New York to host food policy hearing in Potsdam

The NYS Council on Food Policy discusses how to keep produce aisles stocked with healthy food. Photo: David Sommerstein.

The NYS Council on Food Policy discusses how to keep produce aisles stocked with healthy food. Photo: David Sommerstein.

The future of farm and food policy in New York State will take shape in Potsdam later this month. The state Department of Agriculture and Markets is hosting a listening session entitled, "Farm, Food and Policy: Getting it Right in New York State."

The state Council on Food Policy is hosting and is composed of 21 members. It's unclear right now whether newly confirmed agriculture commissioner Richard Ball will attend.

This will be the council's second listening session of the year. The first was last February in Syracuse. You can read the minutes of that session here.

According to a press release, these are the council's priorities:

-          Strengthening the connection between local food products and consumers

-          Supporting efficient and profitable agricultural food production and food retail infrastructure

-          Fostering a culture of healthy and local eating for all New York State residents

-          Maximizing participation in food and nutrition assistance programs

The listening session is Wednesday, May 28th from 11 am to 3:30 pm at the Barrington Student Union Multipurpose Room at SUNY Potsdam. If you'd like to speak (you get a maximum of five minutes), you can contact the department at (518) 457-1721 or emailing nyscfp@agriculture.ny.gov before May 23rd.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Hey David…nice to have you back.
    The council might add one more topic to their list…Getting people back into the garden.

  2. They chose a poor time to hold this. Anyone actually involved in food production is no doubt way to busy to sit in a room and rehash this topic.