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Summit will cover hemp, solar, carbon and funding opportunities related to COVID.


ZOOM MEETING: 2020 Tompkins County Ag Summit

  • Friday, April 3, 2020, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Friday, April 10, 2020, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Friday, April 17, 2020, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Friday, April 24, 2020, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


Farmers, rural landowners, and government officials are invited to attend the Annual Tompkins County Agriculture Summit to learn about policies and programs that impact agriculture and our rural communities and to discuss research to help prepare them to meet the latest changes and challenges. Because of coronavirus, this year’s program will take place over 4 Fridays in April via Zoom Virtual Meetings. All meetings start at 12:30 and last 1 hour. One registration registers you for all four meetings.

There is a suggested donation of $0-$40 per registrant. We want to make this event available to all members of the Tompkins County Agriculture community, regardless of financial situation. However, if you are in a position to contribute a fee, please do so. Your contributions make it possible for us to continue the work we do at Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County and offer free resources to those who need them.

Friday, April 17, 12:30 – 1:30 PM

12:30 PM Introduction – Graham Savio, CCE Tompkins

12:35 PM NRCS update – Erin Paczkowski, District conservationist

12:40 PM SWCD update – Jon Negley, District Manager

12:45 PM Hemp production and marketing challenges – Janice Degni, Crop Specialist, SCNY Regional Dairy & Crop Team

1:20 PM – Questions

1:30 PM – Adjourn

Friday, April 24, 12:30 – 1:30 PM

12:30 PM Introduction – Graham Savio, CCE Tompkins

12: 35 PM Understanding the Solar Leasing/Installation Landscapepanel (15 min each)

David Kay, Cornell CARDI – Solar Development in NYS and Land Use Implications

Guillermo Metz, CCE Tompkins Energy Team Leader – Considerations for Community Solar

Jay Franklin, Tompkins County Assessment Dept. – How Solar Installations are Assessed

1:20 PM – Questions of panelists

1:30 PM – Adjourn

Organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. Sponsored by the Tompkins County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board and Tompkins County Farm Bureau


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Last updated April 22, 2020