Wayne County Farm Bureau was presented with five Silver Key Awards at the New York Farm Bureau State Annual Meeting, held Dec. 3 through 5 in Syracuse.
The Silver Key Awards are presented to county Farm Bureaus that have exhibited excellence in a variety of categories relating to effectiveness in policy implementation, promoting agriculture amongst the public and in classrooms, leadership development, and membership building.
The awards were presented for excellence in the following categories: Information & public relations, agricultural education & promotion, leadership development, membership and young farmer programming.
In addition, Zachary Debadts from Williamson was recognized with the New York Farm Bureau Young Farmer Achievement Award. The Achievement Award is presented to the individual who is between the ages of 18-35 years of age, who has excelled in leadership/participation within agriculture and their own community. Debadts was presented with a plaque, a $500 cash award, one years use of a Kubota M Series Utility Tractor with loader and an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Convention being held in San Antonio, Texas where he will represent New York Farm Bureau.
While at the State Annual Meeting, farmer members also took part in the grassroots process of laying the groundwork for the year ahead. More than 100 delegates from across New York proposed, discussed and voted on resolutions that set NYFBs public policy agenda for 2014. They also heard from a number of state leaders including State Senator John DeFrancisco, Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Bill Magee and Dean Kathryn Boor of Cornell CALS. Keith Eckel, Chairman of Nationwide Insurance, also spoke about the successful partnership between Nationwide and New York Farm Bureau.
Wayne County Farm Bureau is dedicated to solving the economic and public policy issues challenging the agricultural community. The county is part of New York Farm Bureau, the largest agricultural advocacy group in New York State, known to members and the public as The Voice of New York Agriculture.