“This is an important time for agriculture in New York and throughout our great nation. As farmers, we have many opportunities and challenges ahead of us, and my years of leadership in Farm Bureau at the state and national levels have prepared me well to take them on as AFBF’s vice president,” Norton said in a statement.
“The office would allow me to expand my advocacy for hard working farm families across America and give my home state a more visible role in this vital organization,” he said. “Serving in this role will allow me to still be president of New York Farm Bureau, and if I am successful in this endeavor, I will do all that I can to make both organizations even more effective.”
Norton, along with his wife Melanie and two children, reside in Elba, Genesee County. He is employed as a senior agriculture consultant at a CPA firm in Batavia, and his family owns a dairy farm in Elba.
In addition, he and his wife operate DMCK Cattle Co., LLC renting dairy cows and tillable land along with selling beef cattle.
Norton has served on the American Farm Bureau board of directors representing the Northeast since 2010 as well as the AFBF executive committee. He was elected NYFB president in December of 2008, and he has served on a variety of NYFB commodity committees, was county president for four years, and served four years on the NYFB State Board of Directors prior to being elected president of NYFB.