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: Sam Filler (Interim Chair)
Vice Chairman: Sam Filler
Secretary: Brian Reeves
Treasurer: Michael Maffei
Past Chair: Tom Cosgrove
Director: Mary Jeanne Packer
Director: Jodi Smith Krzysiak
Executive Secretary: Elizabeth Seme
Executive Assistant: Sue VanAmburgh
JANUARY 2023 - Save the Date - Friday, January 13, 2023 CAO will be back in-person. The location will be in Syracuse following the NYS Ag Society Meeting. Hotel location TBD.
JANUARY 2022 - Members of the Empire State Council of Agricultural Organizations (CAO) joined together with industry representatives at via Zoom for the 2022 CAO Annual Meeting January 7, 2022. Thank you to everyone who attended. After addresses from NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball and Cornell University Dean Benjamin Houlton, Ph.D., members reviewed and voted on policy changes for the 2022 Policy Book.
CAO Members will once again be meeting virtually with legislators this year. More information to come on CAO's 2022 Lobby Day(s).