Distinguished Service Citation Award

Application Deadline: September 1 each year
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Dean Kathryn Boor of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University received the Distinguished Service Citation at the 2020 Annual Meeting & Forum of the NYS Agricultural Society. 
Sponsored by NY Farm Bureau.

For over six decades, it has been the pleasure of the NYS Agricultural Society to award this high honor to an individual who has dedicated a lifetime of service, resulting in outstanding contributions to New York agriculture. 

Business of the Year Award

Application Deadline: September 1 each year
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Lakewood Vineyards received the 2020 Business of the Year Award from the NYS Agricultural Society. Recognized in the producer category, Lakewood produces over 100,000 gallons of wine under their own label and draw 60,000 visitors to their Watkins Glen tasting room. Bottom row L to R: Rick Zimmerman and Danielle Penney Stroop –NE Agribusiness & Feed Alliance/award sponsor, Beverly Stamp, Erin McMurrough, Theresa Stamp Knapp, Abby Stamp, Liz Stamp. Top row L to R: Kaye Stamp, Chris Stamp, Ben Stamp, David Stamp, David Valeskiy –NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets. 
King Brothers Dairy of Schuylerville, NY is the 2020 winner of the Business of the Year Award presented by the NYS Agricultural Society. The agribusiness award recipient, Jan and Jeff King have returned to their roots, bottling and delivering milk from their own 1,000-cow herd to commercial and private customers in their community and Hudson Valley. In 2019, they launched a retail store, selling over 34 flavors of ice cream and local foods. Bottom row L to R: Danielle Penney Stroop –NE Agribusiness & Feed Alliance/award sponsor, Rebecca King, Carolyn King, Edgar King, Pandora Davis, Rick Zimmerman –NE Agribusiness & Feed Alliance/award sponsor. Top row L to R: Jeff King, Jan King.

For over 17 years, the Society has presented Business of the Year honors to both a producer and an agribusiness, recognizing the quality, leadership and innovation they demonstrate that enhances the integrity of our industry. 

"Cap" Creal Journalism Award

Application Deadline: September 1 each year
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Front row, L to R: Larry Van De Valk–Alpha Gamma Rho/award sponsor, Christa Lemczak and Scott Trimble (Syracuse.com), Samara Sit –NYS Ag Society, Dave Valesky –NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets. Top Row, L to R: Kevin and David Bittner–representing their mother Margo Bittner (Lockport Union-Sun & Journal), Troy Bishop (Farming Magazine), David Sit (Ithaca Times)
Sponsored by Alpha Gamma Rho

For over 40 years, the historic NYS Agricultural Society has recognized well-written, informative, and timely news stories about agriculture in NYS. In 2019, six individuals were honored with the “Cap” Creal Journalism Award. Formats ranged from printed news story, editorial, audio/visual news clip, photography and blogs/online feature. 

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Ag Promotion Award

Application Deadline: September 1 each year
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The Washington County Fair received the 2020 Ag Promotion Award at the 188th Annual Meeting & Forum of the NYS Agricultural Society. Sponsored by the NY FFA Foundation, Kreher Family Farms, and Alpha Zeta Fraternity at Cornell University, the award recognizes individuals and groups for their efforts to improve the understanding of agriculture in NYS. From L to R: Jeannette Kreher –Kreher Family Farms/co-sponsor, Mark St. Jacques –Washington County Fair, Todd Lighthall –NY FFA Foundation/co-sponsor.

The Ag Promotion Award was launched in 2009 to recognize individuals and groups for their efforts to improve the understanding of agriculture in rural, suburban and urban communities of NYS. 

Farm Safety Award

Applications due September 1 each year
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Du Mond Companies of Union Springs, NY received the Farm Safety Award at the 2020 Annual Meeting & Forum of the NYS Agricultural Society.  L to R: Tim Foster, Todd Du Mond, Anna Meyerhoff –New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health, Chris Lehman, Kevin King –Deputy Commissioner, NYS Agriculture and Markets. Row two, L to R: Justin Wayne, Bill Chamberlain, Crystina Brooks.
SPONSORED BY CARGILL, Inc.

