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					                                       State Annual Meeting Wrap-Up                                                                                                    New and Reoccurring Pests in
                                                                                                                                                                        Corn, Wheat and Soybeans
Yates County Farm Bureau members attended the New              and in Washington, D.C. this past year resulted in a number
                                                                                                                                                                           Wednesday, January 9
York Farm Bureau’s State Annual Meeting held December          of farmer-friendly changes that improved the business cli-
4 thru the 6 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany. About 400         mate for its members, helping to keep farm families on                                                       12:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
delegates, members and supporters of New York Farm Bu-         their land in these challenging economic times.                                              At the Cornell Cooperative Extension Cayuga County
reau were in attendance. This yearly event brings together                                                                                                              248 Grant Avenue, Auburn
farmers from across New York to discuss and vote on sig-       There are still a number of other important issues to farm-
                                                                                                                               Cornell Cooperative Extension Cayuga County invites you to attend the New and Reoccurring Pests in Corn, Wheat and
nificant policy resolutions that will set the agenda for the   ing that must be addressed including immigration reform,
                                                                                                                               Soybeans Seminar to be held on Wednesday, January 9. Pre-registration is required and the deadline is January 7th.
new year. It is a true democratic process where farmers        unreasonable expansion of the Clean Water Act, and labor
                                                                                                                               Cost is $20 per person.
reach consensus to benefit the state’s diverse agricultural    concerns, as well as the ongoing struggle with the Farm
community.                                                     Bill. All of which were discussed at State Annual Meeting.
                                                                                                                               Itinerary: Gary Bergstrom and J. Keith Waldron will discuss the recently found or reoccurring insects and diseases that
                                                                                                                               were found prominently in corn, soybeans and small grains in the Central New York area, and those they predict could
Yates County Farm Bureau was awarded a Silver Key              “Our farmer members look forward to a productive State
                                                                                                                               become a challenge to the 2013 field crops.
Award in Policy Development & Implementation - State           Annual Meeting to strengthen the agricultural community
& National. Monies received from the award will be used        that contributes so much to the economy of this state and
                                                                                                                               DEC recertification credits will be awarded. Two credits in category 1a or 10 or 21 or 23. To register, please send a
locally for Yates County Farm Bureau Educational pro-          provides safe, local food that feeds the people of New York
                                                                                                                               check made payable to “Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County” and mail to Peggy Lillie, Cornell Coopera-
grams.                                                         and the world,” said New York Farm Bureau President
                                                                                                                               tive Extension Cayuga County, 248 Grant Avenue, Auburn, NY 13021. Included with the check, please send the name
                                                               Dean Norton.
                                                                                                                               (s) and contact information for those you are registering for the New and Reoccurring Pests in Corn, Wheat and Soy-
New York Farm Bureau is looking to build on the suc-
                                                                                                                               beans Seminar. Questions? Contact Keith Severson at 315-255-1183, Ext. 225 or email Keith at
cesses of 2012. NYFB’s work with lawmakers in Albany

                                                                                                                                                           Farmers Donate Several Million Pounds of Food
              Tractor Safety Course                                                  Save the Date!                                  New York farmers once again display their giving         today to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New
                                                                                                                               spirit by dropping off truckloads of locally grown food to     York. He also works with school children in the Scho-
An eight-week tractor safety and certification course           January 17 ............... Finger Lakes Corn Congress          the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The           harie Valley to grow their own squash for their school
sponsored by Ontario County 4-H will begin on January                  9 a.m.—3 p.m., at the Holiday Inn, 2468 NYS Route       event was in conjunction with the start of New York Farm       lunch program and donate the remainder to the Regional
31, 2013. The 7:00pm class will be held at the Ontario                 414, Waterloo. DEC Credits Pending. For more in         Bureau’s State Annual Meeting in Albany. Members and           Food Bank. “This is the right thing to do. It is neighbors
County Cooperative Extension Center, 480 N. Main                       formation contact Cathy Wallace at 585-343-3040, ext.   supporting food companies give as part of a yearlong ef-       helping feed neighbors. Last year, following the devasta-
Street, Canandaigua, NY. The first session, free and                   138 or                                fort to feed the hungry across the state. Donations from       tion from Irene and Lee, farmers in the Schoharie Valley
open to the public, will be a presentation by Mr. Jim Car-                                                                     the State Annual Meeting bring the total of food donated       lost a lot of the fall harvest that would have normally
rabba of the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine          January 21-24 .......... Empire State Producers Expo.          by farmers across the state this year to more than 5.3 mil-    been given to the Food Bank. I am grateful this year that
and Health. The remaining classes are for youth ages 14                Formerly known as the Vegetable Conference or           lion pounds. With a week or so left in 2012, it is expected    we have more to offer and can help so many who are in
and 15 to meet the certification requirements of the                   Direct Marketing Conference. To be held at the On-      that the incredible farmer donations will climb even           need,” said Richard Ball.
