LI Farm Bureau Elects Aquaculturist Its First Woman President

November 14, 2013 in Latest News

The Long Island Farm Bureau recently elected a woman president for the first time in its 58 year history. Karen Rivara, owner and operator of Aeros Cultured Oysters in Southold, also the LIFB’s first aquaculturist president, will serve a one-year term. Rivara has served on the LIFB board since 2000 in various leadership roles and is an active advocate for Long Island agriculture.  At the same time, Slow Food member Holly Browder of Browder’s Birds in Southold was elected an LIFB Director.

Representing a broad range of Long Island commodities (over 100 products grown and sold) LIFB leaders have come from farms growing vegetables, fruits, nursery, potatoes, equine, greenhouse products, sod and now aquaculture. Rivara was at the forefront of a program started in 2009 in which commercial shellfish aquaculture operations lease certain designated underwater lands in Peconic and Gardiners Bays. New York State ceded title to approximately 100,000 acres of underwater lands to Suffolk County for the purpose of shellfish cultivation, and authorized the County to prepare, adopt and implement a shellfish aquaculture lease program for this region.