The New York State Vegetable Growers Association, Inc. is one of the oldest agricultural organizations in New York State. Founded in 1911, the association is a not-for-profit corporation that serves commercial fresh market, storage and processing vegetable growers. It is guided by a fifteen member Board of Directors who represent the major commodities produced throughout New York State.
This organization provides educational opportunities and resources for our members regarding production, management and marketing; increases public awareness of the importance and value of the New York State produce industry; and promotes New York producers and their product at local, regional and national levels. Related research that is done through Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension is supported by this organization as well. In addition, this association works with other agricultural organizations and government officials to promote the vegetable industry.
The New York State Vegetable Growers Association sponsors The Empire State Fruit and Vegetable Expo with Cornell Cooperative Extension, The NYS Horticultural Society, The NYS Berry Growers Association and The Empire State Potato Growers Club. The Expo is held the second week of February and is a premier educational event that features current and beneficial information for growers of processing, fresh market and storage vegetables, as well as tree fruit, stone fruit and berry growers. A variety of topics are covered in these educational sessions, including sessions on cabbage, onions, potatoes, vine crops, apples and sweet corn. A trade show and related meetings are also a part of this important conference with the opportunity to earn certified pesticide applicator credits. Exhibitor/trade show information is available in mid-September. A preconference program is available in early December from this organization and from Cornell Cooperative Extension Offices.