New York Farm Bureau presented a number of awards at its Tuesday night awards banquet to those members and counties that have excelled in the Farm Bureau mission to “serve and strengthen agriculture.” The dinner, sponsored by Farm Credit East, announced awards for Young Farmers, Promotion and Education and Membership.

From Left to Right: New York State Discussion Meet champion Sarah Blood from Schoharie County, New York State Achievement Award winner Stuart Ziehm from Washington County and the Excellence of Agriculture award winner Johanna Fox-Bossard from Madison County.

From Left to Right: New York State Discussion Meet champion Sarah Blood from Schoharie County, New York State Achievement Award winner Stuart Ziehm from Washington County and the Excellence of Agriculture award winner Johanna Fox-Bossard from Madison County.

The Young Farmer program handed out three awards for their annual contests. Winners of these awards will represent New York at the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting this January in San Diego, California. The New York State Discussion Meet champion was Sarah Blood from Schoharie County, the Excellence of Agriculture award was presented to Johanna Fox-Bossard from Madison County and the 2014 New York State Achievement Award winner was Stuart Ziehm from Washington County.

Membership is a crucial part of Farm Bureau and many individuals took an active role in the campaign to increase numbers. Many individuals worked tirelessly to recruit new members and over 40 people were awarded for their efforts.

Lastly, the Farm Bureau awards the “Farm Bureau Key” to counties that excel in overall program accomplishment. Four counties won the 2014 Gold Key Award. They are Chautauqua, Schuyler, Tompkins and Wyoming County Farm Bureaus.