Morrisville State College Among Ag Education Leaders in Spotlight at 2017 Empire Farm Days

The 2017 Empire Farm Days event provides a showcase for agricultural education, scholars and leadership. Among the activities, exhibits, and information at the event August 8, 9, and 10 at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, will be:

. Colleges and universities offering agricultural degrees with exhibits: Alfred State College, Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Morrisville State College, SUNY Canton, and SUNY Cobleskill.

. Morrisville State College educators: providing leadership for the expanded field demonstrations with more equipment and irrigated crops at the 2017 show.

. The American Welding Society Careers in Welding trailer with 4 virtual reality welders to try

. Cornell PRO-DAIRY Junior DAIRY LEADERS graduation with 31 youth representing 19 counties in the Dairy Profit Center on Wednesday, August 9 at 1:30 pm. The statewide program provides hand-on learning about career opportunities in the dairy industry for youth between the ages of 16 and 19.

. National Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship program information from the Cornell Small Dairy Support Program in the Cornell Marketplace building daily. The program is also recruiting Master Graziers.

. The NY Ag Leadership Luncheon on Wednesday, August 9 draws farming representatives from all sectors and includes presentation of the New York State Agricultural Environmental Management Award by American Agriculturist, the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, and Empire State Potato Growers, Inc., and recognition of the 2017 Empire State Potato Growers Scholarship winner Karen Luong of Rushville, NY.

. On Thursday, August 10, the NYS FFA Welding Contest for $2,250 in Morrisville State College scholarships, sponsored by Haun Welding and Briggs and Stratton Power Products

. On Thursday, August 10, the NYS FFA Tractor Driving Safety Contest sponsored by Case International, John Deere, Kubota, New Holland, H and S Equipment, the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, Java Farm Supply, Lamb and Webster, and the NY FFA Foundation.

. The annual Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni reception on Wednesday, August 9 from 2:30 to 4 pm.

Empire Farm Days is the largest outdoor agricultural trade show in the Northeastern U.S. with working equipment demonstrations, crop plots, educational seminars, live animals, farm safety and rural life exhibits. Show hours are 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday and Wednesday9 am to 4 pm Thursday. Parking is $10 per vehicle. Learn more at

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