GREENE – Given agriculture's prominence in Chenango County industry, it's only suitable that an organization developed to serve and strengthen agriculture discuss the current issues facing the farming community across that region and nationwide.
That was the takeaway at the 59th annual meeting of the Chenango County Farm Bureau (CCFB) held Tuesday at the Silo Restaurant in Greene, where members convened to update CCFB policies as well as address the modern-day concerns of agriculture, from issues in state and federal legislation to farmers helping farmers.
The organization strives to be the voice between agriculturalists and legislators in Albany and Washington.
“Policy development starts at the grassroots level by those that participate,” said CCFB President Bradd Vickers. “You, the members, will determine the path of the Farm Bureau. Your ideas can make a difference.”
The CCFB had plenty to tout this year, including receipt of all seven Silver Keys (awarded for addressing criteria in certain ag related programs), in addition to being awarded its 14th National American Farm Bureau County Activities of Excellence Award during the New York State Farm Bureau annual meeting in Albany.
The CCFB Board applauded its corporate supporters and gave recognition to its deserving members during the event. This year's CCFB Advocated of Agriculture Award was issued to Betty Ann Robinson, a longtime CCFB member, agriculture education teacher, and leader of the Otselic Valley Central School chapter of the FFA.