A Vision For Agriculture

A Vision For Agriculture


This piece was written in the early 2000's by a group of young farmers in Schoharie County, NY. They were determined to forge a livelihood by revitalizing an agricultural region that had been losing small family farms for decades. With this hopeful vision they mapped a collective goal.

  A Vision For Agriculture 

We All win, and agriculture will become a viable option in our county. Lots of young people will go into farming, and farming will become a valued profession. It will be a profitable and preferred way of life.

The whole family will make a good living on the family farm. Guidance counselors will recommend farming because it is economically viable, and desirable.

There will be continued  family farm transfers because family farms will prosper. Ag and Tech will be the school of choice, and physical labor will become "hip" again.

There will be an appreciation of the deeper values of our land and our community.

Our children will not have to leave. People will be content to stay. Young people will get involved, and there will be an increase in community stability.

Our rural life will be enhanced.

We will maintain our emotional and physical health, build stronger families and better futures.

We will have better control of our destinies. There will be increased opportunities to manage, and we will become a model for other communities. There will be community respect and better community spirit.

We will work together. There will be compromise and cooperation among different agencies.

We will understand our needs and the needs of others.

We will be more politically involved. There will be better local planning and agriculture will be involved on boards. We will join existing organizations or form new ones.

More like a prayer than a declaration, AMEN! Growing up in the 1970's, there were at least 20 maple producers in and around the town of Jefferson, most of them were associated with a family dairy farm. Names like Nichols, Hubbell, Zea, Dayton, Churchill, Palmer, Putnam, Clark, Moore, Hait, Wilson, and Payne. By the late 70's most of these were gone but the dream has never died.



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1. Todd Heyn wrote:
Your sentiment is well placed. My wife and I moved to Jefferson in August of 2012 and started our little homestead. I started working for the New York Farm Bureau in November of 2013 and realized that the NYFB is a single voice for all agriculture in NY and Schoharie County. By joining the NYFB, your voice is magnified with 350 members in the county and 21,000 others throughout the state representing everyone from 2000 cow dairies, vegetable growers, breweries and wineries, maple producers, Christmas tree growers and everyone else in between. The Schoharie County Farm Bureau is very active both in the county and at the state level. Please let me know if you are interested in joining with other producers in the NYFB or would like more information. I can be reached at either 518-431-9338 or theyn@nyfb.org.

Wed, April 15, 2015 @ 8:17 AM

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