november, 2019

13nov9:00 am5:00 pmCombating Climate Change: Solar Energy, Farming, and the Future in New York - Long Island

Event Details

Join American Farmland Trust for a special forum to discuss ways to expand renewable energy generation, support farm businesses, and drive action in response to climate change in New York.

When: Nov. 13, 2019, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Hotel Indigo, Riverhead, New York

Who: This forum is for farmers, solar experts, public officials, and others

Cost: $15 (payable by credit/debit card or eCheck)

Ticket price includes breakfast and lunch. Land use training credits will be offered to local officials.

For any questions about the event or registration please contact



8:30-9:00 Registration and Breakfast
9:00-9:15 Welcome Remarks
9:15-10:30 Morning Plenary Discussion and Q&A: Climate, Solar, Agriculture and Opportunities in NY: A discussion with State leaders and lawmakers

  • Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Chair, Environmental Conservation Committee (invited)
  • Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA (invited)

10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Lessons learned from Massachusetts and our Neighbors: SMART program and other Smart Solar Siting policies on farmland

  • Gerry Palano, Massachusetts Department of Agriculture (invited)
  • ​Zara Dowling, UMASS Extension
  • ​Drew Pierson and Iain Ward, Blue Wave Solar
  • Emily Cole, Climate Director, AFT New England

12:00-1:00 Lunch and Keynote Speaker: Jimmy Daukas, American Farmland Trust, US Climate Alliance States Taking Action to help Farmers Combat Climate Change
1:00-2:30 Co-location of Solar and Agriculture: Research and Practice across the Country

  • Jordan Macknick, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Cornell University
  • Lexie Hain, American Solar Grazers Association
  • Bill Jordan, Jordan Energy

2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:00 Panel: Opportunities and Obstacles for Solar and Agriculture on Long Island

  • Jessica Price, The Nature Conservancy ​
  • Rob Carpenter, Long Island Farm Bureau
  • Herb Strobel, Local Farmer
  • Local Government Official

4:00 Wrap-up

This conference was made possible thanks to generous support from the Pritchard Charitable Foundation and Members of American Farmland Trust. 


(Wednesday) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Hotel Indigo

1830 West Main Street, Rt. 25 Riverhead, NY 11901