NYAA's Cynthia Haskins Presents Keynote Address at NYSAND Conference
- by Alexis Schreiber
FISHERS, NY - Cynthia Haskins, President and CEO of New York Apple Association (NYAA), delivered a keynote address to more than 350 members of the New York State Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (NYSAND) at its annual meeting and conference in Syracuse.
“Helping people understand the journey their food takes—from the farm to the table—is as important as the taste and the nutrition of the food itself,” said Haskins. “New York agriculture plays a prominent role in our country. The New York apple industry is the second largest in the country—no wonder they call us the Big Apple! New York is also fourth in dairy production and fifth in fruit and vegetable production in the United States.”
According to the company’s press release, Haskins’ address included her insights on agriculture and consumer trends gleaned from nearly four decades in the industry. She engaged the audience of state-certified nutritionists and dieticians on a range of topics, which included traditional and modern apple production practices, climate and soil benefits unique to New York state, and the economics of apple production in the state and how it impacts growers, communities, and the nation.
Co-Owner of Noblehurst Farms Chris Noble, a seventh generation, multi-family farm located in western New York, joined her as a keynote speaker.
“We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to connect with such a highly skilled, enthusiastic group of professionals who serve the nutrition and dietary needs in so many people in schools, hospitals, retail stores, and other organizations throughout New York state,” expressed Haskins. “We look forward to working even more closely with them in the future.”
Diced New York apples were added to breakfast yogurt parfaits as part of NYAA’s sponsorship of the event. New York apple varieties, fresh New York apple cider, and a special apple dessert was served at lunch. NYAA Assistant Retail Account Manager Cailin Kowalewski shared the association’s new nutrition kit with conference attendees at the NYAA exhibit booth.
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