The National Farm Viability Conference (NFVC) took place at the Albany Capital Center May 22-24, 2017. Focused on strengthening farm sustainability, building stronger and more resilient local food systems and supporting the long-term profitability of farm entrepreneurs from start-ups to generational businesses, the conference audience targeted professionals in the fields of farm and food business planning, financial planning, agricultural financing, farmland conservation, agricultural market development and food hub management. A valuable networking opportunity, the conference facilitated learning among professionals in the field, the development of new knowledge and skills, and visits to farms and value-added processing facilities.
Featured speaker John Piotti, the President and CEO of American Farmland Trust (AFT), discussed how farm viability is linked to issues of farmland protection, farmland access and environmentally sound farming practices. He explored specific examples where AFT is working with partners around the nation in food systems planning, aiding beginning farmers in securing access to land and supporting women landowners in land stewardship. John has worked at the forefront of sustainable agriculture since the early 1990s. He helped found Maine Farmland Trust, served as its president and was elected to the Maine State Legislature.
This year’s conference was a collaboration between The Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation, GrowNYC and The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program. Visit farmviabilityconference.com for more information.