New York State Agricultural Society Foundation

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If “growing” leadership and a public informed about agriculture are important to you, please join the NYS Agricultural Society Foundation as a donor. Learn about our primary initiatives below, and click here to visit the Foundation’s website for more information.

1. NYS Agricultural Society Annual Forum
One of the oldest organizations of its kind in the US, the NYS Agricultural Society was created to provide educational and networking opportunities for stakeholders in the agricultural supply chain. For nearly 200 years, the Society has presented its Annual Forum. In addition to sponsoring notable speakers and offering deep discussion on pressing issues, leaders in eight award categories are recognized for their achievements. Their leadership establishes a bar of excellence for peers to model, and their stories create better understanding and positive working relationships with neighbors, consumers, industry partners and government leaders.

2. Ambassador Scholars
Ages 18 to 25, Ambassadors are college students and/or newly employed young adults who have a passion for agriculture and are eager for professional development opportunities. Attending the Annual Forum is stop #1 for this group where they are paired with a mentor. Ambassadors also participate in a 2-day Summer Leadership Experience in alternating production regions statewide. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2024, the program has produced 112 alumni who are teachers, researchers, business owners, consultants, policy makers and more.

3. Grassroots Programming
Working with partners throughout the state, the Foundation invests in programs and activities designed to maximize exposure to agriculture and career opportunities for junior high and older youth.

For more information on planned giving opportunities and non-cash gifts, please contact Ann Shephard at

If you would like to make a multi-year pledge to support the NYS Ag Society Foundation, you can complete a pledge form HERE. To make a one-time donation or a payment on an existing pledge, please click the Donate button below. We appreciate your generosity.

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