1. Protecting Yourself and Your Team: Coverage Essentials for Businesses

Anthony Tomaselli- Ombudsman/Advocate for Business, NYS Workers’ Compensation Board

Alecia Brabant, ASP – Risk Control Consultant, New York State Insurance Fund

This session will cover: Workers’ Compensation, Disability Benefits, and Paid Family Leave, including insurance types, coverage requirements, and employers’ obligations under the law. We will also look at:

  • Who needs coverage and who does not need coverage

  • How and when to report an injury or illness (including COVID-19)

  • Considerations when hiring independent contractors, laborers, and domestic workers

  • Lowering premiums

Additional overview of complimentary services available to NYFB members from NYSIF.
  • How to create a safe work environment and help reduce your workers compensation premium.
  • Identification of injury patterns and trends in the NYS Farming Industry.
  • The new NYSIF Risk Control Resource center.
  • Safety consultation and training services from NYSIF.

2. Property Ownership

Henry Mondschein, Investment Advisor Representative of GWN Securities, Inc.

Have you wondered what is the best way to title the ownership of a property?  This presentation will give you the pros and cons of different property titling to consider for today and down the road.  This covers land as well as any assets you own.  

3. Fire Realities Mitigating the Risk, Protecting Property & Lives Through Pre-planning & Awareness

Chuck Thompson: Director Customer Relations – E Fire USA

Felix Reyes: Director Operations – E Fire USA

The realities of fire are sometimes overlooked, and fire protection is based on meeting compliance standards set by authorities to give you a base level of fire safety. These guidelines are important and should be adhered to. Unfortunately, they do not represent the realities of fire and every business, home, vehicle/machine can present unique situations…simply put there is Never Enough Fire Protection

Learn more about the Realities of Fire and how you can protect property & lives though pre-planning & awareness.

Raffle for Elide Fire Home Kit
This educational workshop is brought to you by a partnership between NYFB and Nationwide Insurance

4. Saving and Making Money with Solar 

Bill Jordan, Jordan Energy 

Solar both reduces the cost of powering farms and in many cases can become an income generator for you. This presentation will include a couple of example farms to give participants an idea of the economics and location decisions such as roof mount vs. ground mount.

Jordan Energy is raffling off a free USDA REAP application submission at their State Convention session.  Such submission usually cost $2,000 and can get your farm up to $1 million in REAP grant funds for your solar project.  Learn how solar can save you and make you money and get a chance for a free REAP grant from Jordan Energy.

5. Overtime Tax Credit for Farmers

New York State Department of Ag & Markets

Tim Pezzolesi, Assistant Director, Division of Agricultural Development
NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Sara Carlson, Project Coordinator, Office of Professional Responsibility
New York State Department of Taxation and Finance

6. Head em up, Move em out! – Driving Gen Z Consumers to the Table

Emma Swarthout, Kelsey O’Shea, American Dairy Association North East (ADANE)

Join us on the new frontier to learn how we can roundup Gen Z consumers and earn their trust at the table so they can choose to use their considerable spending power on the safe food we work hard to put on the shelves for all to enjoy. We will scout out who Gen Z is, how they make their choices and where we can best reach them.  

Like all good adventures, some of the new technology and methods can be challenging and a bit scary, but we believe that every person in agriculture can contribute to moving the next herd of consumers towards a place of trust and value and value the importance of a safe, abundant and sustainable food supply. 

With some eye-opening activities and simple changes to make back home, we will explore how to turn this 
generation that is skeptical of our practices into our biggest supporters.