BATAVIA - Chautauqua County Farm Bureau was presented with eight 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:
Local policy development and implementation
State and national policy development and implementation
Agriculture education and promotion
Information and public relations
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 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.
Chautauqua 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."