Smart Management for Small Communities: Practical Resources for Governance | A Local Leadership Conference...
Farms, Folks, and Funding: Cultivating Leadership Through Research and Practice
This one-day conference will be focused on local agricultural best management practices, especially concerning water quality as it pertains to agriculture and municipal systems. Ranging from everyday human actions to long-term infrastructure issues, workshops and research sessions will be informative of how changing behavior and technology aids local agricultural processes.
8:30-9am: Continental Breakfast and Registration
9:10-9:40: Featured Speaker: Jean Bonhotal, Cornell Waste Management Institute
9:45-10:45: Perspectives from Creative Local Food Advocates: Best Practices for Supporting Local Producers
11-12: Protecting Farmland, Restoring Watersheds
· Geof Milz, AICP, Cayuga County Department of Planning & Economic Development: Goin’ Down to the Crossroads—Farmland Protection in New York State
12:45-1:30: Chesapeake Bay TMDLs and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
· Aaron Ristow, Tompkins County SWCD, Upper Susquehanna Coalition
· Creg Ivison, Farm Service Agency: Farm Service Agency Programs
· Judy Wright, American Farmland Trust: Strengthening Agriculture’s role in Protecting Water Quality in the Owasco Lake Watershed: Preliminary Findings
3:10-3:50: Management Tools
· Paul Richards, SUNY Brockport: The Oak Orchard soil water assessment tool: A decision support system for watershed management
· Ram Shrivastava, P.E., LEED® AP, Larsen Engineers: Opportunities for Making Dairy Farms Energy Independent
Conference cost is $40, which includes continental breakfast, snacks, lunch and all programs. Register here.