Vision 2050

Envision the future of New York State’s food system;
one that is profitable, equitable, sustainable and healthy — by 2050

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What is Vision 2050?


Our goals are to:

Leverage the collective wisdom from diverse stakeholders to develop a united Vision;

Publish the Vision as a report with priorities, targets, and recommendations for how to reach this Vision by 2050;

Build ownership among food system stakeholders for a shared Vision and create a clear path for getting there.

Why does NYS need a food system vision?


Ultimately, through the adoption and implementation of a NYS Food System Vision, we aim to accelerate sustainable agricultural economic development; increase food security; mitigate climate change; and create green jobs throughout the farm and food sector.


  • shrinking farmland and development pressure;

  • rapidly increasing numbers of retiring farmers with no successors;

  • climate change; 

  • scarcity of healthy soil, water, biodiversity; 

  • inadequate protection of labor; 

  • decreasing capacity and inefficiencies in processing and distribution;

  • food insecurity/access and population growth;

  • lack of a common direction and silos among food system stakeholders.

CADE's Executive Director, Phoebe Schreiner, delivers a powerful TEDx Talk on the potential of New York State to become America's next foodshed.


New York Farmers invited to participate in statewide Vision 2050 plan through survey

ONEONTA, N.Y. – On December 2, 2021, the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE), the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, the Cornell Small Farms Program, faculty from Columbia University, Hartwick

College, and SUNY Cobleskill are pleased to launch a statewide farmer survey asking what farmers want to see for the future of New York State’s food system by 2050.

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Farmer Survey

Participate and make your voice heard!

Farmers are the central pillar of our food system, and their perspectives are essential when it comes to guiding us towards an equitable, resilient, profitable, and healthy future. 


The Farmer Survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and allows farmers to identify their top food system priorities. 


The survey represents the second phase of CADE’s data collection process, built on the results of 17 focus groups which were conducted between March and October, 2021 in partnership with Cornell University, SUNY Cobleskill, and other researchers. 

Structured as roundtable discussions, the focus groups brought together a total of 90 stakeholders from all sectors of the food system. This project follows a similar course chartered by Food Solutions New England, who released a 2060 Food Vision document produced by six partner states in 2014. 


Cumulative notes from the roundtables are available for review.

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Current Partners

  • CADE

  • The Dyson School of Cornell University

  • Cornell Small Farms Program

  • Faculty from Hartwick College

  • Faculty from SUNY Cobleskill

  • Faculty  from Columbia University

  • Friends from the New England Food Vision


The research and visioning will be informed by NYS food system stakeholders:

  • Policymakers

  • Farmers

  • Ag/economic development agencies (NYSDAM, REDCs, CCEs, etc.)

  • Investors

  • Supply chain entrepreneurs

  • Food justice leaders

  • Climate experts 

  • See our list of invitees and participants 

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