CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — With spring just around the corner, local agriculturalists would like to share their passion for farming with their neighbors and friends.
The community is invited to the Ontario County Agriculture Appreciation Celebration on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Club 86, 86 Avenue E, Geneva, NY. A diverse group of agriculture industry representatives will gather for this event to recognize the vital importance of agriculture in Ontario County and to honor agriculture leaders.
The evening begins at 6:00 pm with a social time to enjoy the delicious Club 86 hors d’oeuvres, milk punch served by the Ontario County Dairy Princess, Elizabeth Maslyn, and a chance to participate in a silent auction to benefit the 4-H Scholarship Fund. The banquet will follow with a buffet dinner, which will include a dessert table featuring Ontario County desserts and local Upstate-Niagara Cooperative Inc. milk.
Our guest speaker this year is John Kriese, a third generation agriculturist who was raised on a small diversified family farm near Baldwinsville. As an active member of the Onondaga County 4-H, his passion for livestock production and leadership development emerged. John received his Associates Degree in Animal Husbandry from SUNY Cobleskill, Bachelors of Science in Agricultural, Occupational and Adult Education from Kansas State University, and his Masters from Cornell University. John has been an Agriculture Educator and FFA Advisor for 33 years. He started his career at Wellsville Central Schools and has served the Penn Yan School Community since 1990. John is the President of the New York Beef Producer’s Association (NYBPA). Twice he has been named “Educator of the Year” by the NYBPA for his dedication for creating educational programming for fellow beef producers. He and his wife, Anita were recognized as the 2016 New York State Beef Producers of the Year. John and his family own and operate Spring Pond Farm in Branchport, where they specialize in the production of registered Hereford breeding cattle and high quality freezer beef. He is also the co-owner of the Finger Lakes Cattle Company in Penn Yan, where he specializes in the production of both registered Red and Black Angus breeding cattle.
Awards for leadership, excellence, and innovation in agriculture will be presented at the banquet including the Rodney Lightfoote Agricultural Viability and Innovation Award for Ontario County, Jackie Kunes Outstanding Woman in Agriculture; Paul and Peg Zimmerman Outstanding Young Farmer; Ralph Jerome Scholarship and Farm Bureau Citizenship Scholarships. The host family for the 2017 Fun on the Farm Event will be recognized.
Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ontario County Farm Bureau and Ontario County Agricultural Enhancement Board are sponsoring the Agriculture Appreciation Celebration. The cost for the evening is $30.00 per person or $55.00 per couple. For more information and reservations, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 585-394-3977 x 427 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Cornell Cooperative Extension Ontario County
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