The Council was formed to enable its members to develop a united effort on fundamental economic, social, legislative/regulatory and other state and national issues affecting agriculture in New York State. CAO is built on collective strength and policy statements that are unanimously adopted by its entire membership, representing numerous facets of New York’s agricultural industry.
Chair: Jim Bittner
Vice Chairman: Renee St. Jacques
Secretary: Brian Reeves
Treasurer: Michael Maffei
Past Chair: Sam Filler
Director: Mary Jeanne Packer
Director: Jodi Smith Krzysiak
Executive Secretary: Sue VanAmburgh
JANUARY 2023 - Members of the Empire State Council of Agricultural Organizations (CAO) joined together with industry representatives in Syracuse, NY for the 2023 CAO Annual Meeting. Thank you to everyone who attended. After addresses from NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball, Cornell University Dean Benjamin Houlton, Ph.D. guest speakers from the NYS Ag Mediation Program, and an update from Cornell Trustees , members reviewed and voted on policy changes for the 2023 Policy Book.
MARCH 1, 2023
CAO Members are back to in-person meetings with legislators this year. Check your emails for more information about CAO's 2023 Lobby Day.
Interested in attending? Please contact Sue VanAmburgh at email@example.com