2019 Northeast Region Agribusiness                 & CCA Conference

Featuring the Cornell Field Crop Dealer Meeting and NYS IPM Vegetable School


December 3 - 5, 2019 - DoubleTree Hotel, East Syracuse

Conference is still on.

*The hotel says light snow happening all day. Major roads are clear.

Online Pre-registration is now closed. You  can still walk-in register for the event.

DEC Applicator Credits    * Over 23 CCA CEUs


Agribusiness, Farmers and Veteran Crop Advisers: Attend Advanced or Basic Training Sessions at your own discretion to earn credits both DEC (for any sessions thus designated PM) and CCA credits.


Industry Expo- The Conference will include an Industry Expo featuring Sponsor, Government, and Cornell exhibits all three days.


Wednesday Night Happy Hour Reception- Cash Bar will be open Wednesday afternoon in the Industry Expo room 5 pm til 7 pm.


Industry Luncheon- Dec. 4 is an industry luncheon, featuring NYSABA Business and Political Updates. 


Aspiring Crop Advisers: Individuals seeking certification should attend the NRCCA Basic Training. Basic Training does not include the exam registration fee. Basic Training Registration is for all three days. Basic Training participants need a NRCCA Training Manual. Manuals are online at www.northeastregioncca.com. You must bring a manual to training. Additional training materials are being created for registrants, including exclusive Cornell Training Videos. PRE-Registration required by November 8, 2019.

Registration & Discounts:

  1. Register by Nov.8 and receive $10 off for each day!

  2. NYSABA members receive $10 off total registration!


Hotel Information: Double Tree Hotel, 6301 State Route 298, East Syracuse, NY 13057. Room rate: $111 per night if booked before November 10, 2019. Call (315) 432-0200 or the Central Reservation Office at 1-800-222-TREE. Tell them you are with NRCCA/NYS Agri-business, or visit our Booking Link: 

Opening Panel:

Emerging Topics in Agriculture- Challenges Ahead

Resistance Management

The Resistance is mounting. There are four weed species with confirmed resistance to glyphosate in Ontario, Canada among the 43 globally known glyphosate-resistant (GR) weeds. Giant ragweed (seed collected in 2008), horseweed (seed collected in 2010), common ragweed (seed collected in 2011) and water  hemp (seed collected in 2014) are the four species with biotypes confirmed to be resistant to glyphosate in Ontario. Surveys show that over time the number of locations is increasing and GR weeds are found over a wider geographical area. Listen to Peter Sikkema, former farm boy now Professor, Dept. of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, as he share’s his team’s efforts to investigate herbicide resistance globally and in our back yard.



Climate Change

Climate change is posing increasing challenges to agriculture in the northeast including more heavy downpours, intermittent droughts and false springs. At the same time, and in contrast to other regions in the US, there may be opportunities with warmer and longer growing seasons, plenty of water and huge markets in the region. To remain successful under this new normal, those in the business of agriculture need to consider the use of climate smart farming decision tools to help with irrigation scheduling, a growing degree calculator to better estimate crop growth, and a frost risk tool to help fruit growers reduce losses to false springs. Other options to consider include diversification of crops, good soil health, effective water management, temperature management for animal facilities and adaptive planning. Listen as Cornell’s own Mike Hoffmann, executive director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions, shares his battle to help raise the profile of the challenges posed by a rapidly warming climate and to help those who grow our food adapt to the changing conditions as well as reduce their carbon footprint.

Creating a Market for Stewardship

Can sustainability be profitable for agriculture? The Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) seeks to advance the development of a market-based approach to promoting land stewardship to build healthy soils, sequester soil carbon and conserve and improve the nation’s water. The Consortium is founded by ag industry leaders, farmers groups and national conservation groups including: Nutrien Ag Solutions, Bayer, National Farmers Union, American Farmland Trust, National Association of Conservation Districts, Soil Health Partnership, The Fertilizer Institute, Tyson Foods, Archer Daniels Midland, Bunge, Cargill, General Mills, Indigo Agriculture, McDonald’s USA, Noble Research Institute LLC, Soil Health Institute, The Nature Conservancy and Mars Inc.. The goal is to create a movement to measure, verify and monetize increases in soil carbon, reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improvements in water quality and conservation from the agriculture sector. Learn more from Tom Driscoll ESMC Project Manager and former Director of The Farmers Union Foundation. 

Online Registration & Information Tools

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Toys For Tots Toy Drive at the Conference. Bring new, unopened toys to the Conference to assist our Great Marine Corps in their annual toy drive! Toy drop off will be next to registration.

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