                                                                       center Convention Center and the Doubletree Hotel in
United States Department of Labor’s National Safe Trac-                                                                        higher. Food is collected through the “Harvest for All”              Bill Galvin, the Executive Director of the Food
                                                                       Syracuse. DEC pesticide recertification credits and
tor and Machinery Operations Law. Youth ages 14 and                    Certified Crop Advisor credits will be available. At-   donation program.                                              Bank Association of New York stated, “As many New
15 seeking employment on farms next summer will need                   tendance throughout a session is required for DEC             “Harvest for All” is a nationwide annual farm dona-      Yorkers continue to struggle through a difficult economy
this certification. This course is only offered once each              credits. To register online go to If    tion partnership linking the Farm Bureau and Feeding           and the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy, the gen-
year. The participants will each receive their own hand-               you have any questions you can contact NYSVGA at        America in each state. In New York, the NYFB’s Young           erosity of New York’s farmers and the Farm Bureau is of
book published by Hazardous Occupations Safety Train-                  315-986-9320.                                           Farmers Committee and the Food Bank Association of             paramount importance in meeting the increased need for
ing in Agriculture.                                                                                                            New York State administered the statewide donation part-       food assistance. So far this year, New York State’s food
                                                                January 22-23 .......... Academy for Dairy Executives          nership. Under the project, NYFB members donated ex-           banks have received nearly 5.3 million pounds of produce
Classes are taught by experienced volunteers, and by                   Country Inn & Suites, 130 N. Main St., Mt. Morris.      cess farm products to the 10 New York State Feeding            and farm products from our farmers and producers, which
farm equipment shop owners and employees. Classes                      For more information contact Joan Petzen at 585-786-    America food banks located across the state.                   in turn provide over 4.4 million wholesome, nutritious
will include videos and tours of Monroe Tractor and                    2251, ext. 122 or                          These “donations showcase the generosity farmers         meals.”
Lakeland Equipment as well as the diesel shop at                                                                               have for those in need. We are in the business to feed the           “The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New
B.O.C.E.S. Attendance at all classes is mandatory and a         February 7 ............... Finger Lakes Soybean/Small          world, and everyone should have access to healthy, local       York is so grateful to New York Farm Bureau and its
written exam and driving test is required to be certified.             Grains Congress, 9 a.m.—3 p.m. at the Holiday           food including those who are struggling in these tough         members for their continued support. For this special do-
The cost for Ontario County residents is $25 and out of                Inn, 2468 NYS 414, Waterloo. DEC credits pending.       times to put food on the dinner table. As our farmer mem-      nation drive alone, the Food Bank received over 125,000
county residents is $35. Parents may attend at no cost.                For more information contact: Cathy Wallace at          bers come together for State Annual Meeting, I am proud        pounds of high quality fresh food from 30 farmers and
                                                                       585-343-3030, ext. 138 or             of their longstanding support of the Food Bank Associa-        producers, and many more donate throughout the year,"
Please encourage potential employees to sign up now.
To register and for more information, contact Amy Mor-                                                                         tion and the donation program,” said Dean Norton, Presi-       said Joanne Dwyer, the Food Bank’s Director of Food
risey, 4-H Educator at 585-394-3977x429 or                                                                                     dent of New York Farm Bureau. Schoharie County vegeta-         Industry Relations and Business Development Represen-                                                                                                             ble farmer and NYFB State Director Richard Ball donated        tative.
