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Orleans Farm Bureau wins Silver Key Awards at state meeting

Staff Reports Posted 18 December 2016 at 11:23 am
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Provided photo: Alan Panek of Albion (left), president of the Orleans County Farm Bureau, and David Bittner of Lyndonville are pictured at the New York Farm Bureau annual meeting in Albany.

Orleans County Farm Bureau was presented with 5 Silver Key Awards at the New York Farm Bureau State Annual Meeting, held Dec. 6-7 in Albany.

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:

• Agricultural Education & Promotion

• County Financial Management

• Information & Public Relations

• Leadership Development

• Policy Development & Implementation – Local

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 NYFB’s public policy agenda for 2017. They also elected a new president of the organization, David Fisher, a dairy farmer from St. Lawrence County.

Orleans 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.”

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