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Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
 
   
Jessica A. Chittenden
518-457-3136
jessica.chittenden@agriculture.ny.gov


January 03, 2008

Commissioner Commends Outstanding Outreach Efforts

11 Local Organizations Recognized for Successful Agricultural Outreach

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker recently recognized outstanding public outreach efforts by those involved in the Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) program across New York State. AEM is a nationally recognized program that works with family farms in protecting and enhancing the State’s soil and water resources, while preserving the economic sustainability of New York’s diverse agricultural industry.

"Farmers in New York are doing an outstanding job of protecting the environment while competing in the global marketplace," the Commissioner said. "But as farmers represent a smaller and smaller portion of the population there is a growing need to ensure that the public has a strong understanding of what is going on in agriculture in New York today. I am very proud of the work farmers and their local AEM partners have accomplished, and I am pleased to recognize their public outreach efforts."

In addition to helping farmers address matters on the farm, AEM is also providing agricultural professionals the personal tools needed to successfully communicate the important role agriculture plays in New York’s economy, environment and quality of life. To date, more than 200 agricultural professionals have attended AEM outreach workshops, giving them the skills necessary to be effective spokespeople for New York agriculture.

As a result of the statewide initiative, many who attended the AEM outreach workshops are now successfully generating positive publicity for their organizations and the agricultural industry. Last month, the Commissioner recognized the following AEM partners for their outstanding public outreach achievements.

§ Agricultural Consulting Services

§ Allegany County Soil and Water Conservation District

§ Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District

§ Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation District

§ Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County

§ Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District

§ Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District

§ Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District

§ Tompkins County Soil and Water Conservation District

§ Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District

§ Wyoming County Soil and Water Conservation District

Dale Stein of Stein Farms in Genesee County and a voting member of the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee said, "Farmers are vital to the future of every New Yorker. We need to work together to educate the public on the benefits of agriculture, from protecting our soil and water to supporting our local economy."

The New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee administers AEM in partnership with the State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Currently, more than 11,000 farms in New York State are participating in AEM’s voluntary, incentive-based approach to developing and implementing sound conservation plans on farms across New York State.

For more information on the AEM outreach workshops, contact Barbara Silvestri, AEM Outreach Coordinator, at 518-457-3738 or email barb.silvestri@agriculture.ny.gov.

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Contact Jessica Chittenden at jessica.chittenden@agriculture.ny.gov


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