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Oswego County Farm Bureau Wins Silver Key Awards At State Meeting

MEXICO, NY – Oswego County Farm Bureau was presented with six Silver Key Awards at the New York Farm Bureau State annual meeting held December 4-6 in Albany.

The county was also presented with the Distinguished Presidents Award for outstanding leadership related to overall county programming.

Oswego County Farm Bureau member Eric Behling and Oswego County Farm Bureau President Nancy Weber accept the Silver Key Award at the New York Farm Bureau State annual meeting.
Oswego County Farm Bureau member Eric Behling and Oswego County Farm Bureau President Nancy Weber accept the Silver Key Award at the New York Farm Bureau State annual meeting.

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:

Policy Development & Implementation – Local
Policy Development & Implementation – State & National
Information & Public Relations
Agricultural Education & Promotion
Leadership Development
Membership

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

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 Senator Charles Schumer, NY 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.

Oswego 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.”