Winners of contests and competitions at Empire Farm Days in Seneca Falls have been announced.
Lyons, NY, dairyman Dan Wolf won the Kubota RTV 400 sponsored by Kubota and Empire Farm Days.
“We go to Empire Farm Days see what’s new, talk to specific product
dealers, and see people we do not cross paths with anywhere else,” Wolf
adds. “It was a great surprise to win. It will get used a lot in varied
ways because it is so convenient to jump on and go. It is a fair
distance between the dairy complex and the shop, so the RTV is already
saving us a lot of jogging back and forth,” Wolf says.
Dairy farmer Brad Almeter of Strykersville in western New York won the
Savage 10 Trophy Hunter XP bolt action, accutrigger rifle with a Nikon
39x40 BDC scope sponsored by Beikirch’s Ammunition of Rochester.
Almeter says, “I try to go to Empire Farm Days every year. I was very
surprised to win the rifle this year and plan to use it to hunt deer and
Joanne Schoonmaker of Manlius, Onondaga County, won the Empire Farm
Days Equine Center saddle sponsored by Empire Farm Days.
Schoonmaker, who grew up on a small farm in the Hudson Valley and now
own three horses, says, “I have always been interested in agricultural
enterprises and Empire Farm Days is a wonderful place to be among the
farming community, to see the equipment, and attend the different equine
demonstrations each year.”
The top three winners of the 2013 New York State FFA Welding Contest,
sponsored by Haun Welding, Briggs and Stratton Yard Power Products
Group, Clinton Tractor and Implement, and the Calidonna Family, at
Empire Farm Days received Morrisville State College scholarships. Dakota
Pingrey of Pioneer Central School, Yorkshire, NY, earned top individual
honors, followed by Perry Lewis of Penn Yan Central School and Hewitt
Meeder of Sherman Central School. Meeder and Gabe Rater of Sherman
Central School earned the High Team Performance honors.
The New York State Tractor Driving Safety Contest, sponsored by John
Deere, Kubota, H&S Farm Equipment, New Holland Case International,
the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, Massey
Ferguson, Java Farm Supply, Mabie Brothers, and the NYS FFA Leadership
Training Foundation at the 2013 Empire Farm Days welcomed students from
across the state. The winner of the Junior Division for 14-16-year-olds
was Hadley Palmerton of Pioneer Central School. Dakota Pingrey of
Pioneer Central School won the Senior Division for 16-18-year-olds.
Michael Murphy of Wayland, NY, received the 2013 Empire State Potato
Growers Association Scholarship at the 2013 Empire Farm Days Ag
Leadership Luncheon. The scholarship provides $500 per academic year for
up to four consecutive years of agricultural education. Murphy has
begun studying agricultural science with a business minor at Cornell
Sheland Dairy Farms, owned and operated by the Donald, Doug, and Todd
Shelmidine of Jefferson County, was presented the NYS Agricultural
Environmental Management Award, co-sponsored by the Empire State Potato
Growers, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, and
American Agriculturist magazine at the 2013 Empire Farm Days Leadership
Wickham, who manages the Northeast’s largest outdoor agricultural show,
says, “We thank the Empire State Potato Growers Association, all the
agribusiness sponsors, and FFA leaders who make the annual Empire Farm
Days prize giveaways and youth contests possible. The prize winners are
always thrilled to receive the practical items they can put to use right
away on their farms and the students can add their successful
competition performances to their resumes.”
Planning for the Aug. 5-7, 2014 Empire Farm Days is already underway.
For more details, contact Empire Farm Days Manager Melanie Wickham, 877-697-7837, firstname.lastname@example.org.