The Old Clay Stone Performs at the Madison County Annual Meeting.

 The New Madison County Farm Bureau President, Nate Durfee (r) and Vice President, Greg Coon (l).

(DeRuyter, NY – Oct. 2012) The Madison County Farm Bureau held its annual business meeting Oct. 17 at Centro’s Restaurant in DeRuyter. The purpose of the annual meeting was to adopt legislative policy resolutions, listen to county committee activity reports and to elect members of the county’s board of directors for the 2012-13 year.

Guest Speaker for the evening was James Zecca, director of the Madison County Solid Waste Department, who discussed renewable energy and economic development in Madison County.

Madison County Farm Bureau elections were also held. Nate Durfee, who helps run a family dairy operation, was elected president, and Greg Coon, who is also involved in a family dairy operation/crop production business, was elected vice president.

Resolutions were also voted on to be forwarded onto the state level for consideration. One such resolution proposed and forwarded supported the change to a federal law that will allow for the penalty-free withdrawal of funds from a personal retirement account for the purpose of farm business recovery after a USDA-designated disaster declaration for the area.

The evening wasn’t all business. Madison County Farm Bureau Members David and Suzi Taylor, along with other members of their band, “The Old Clay Stone,” provided live entertainment during the social hour.

New York Farm Bureau is the statewide lobbying/trade organization that represents thousands of farm families. Its members and the public know the organization as “The Voice of New York Agriculture.” New York Farm Bureau is dedicated to solving the economic and public policy issues challenging the agricultural community.

By martha

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