Delegates to the New York Farm Bureau State Annual Meeting cast their ballots last week in Albany to elect their representation on the state's board of directors. It culminated a three-day long meeting where resolutions were discussed and voted on to set NYFB's 2013 policy agenda.
Dean Norton, who has served as president of New York Farm Bureau for the past four years, was re-elected to a third two-year term. The Norton family has owned Oak Orchard Dairy in Elba, N.Y., for five generations, and Norton operates DMCK Cattle Co. with his wife, Melanie. He has also served on the American Farm Bureau Federation board of directors since 2010.
"I am honored the delegates have once again chosen me to lead this great organization and its members. Together, we have made great strides defending the values we hold dear and working to improve the business climate for each one of our family farms. I look forward to continuing the grassroots efforts to ensure the next generation can choose a future on the farm," said Norton.
State annual meeting delegates also re-elected Eric Ooms to serve another two-year term as vice president of the New York Farm Bureau. Ooms operates a dairy farm with his father and two brothers in Chatham, N.Y.
District director races resulted in the re-election of board members Paul Bencal of Ransomville, N.Y., and Ashur Terwilliger of Lowman, N.Y.
Some new board members were also selected at the state annual meeting. They include Benjamin Simons of Remsen, N.Y., Dean Casey of Schaghticoke, N.Y., and Mark Adams of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Ann Peck from Newark, N.Y., was re-elected as the state promotion and education committee chair, and Jacob Schieferstine of Vernon, N.Y., was elected as the state young farmer committee chair.