At its state Annual Meeting in Albany, New York Farm Bureau presented a number of awards to members and counties that have excelled in the Farm Bureau mission to “serve and strengthen agriculture.”
The Young Farmers and Ranchers program handed out three awards for their annual contests. Winners of these awards will represent New York at the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting this January in Phoenix, Az.
The New York State Discussion Meet champion is Marc Silva from Cayuga County. The Excellence of Agriculture award was presented to Emmaline Long from Genesee County, and the 2016 New York State Achievement Award winners are Bret and Johanna Bossard from Madison County.
Membership is a crucial part of Farm Bureau and many individuals took an active role in the campaign to increase numbers. Many individuals worked tirelessly to recruit new members and over 20 people were awarded for their efforts.
Chenango County Farm Bureau received the coveted “New York Farm Bureau Trophy for Membership Excellence.” It goes to the county Farm Bureau that ranks the highest in six membership categories.
The Promotion and Education Award which recognizes a county Farm Bureau’s efforts, program and creativity was given to Seneca County Farm Bureau for its “Why I Farm” series of articles featured in local newspapers and websites.
Lastly, New York Farm Bureau awarded the “Farm Bureau Key” to counties that excel in overall program accomplishment. Four counties won the 2016 Gold Key Award. They are Allegany, Chenango, Washington and Onondaga County Farm Bureaus.
Farm Credit East was also recognized at the awards banquet for its 100 years of service to New York’s farmers.