force will examine pending legislation affecting farm operations in Albany and Washington, D.C. Those with special needs should contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County at 963-7286.