BUFFALO, N.Y. — Field & Fork Network and Cornell Harvest NY announce the Western NY Buyer-Grower Regional Conference at Foundry Inn & Suites in Buffalo on January 13, 2020. The business to business conference is open to all agriculture, culinary and food trade professionals. The one-day conference provides networking forums and workshops to promote the ever-growing local food system in our region including discussions and a keynote presentation featuring a talk on finding capital for your food system business.
“This is the first time we have designed this event to include information on how to find financial resources for your business,” states Lisa French, co-founder and Executive Director of Field & Fork Network, a food-systems focused non-profit. “There has been a lot of creative public and private investment in the food system over the last several years. We are excited to bring this topic to the event. This type of investment is the key to building healthy, sustainable and economically thriving communities.”
“The motivating factor behind this conference is to establish business-to-business relationships between supply-chain stakeholders vested in the development of a strong regional food system,” states Cheryl Thayer of Cornell Harvest NY. “Ample time will be dedicated to relevant educational workshops and networking. Additionally, the focus on development finance will expose attendees to innovative financing options being employed across the country by farmers and food businesses.”
The keynote speaker is Toby Rittner, the President and CEO of the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. CDFA is comprised of the nation’s leading and most knowledgeable members of the development finance community representing hundreds of public, private and non-profit development entities. Rittner is one of the most vocal and recognized leaders of the development finance industry nationwide and has advised state and federal government leaders, including President Obama’s Administration Transition Team, on economic development finance policy. Rittner will be speaking about defining the food system asset class to increase access to healthy, fresh foods by unlocking capital for food-related projects and businesses. The conference will include other workshops that encourage thoughtful discussion around the challenges and benefits of sourcing local foods.
The event will culminate with a happy hour where attendees will have the opportunity to network. Tickets for the conference are $65.00 per person or $115 which includes a table and one general admission ticket. Food related businesses are encouraged to table and showcase their products. The opportunity to sell goods will also be available. For more information about the conference and registration, please visit:
The Western NY Buyer-Grower Regional Conference is generously supported by Wegmans and the Northeast Agricultural Working Group (NYSAWG). For information on sponsorships available, please contact Lisa French at 716-465-5704 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Field & Fork Network is a non-profit organization that connects communities to innovative solutions that foster a sustainable food system. Field & Fork Network has hosted several regional food conferences since 2009 as a way to promote business to business relationships amongst farmers, food producers, and food buying professionals in an effort to make Western NY a thriving economic region for the food and agriculture industries. For more information about Field & Fork Network, please visit www.fieldandforknetwork.com.
Harvest New York is a statewide Extension team that supports five program areas: (1) Local Food Distribution and Marketing (2) Dairy Food Processing and Marketing (3) Farm-Based Beverages (4) Urban Agriculture (5) Farm Strategic Planning. Specialists in these areas develop educational programs that increase agricultural investments, profitability, and sustainability. They play a vital role to New York agriculture by bringing together researchers, practitioners and industry stakeholders in the shared goal of growing the agricultural and food economy in New York State.
–Field & Fork Network
Harvest New York
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