Farmers and neighbors connect at dinner, benefit for FFA

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 March 2017 at 2:19 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

LYNDONVILLE – About 200 people attended the annual Farmer to Neighbor Night on Saturday at The White Birch. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was among the speakers. Here she meets Alyssa Root, 15, a member of the Medina FFA. Hochul was joined at the event by her husband, Bill Hochul, the former U.S. attorney.

Hochul told the crowd the governor has been working to promote agriculture and wants to expand FFA programs. His budget proposal includes funding for an additional 100 FFA chapters in the state, Hochul said. Hochul this past week met with some local FFA students in Albany.

Dennis Kirby, manager of the Soil and Water Conservation District in Orleans County, said the group is working with several local farms on conservation initiatives.

Becky Charland, director of the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce, urged the community to attend the upcoming Home and Garden Show on April 8-9 at the 4-H Fairgrounds.

Barry Flansburg served as emcee for the event, which included a silent auction. Garrett Derisley, a member of the Albion FFA, holds one of the items that was up for bid. Proceeds from the auction benefit the FFA program in Orleans County.

Jeremy Neal, an Albion dairy farmer, made this giant version of the Battleship game that was auctioned off. Neal made the pieces out of wood and painted them.

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