Eleven years ago, a group of farmers got together to discuss the creation of a new organization – one that would advocate for livestock farms and the modern production methods they used. The need was prompted by an undercover attack on a fellow farmer and the industry recognized the need to react. So in January 2003, the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition was born.
A lot has changed since then. New organizations have come to the table to support this cause. Ideas and strategizes have evolved from response based to proactive education. Consumers have become more interested in where their food is coming from and how it’s produced. The media as we once knew it has also been altered with a 24-hour news cycle and the introduction of social media and citizen journalists. An executive director was hired. And just this year, NYAAC became a 501-c-3 not-for-profit organization.
Amongst all those changes, the need for agricultural advocacy has never been greater. NYAAC is committed to positioning itself to be a trustworthy and visible source of information about modern animal agriculture in New York State. We’ve been effective with numerous projects, including the Birthing Center, neighbor newsletters and more, but there is always more work to be done. Please take a look at what we accomplished this past year and consider joining us on our crusade in the future.
For more information about NYAAC and its activities and programs, please contact Jessica Ziehm, NYAAC’s Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.