Ag Day proclaimed in Chenango County

CHENANGO COUNTY – With recent findings that the New York agriculture industry contributed a whopping $37.6 billion to the state’s economy in 2012, the emphasis on agriculture in Chenango County is being touted by county legislators and the Farm Bureau.

The County Board of Supervisors on Monday adopted a resolution proclaiming March 18 as “National Agriculture Day” in Chenango County. Annual recognition of Ag Day spotlights the local ag industry and its contribution on the world stage.

The resolution comes just one week after the New York State Office of the Comptroller released a report citing a 22 percent bump in agriculture from 2007 to 2012, putting the Empire State in the top 10 states for milk and other dairy production, as well as wine, apples, maple syrup and other products.

Chenango County Farm Bureau President Bradd Vickers said the promotion of agriculture is far more than a pat on the back for farmers.

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