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NYS AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER TO SPEAK

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County Holds Annual Meeting

December 7, 2012

FERNDALE — The public is invited to hear New York State Commissioner of Agriculture Darrel Aubertine speak about the state of agriculture in New York on Tuesday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the CVI Center in Ferndale.  He will be introduced by NYS Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther, who served with the commissioner when he was in the legislature.

The address will take place at the 98thAnnual Meeting of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Sullivan County, which will elect members to the Board of Directors and Program Committee.  Plans for the organization’s centennial celebration in 2014 will also be introduced.  Space is limited, so call 845-292-6180 or email sullivan@cornell.edu to reserve a seat.

Darrel J. Aubertine was appointed as the state’s 27th Agriculture Commissioner by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2011 and leads the NYS Department of Ag and Markets.  He oversees the agency’s 500 employees who work to ensure a safe food supply, the conservation of productive lands and a vibrant agricultural industry in the state.

Aubertine has his roots in agriculture, having been born and raised on a small family dairy farm in Cape Vincent, NY where he worked over 35 years.  Prior to taking state office, he chaired his local town council.  Aubertine was elected three times to represent the 118th Assembly District and later became a State Senator for the 48th District.  He was a strong advocate for farmers and rural, upstate citizens and chaired the Senate Agriculture Committee, as well as the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources.  Aubertine continues to raise animals and grow crops on his sixth generation farm with his family.

CCE Annual Meeting is being hosted by Sullivan Renaissance.  Light refreshments will be served.