                                                                                                                               about 3,000 lbs. of butternut squash and sweet potatoes
New York Farm Bureau
P.O. Box 5330
Albany, NY 12205                                                                       Yates County
                                                                                       Farm Bureau News                                                                    To Serve And Strengthen Agriculture

                                                                                       December 2012
                                                                                          President’s Message
                                                                                                                                                                              Your Farm Bureau
                                                                                       I would like to take a minute                                                            Membership
                                                                                       and introduce myself to the
                                                                                       members of Yates County                                                                If you haven’t already
                                                                                       Farm Bureau who do not                                                                 done so, please consider
                                                                                       know me. I was elected Presi-                                renewing your Farm Bureau membership by De-
YatesCounty                                                                            dent of the Yates County Farm                                cember 31. Letting your membership lapse past
Farm Bureau News                                                                       Bureau at the State Annual                                   December 31 can affect your free group Acci-
                                                                                       Meeting and look forward to                                  dental Death & Specific Loss insurance (AD&
                                                                                       continuing to strengthen Yates County's agricul-             SL) included with your Farm Bureau member-
                                                                                       ture. I would also like to welcome our new                   ship. Your AD&SL insurance covers the mem-
                                                                                       board members and thank the existing board                   ber and eligible family members and continues
                                                                                       members for their dedication.                                to grow with each year of continuous, paid mem-
                                                                                                                                                    bership, up to 20 years! Letting your member-
                                                                                       I realize it was a difficult year for everyone with the      ship lapse will forfeit any accrued benefit and
                                                                                       dry weather, and I hope that harvest went well for eve-      will revert back to a basic benefit, which begins
                                                                                       ryone. I believe next year will be better and we will        at $2,500. Call the NYFB office for more infor-
                                Yates County Farm Bureau                               all have a great year.                                       mation at 1-800-342-4143.
                                    Board of Directors
                                                                                       We have just gotten back from New York Farm Bu-
                       Matt Lewis, President ................... 315-536-9468
                                                                                       reau State Annual Meeting. Many resolutions were
                       Peter Martini ................................. 315-536-9208
                                                                                       discussed and debated on. One of the hot topics was
                       Eileen Farnan ................................ 315-536-9686
                                                                                       hydrofracking and the effect that it could have on New
                       Ritchie Lent ................................... 315-538-4990
                                                                                       York State. For the most part, all the resolutions went
                       Michael Murphy............................ 585-314-7504
                                                                                       well. Some have been altered to better coincide with
                       Brian Bootes.................................. 585-554-6628
                                                                                       the changing times.
                       Michael Lilyea .............................. 315-694-1529
                       David Ingram ................................ 315-536-9178
                                                                                       If there is anything that the Board or I can do for any-
                       David Henderson .......................... 315-536-8848
                                                                                       one who has concerns or needs help with a problem,
                       Skip Jensen, Field Advisor ........... 315-730-3579
                                                                                       we would be very willing to help. Also, if there is
                       CNYFB Regional Office............... 315-252-1367
                                                                                       anyone who would like to get more involved in the
                       NYFB State Office &.................... 800-342-4143
                                                                                       board or other activities, we would be more than
                       Workers’ Compensation
                                                                                       happy to have you.                                          Your Yates County Nationwide Insurance Agents are
                       Yates County Board meetings are usually on the
                                                                                       I hope everyone has a great holiday season and best        William Van Dyke          Marion Decker
                       third Tuesday of the Month. Meetings are held
                                                                                       wishes for the new year.                                   Lake Street Plaza         1963 US Route 20
                       at 7:30 p.m. at 1459 Milo Center Road, Penn
                                                                                                                                                  Penn Yan, NY              Suite 9
                       Yan.                                                            Matt Lewis, President                                      315-536-4486              Waterloo, NY
                                                                                       Yates County Farm Bureau                                                             315-539-2107

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