Pictured from left are Madison County Farm Bureau Representatives at the New York Farm Bureau state annual meeting: Madison County Farm Bureau Vice President Greg Coon, Bailey Coon, Chris Griff, Suzie and Dave Taylor and Madison County Farm Bureau President Nate Durfee.

(Madison County, NY – DMadison County Board--RGBec. 2012) Madison County Farm Bureau was presented with six Silver Key Awards at the New York Farm Bureau state annual meeting held Dec. 4 through 6 in Albany.  The county was also presented with the Distinguished Presidents Award for outstanding leadership related to overall county programming.

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.

The awards were presented for excellence in the following categories:

* Policy Development & Implementation – Local

* Information & Public Relations

* Agricultural Education & Promotion

* Leadership Development

* Membership

* Young Farmer Programming

“We are extremely appreciative of the recognition given to us by New York Farm Bureau of our county farm bureau’s programming activities,” said Madison County Farm Bureau President Nate Durfee of Chittenango. “These awards validate the goal of developing successful programs that meet the needs of our membership.”

During the membership celebration breakfast the county farm bureau was recognized with a $250 membership award incentive for having more farmer members as of Dec. 1, 2012, than they had Dec. 1, 2011.

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 policy agenda for 2013; they also heard from a number of state and national leaders including Sen. Charles Schumer, Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine and Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Bill Magee.

Keith Eckel, Chairman of Nationwide Insurance, also spoke about the successful partnership between Nationwide and New York Farm Bureau.

Madison 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.”

By martha

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