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USDA’s 150th Anniversary Celebrated at New York’s Empire Farm Days

What is summer in New York without a visit to the Empire Farm Days? For USDA New York employees, it is an annual tradition. This year we raved about the department’s 150th Anniversary, talked about all the great things we are doing for New York and (maybe) our team of volunteers had one too many corn on the cobs.

This event is a BIG deal – spread out across 300 acres of farmland on the Rodman Lott & Sons Farm; it has more than 500 vendors, producers and other agri-business specialists. It is the largest outdoor agriculture trade show in the Northeast and showcases THE latest and greatest in agricultural equipment and technology.

The three day event hosted everything from farm equipment sales and auctions to demonstrations of harvesting, processing equipment and other related machinery as well as educational and interactive exhibitions. Staff from our eight service centers kept farmers, families and friends busy with a myriad of activities that included the Wind Energy Center, community power generation and this year’s USDA 150th Anniversary exhibit that had information sharing, we answered questions about USDA history and current programs, we had face painting for the children and even (3 foot tall) sunflower giveaways throughout the day.

“This was tremendously beneficial for our local and statewide teams to directly engage those rural residents who may need or qualify for our programs,” Acting Rural Development State Director Bryan Clerkin said. “We thank Rodman Lott & Sons and look forward to returning next year and continuing this successful partnership with all the folks at the Empire Farm Days”.

New York Rural Development, Farm Service Agency and National Resource Conservation Service staff members gather to celebrate USDA’s 150th anniversary at the Empire Farm Days

New York Rural Development, Farm Service Agency and National Resource Conservation Service staff members gather to celebrate USDA’s 150th anniversary at the Empire Farm Days

2 Responses to “USDA’s 150th Anniversary Celebrated at New York’s Empire Farm Days”

  1. Lenora Tooher says:

    Let’s make America be the model for the rest of the world simply by exhibiting that our population is happier (less crime) and healthier (less illness) when it provides easy access of nutritious and affordable foods for everyone regardless of where they live! :-)

  2. Lenora Tooher says:

    I can feel those smiles all the way down here in FL! Nice!:-)

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