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Niagara County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting at the Farm and Home Center, focusing on “the grassroots foundation of the organization.” In reviewing the past year, President Jeannette Miller recapped events chronologically. She talked about the lobbying efforts, the corn booth at the county fair, Ag Literacy month, and other efforts to influence political issues.
District 2 State Board Director Pat McCormick spoke about the state efforts.
A press release said, “Although the Wage Board recommendations did not go the way the members hoped, he encouraged those present to keep up the efforts to explain the issue to Gov. Hochul. He focused on the success of the Taste NY event in Queens. Many political and business leaders attended this educational event. There is another event planned and he encouraged county leaders to participate in the next event. In addition, there are new programs to encourage membership in the state organization.”
The evening concluded with officer elections. Those elected are President Kevin Bittner, Vice President Mark Russell, and board members Kassidy Voelpel, Jeannette Miller, Kelly Raby, Trevor Ganshaw and Max Russell.
When asked about his plans for the coming year, Bittner stated, “My goal is that Farm Bureau will represent all farms – large and small. Anyone who wishes to become a member, please contact any current member for an application. Any member who wishes to get involved in our policy development or events, please contact me or any board member.”
For more information about Niagara County Farm Bureau, its projects or events, email [email protected] or call 716-735-7791.