Friends of Extension Dinner

Cooperative Extension appreciates farmers at their annual dinner

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County (CCE-Steuben) dedicated their annual meeting to the local agriculture industry by honoring Steuben County farmers with a farmer appreciation dinner in Bath on Thursday evening.

CCE-Steuben Executive Director Larkin Podsiedlik said, “Agriculture is the heart and soul of Steuben County, with almost 50% of the county’s acreage devoted to farming. Cooperative Extension wanted to recognize the impact that farmers have on our community and express gratitude for all of their hard work to feed American families.”

New York Assemblyman Philip Palmesano of Corning spoke at the event saying farmers need the support of the local communities. "Our agriculture industry, which is not only the number one industry in our region but it’s the number one industry in our state," he said. “"It’s something we have to continue to be supportive of because at the end of the day these are the individuals that put food on our table."

CCE-Steuben Horticulture Educator Stephanie Mehlenbacher told the group that Assemblyman Palmesano recognizes the importance of the local agricultural industry to Steuben County’s economic development. Palmesano co-sponsored the Craft Act – which eases the regulatory burden for craft beer, wine, and spirit producers, and co-sponsored the Let New York Farm Act – lowering tax levy for family farms. With Senator Tom O’Mara, the Assemblyman showed his true concern for the local agriculture industry by hosting the drought forumthis past season.

Ove 60 people attended the annual event where several awards were handed out: Spirit of Community/Outstanding Volunteer under 10 years to Amy Irvine; Spirit of Excellence/Outstanding Volunteer over 10 years to Joan Tichenor, Spirit of Partnership to Campbell Building Supply; Outstanding Campus Collaborator to Joseph Laquatra; and Outstanding Producer to Paul and Kathie White.


Larkin Podsiedlik
Executive Director

Last updated December 9, 2016