ALBANY - Three Sherman student members of Future Farmers of America visited Assemblyman Andy Goodell and state Sen. Cathy Young in Albany last week.
The students - Jessica Morton, Brandon Van Curen and Gabe Rater - were in Albany to meet legislators and to discuss New York's agriculture industry. Goodell introduced the students and their chaperone, Christine Burdick, on the floor of the Assembly.
"Chautauqua County is home to a vibrant mix of agricultural industries, which are a very important part of our economy," Goodell said. "From dairy farms in the southern half of the county to the vineyards in the northern half, Chautauqua County helps set the pace for New York's agricultural economy."
Assemblyman Andy Goodell is joined in the Assembly Chamber by Gabe Rater, Christine Burdick, Jessica Morton and Brandon VanCuren.
Goodell said young farmers' skills and talents will help Chautauqua continue to be among the top-producing counties in the state.
"It was truly a pleasure meeting with these young farmers and hearing their take on the future of farming in Chautauqua County," added Goodell.
Young also praised the FFA program.
"These students are learning extremely valuable lessons that will enable them to be agricultural professionals," she said. "They represent the future of Chautauqua County."
Goodell discussed several agricultural issues with the students, including the need for programs that support the Grape Foundation and Grape Discovery Center, integrated pest management, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, maple sugar producers, apple growers, and others.
Both Young and Goodell were named last year to the New York State Farm Bureau's "Circle of Friends" in recognition of their support for agriculture.