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Empire Farms Announces Prize, Show Winners from 5 Counties
New York Ag Connection - 11/05/2019

Empire Farm Days has announced the winners of the 2019 show competitions and prize drawing.

"We are pleased to have Empire Farm Days provide opportunities to honor farmers, youth, and agricultural stewards, and to partner with Kubota to bless one farm family with the prize of an all-purpose utility vehicle to make their work easier," said Empire Farm Days Show Manager Jamie Meyer.

Wayne County fruit farmer Herm Young of W.H. Young and Sons Farm and Young Sommer Winery in Williamsonwon the Kubota RTV500 compact utility vehicle sponsored by Kubota and Empire Farm Days.

The RTV was delivered by Butch McQueen of R.E. and H.J. McQueen Equipment Specialists, Wolcott, N.Y., just in time of the Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour Weekend.

"At first I thought the call about winning the RTV was my brother playing a practical joke," said Young, a fourth generation farmer. "I was excited to put the machine to work taking people to the orchard for u-pick apples and into the grape vineyard."

Young grows a wide variety of fruit on 20 acres, including 17 varieties of apples. He makes hard cider and apple wine to sell along with grape, pear, and cherry blend wines in his tasting room.

This was the first time a RTV500 4WD-2WD model was provided by Kubota as the drawing prize for Empire Farm Days. Kubota Regional Sales Manager Kenneth Scott, Groveport, OH, noted, "The presentation of this RTV500 model continues Kubota's tradition of providing one luck Empire Farm Days visitor with a versatile utility vehicle that compliments any type of farming operation."

Owen Williams of Waterville Central School, Waterville, Oneida County, N.Y., won the 2019 NYS FFA Tractor Safety Driving Contest Senior Division for students age 16 to 18. The Junior Division for students age 14 to 16 was won by Aaron Fisher of Pioneer Central School, Yorkshire, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Pioneer Central School FFA Advisor Jon Clayson serves as contest coordinator.

The NYS FFA Tractor Safety Driving Contest winner earns the right to compete at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, Massachusetts. Case International, John Deere, Kubota, New Holland, H and S Farm Equipment, the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, Java Farm Supply, Lamb and Webster, and the New York FFA Foundation sponsored the 2019 contest.

Trevor Hawley of the Cuba Rushford Central School FFA Chapter in Cuba, Allegany County, N.Y., earned top individual honors in the 2019 New York State FFA Welding Competition held at Empire Farm Days. He partnered with Logan Barber to finish as the first place team. Second place individual honors went to Patrick Fontaine of Pioneer Central School. Wyatt Adams of Randolph Central School finished in third place.

Morrisville State College awards scholarship funds to the top three NYS FFA Welding Competition individual students: $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place, and $500 for third place. Haun Welding, Briggs and Stratton Power Products of Munnsville, and Morrisville State Collage sponsored the 2019 competition. High Team performance is recognized with a certificate. Johanna Bossard of Hamilton Central School and Jared Ford and Charles Ax of Morrisville State College serve as contest coordinators.

Alexis Payne of Glenfield, Lewis County, N.Y., is the Empire State Potato Growers, Inc. 2019 Scholarship winner. She receives a $500 scholarship per academic year for up to four consecutive years of full-time undergraduate agricultural education at a college in New York State. Alexis is a graduate of South Lewis Central School and served as Chapter President and Student Advisor with the South Lewis FFA.

Whey Street Dairy and the Young family of Cuyler, Cortland County, N.Y., was presented with the 2019 New York State Agricultural Environmental Management Award at the 2019 Empire Farm Days Ag Leadership Luncheon. The award recognizes the farm and the nominating county Soil and Water Conservation District for their efforts to protect soil and water quality. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Empire State Potato Growers, and American Agriculturist magazine jointly sponsor the award.

The 2020 Empire Farm Days agricultural trade show and rural living showcase will be held July 29-31 with a new Wednesday-Friday schedule at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, N.Y. Details will be posted at

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