Farm Bureau looks at trials and triumphs at annual meeting

GREENE – Scores of farmers and those who support farming industry turned out to the Silo Restaurant in Greene on Tuesday as the 58th annual Chenango County Farm Bureau touted the successes and reflected on the challenges presently faced in the field of agriculture.

Each year, the annual Chenango County Farm Bureau (CCFB) meeting is a chance to tout the organization as a valuable resource for area farmers, legislators, representatives and educators who hope to promote the well-being of agriculture.

Despite its challenges in recent years - from floods to drought, growing regulations to the ongoing battle over the defunct federal Farm Bill - Chenango County’s agriculture industry is still something to celebrate, said CCFB President Bradd Vickers. Focus of this year’s meeting was put on the trials and triumphs of the farming industry, as well as contested issues such as natural gas development and environmental regulations that will have an impact on the way farmers manage their operations in the future.

“If this year is as busy as the past year has been, your (CCFB) president and the board of directors as well as the pro-ed committee will continue to be extremely active,” Vickers said to those in attendance. “We will continue to work forward as long as we can on all of these issues.”

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