Initiated in 2005, the NYS Agricultural Society's Farm Safety Award recognizes farm operators who have unique and successful farm safety programs that benefit their employees first and foremost. 

NYS FFA Award

Applications due September 1 each year
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The Delaware Academy Central School District at Delhi received the 2020 NYS FFA Award. This award recognizes new or emerging FFA chapters that are developing leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. 
L to R: Judi Whittaker –NYS Ag Society, Tina Miner James –advisor, Lindsey Wright, Brooklyn Knox, Sean Carron, Preston Post.
SPONSORED BY THE NYS GRANGE.

FFA is among the largest youth organizations in the US. Founded in 1925, FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. It's the honor of the NYS Agricultural Society to recognize local chapters who are doing outstanding work to develop local youths and the communities where they reside.

There are three main criteria for awarding chapter of the year honors:
  1.  Growing leadership
  2.  Building communities
  3.  Strengthening agriculture
Chapters are required to complete basic information and describe program/project activities.

Next Generation Farmer Award

Applications due September 1 each year
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Top left: Hanehan Family Dairy, LLC received the Next Generation Farmer Award from the NYS Agricultural Society. THE HANEHANS ARE OPERATING TWO DAIRIES IN SARATOGA SPRINGS AND MT. UPTON TO ACTIVELY ENGAGE TWO GENERATIONS OF FAMILY MEMBERS. BOTTOM ROW L TO R: TIM MOAG –FREED MAXICK/AWARD CO-SPONSOR, PHILIP HANEHAN, KURT HANEHAN, BARBARA HANEHAN, CHARLES HANEHAN, ELWYN VOSS –THE VOSS GROUP/AWARD CO-SPONSOR.TOP ROW L TO R: MATTHEW HANEHAN, DAVID VALESKY –NYS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS.
Bottom right: Ben and Kate Whittemore of Dead End Farm in Candor, NY received the “industry newcomer” recognition of the Next Generation Award. The award also recognizes a long-time producer who is farming in new and vibrant ways. From L to R: Tim Moag –Freed Maxick/award co-sponsor, Ben and Kate Whittemore, Elwyn Voss –The Voss Group/award co-sponsor, David Valesky –NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

The NYS Agricultural Society honors established producers and industry newcomers who are together farming in new and vibrant ways with the Next Generation Farmer Award. For NY agriculture to be successful long term, a next generation of innovative farmer is needed to work the land, plant crops, raise livestock and feed our global population.

Century & Bicentennial Farms Award

Schedule of Eligibility/Application Deadlines: Century Farms, Eastern NY- apply by 9/1/20, awards presented 1/21. Century Farms, Western NY- apply by 9/1/2021, awards presented 1/22
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Windmill Farms, LLC (Coene family) received the 2020 Century Farm Award from the NYS Agricultural Society. Established by Belgium immigrants in 1916, the Coene family farm has a significant apple legacy. It has grown from their original 55-acre tract in the Town of Webster to over 500 acres, producing 30 varieties of apples. 
Bricdale Farm of Perry, NY received the 2020 Century Farm Award from the NYS Agricultural Society. Established in1889 as a small dairy, the operation has evolved to include a beef operation, and specialty crops including lettuce, microgreens and sunflower sprouts. In 2016 they installed a top-dry grain bin.

The Century Farm program is testament to the fine traditions of progressive agriculture and community service by farm families in New York State. The program began in 1937 and honors NY farms in continuous operation on the same land by the same family for 100 years or more. A limited number of deserving farm families are recognized annually by the Society. *For farms submitting applications, eligibility is determined by their respective anniversary date being before or on the date of the annual Forum.*

Eligibility for Century Farm Awards alternates annually between farms located in the Western and Eastern halves of the state.  (See application schedule below.)

(Bicentennial farms located throughout the entire state are eligible for awards every fifth year)

 Past Century Winners - 2019  Past Bicentennial Winners - 2019