New York Farm Bureau Announces Annual Meeting Member Awards

Young Farmers and Ranchers, Promotion and Education, and County Farm Bureau Awards handed out during the first evening banquet of the two-day meeting.

Syracuse, NY – At its State Annual Meeting in Syracuse, NY, New York Farm Bureau presented a number of awards at its Tuesday night awards banquet to those members and counties that have excelled in the Farm Bureau mission to “serve and strengthen agriculture.”  The dinner, sponsored by Farm Credit East, announced awards for Young Farmers and Ranchers, Promotion and Education, and Membership.

The Young Farmers and Ranchers program handed out three awards for its annual contests*. Winners of these awards will represent New York at the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting this January in New Orleans, LA.  The New York Farm Bureau Discussion Meet champion is Kristen Brown from Walden, NY. The Excellence of Agriculture Award was presented to ­Adam Miner from Mannsville, NY, and the 2018 Achievement Award winners are Nathan and Cristy Williams of Dutch Hill Maple in Tully, NY.

Membership is a crucial part of Farm Bureau and many individuals took an active role in the campaign to increase numbers. Genesee 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 Dutchess/Putnam/Westchester County Farm Bureau for its Feeding the Hudson Valley program.* The county Farm Bureau established a program connecting farms and food donors to non-profit food assistance programs.

Lastly, New York Farm Bureau awarded the “Gold Award of Excellence” to counties that excel in overall program accomplishment. Four counties won the 2018 Gold Award for their membership category. They are Lewis, Tompkins, Genesee and Ontario County Farm Bureaus.

*Photos available upon request