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Saturday, December 13, 2014 6:00 PM

Retirement Celebration for JOSEPH M. GERGELA III, Long Island Farm Bureau Executive Director will take place on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 6pm-10pm at Duck Walk North, Southold NY. Please call for reservations.  631-727-3777 Purchase tickets online

Thursday, January 08, 2015 7:30 AM

Important News for Farmers and Agribusinessmen
LI Agricultural Forum for Ag Professionals

Registration is $30/person; after January 2, 2015, the registration fee will be $45/person. For more information or a registration form, call Linda Holm at 631-727-7850, ext 341, or visit for the complete schedule.

The Long Island Agricultural Forum (Ag Forum) returns for its 34th year to Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus in Riverhead on Thursday and Friday, January 8h and 9th. This two-day conference will include topics focusing on the interests of Long Island’s agricultural and horticultural industries. All growers and dealers in these industries are encouraged to attend. The Forum provides the opportunity to keep up-to-date on the latest issues and technology, as well as to accrue important pesticide recertification credits.

**SPECIAL OFFER** If more than one person from a farming operation attends, the first person will be charged $30, and each additional person will be charged $20. This offer expires January 2.

The General Sessions will offer a legislative update and address current issues facing the agricultural industry, such as right to farm within the state’s ag districts’ program; the federal H2A program, deer and birds: a review of current regulations and management options and Natural Resource conservation Service cost-share programs.. There will also be specialized sessions for Potato, Sustainable Agriculture, Greenhouse, Environmental Landscaping & Gardening, Vegetable, Viticulture, Tree Fruit, Livestock Management, Nursery and 2 special lunchtime sessions: Loan Opportunities: Farm Service Agency and NYSDOL Ag Recruitment System.

Download the REGISTRATION FORM and SHORT PROGRAM here or call Linda Holm at 631-727-7850, ext 341, or visit

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 7:30 AM
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County is hosting a day long semar for agricultural professionals in the floriculture and greenhouse industry. To register or for more information, please call 631-727-7850.


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Long Island Farm Bureau is pleased to announce we have partnered with AFLAC on a new member benefits program for Long Island Farm Bureau members.  For further information, visit the AFLAC website at or call 516-900-1122 to reach an AFLAC representative.



Long Island Farm Bureau invites you to celebrate with us as we honor Joseph Gergela. After 26 years of agricultural advocacy on Long Island, Joe will be retiring. All are welcome to wish him well in his new endeavors on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 6pm - 10pm at Duck Walk North, 44535 Main Road, Southold, New York. Download the invitation here with the reply card here or purchase tickets online here.


The position of Policy Director for the Long Island Farm Bureau has officially be posted: Job Description and requirement


(left to right) Walter Gravagna, John Condzella, Mark Van Bourgondien, Carol Saporito, Matt Pendleton, Karen Rivara, Bob Nolan and Karl Novak.

Long Island Farm Bureau recently held their county annual meeting to discuss and adopt resolutions affecting Long Island agriculture. The resolutions covered topics in aquaculture and the cultivation of seaweed, solar and wind energy usage on private property, licensing exemptions for craft distilleries, and estate tax exemptions.

In addition, the following slate of directors renewed their position on the board: Karen Rivara, Karl Novak, John Condzella, Matt Pendleton, Robert Nolan, Kristina Reedy, Mark Van Bourgondien, Alex Balsam, Kirk Weiss Jr.. While Karen Rivara continues her role as President of the Long Island Farm Bureau, Karl Novak, a nurseryman from Laurel, will take the Vice President position. 

Continuing on the board with unexpired terms are Bill Brauninger, Holly Browder, Kareem Massoud, Pete Meyer, Carol Saporito, Denise Speizio, Richard Stabile, TJ Star and James Waters.
Retiring from the Board of Directors this year is Lyle Wells. We'd like to thank him for his years of service in leadership at Farm Bureau!


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Long Island Farm Bureau is a county Farm Bureau in New York State, and is affiliated by agreement with New York Farm Bureau.  Long Island Farm Bureau programs and services are available only to Farm Bureau members within Long Island. The political views expressed in these pages represent the Long Island Farm Bureau's position on various issues as they relate to Long Island.

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