Starting the day with a salute to agriculture
Schoharie Valley FFA members celebrated National
Agriculture Day on March 22 over breakfast with state and local leaders,
community members and Schoharie Central School District staff.
New York State Commissioner of Agriculture Richard
A. Ball, Assemblyman Pete Lopez, New York Farm Bureau Field Advisor Todd
Heyn, Schoharie County Senior Planner Alicia Terry and Board of
Education President Marion Jaqueway enjoyed a hearty meal prepared by
"Nearly 100 guests joined us for our National
Agriculture Day celebration," noted Dave Marbot, agriculture teacher and
FFA advisor. "We appreciate the support of all who participated."
Commissioner Ball, a Schoharie resident, parent,
grandparent and local farmer, said in an official March 22 statement:
"Today, I am privileged to join fellow farmers in
New York and across the country as we celebrate National Agriculture Day
and recognize the invaluable contributions of New York’s farmers to our
State and to the nation.
"It is because of their dedication to our industry
that farming remains an honored tradition benefitting all New
Yorkers—not just because they provide the food that we serve our
families, but also because of their significant contributions to the
strength of the State’s economy and vibrancy of our communities.
"Our nearly 36,000 farms are among the nation's top
producers of more than 30 commodities, growing and crafting unique
products for consumers around the globe. From plants and flowers, to
apples and grapes, maple and dairy, New York’s agricultural industry is
synonymous with quality and diversity and is responsible for billions of
dollars in sales each year with an even far greater economic impact.
"Our farmers embody the spirit of this great State
through their resiliency, strength and innovation. Working together, we
have made great strides to boost New York agriculture and set a path
forward toward future growth and success."
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