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March 22, 2014

Farm Bureau honors Lopez

Assemblyman Pete Lopez, R-Schoharie, was recently honored by the New York Farm Bureau and presented with a plaque for becoming a member of the group’s prestigious “Circle of Friends.” He was honored for his support of New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau during the 2013 legislative year.

“In my seven-county district, agriculture is the backbone of our economy and our quality of life,” Lopez, said. He is the ranking member on the Food, Farm and Nutrition Task Force and a member of the Assembly Agriculture Committee. “Family farms, agriculture and agri-business are such important parts of our local and upstate economies, as well as providers of safe and nutritious food. I have worked tirelessly in Albany and back in my district to promote agriculture, and this recognition reaffirms my commitment to the families dedicated to this important industry,” he said.

The Otsego County Conservation Association has received $300.00 from Stewart’s Holiday Match toward its summer EcoTeam Paddle, a two-hour canoe trip on the Susquehanna River for up to 10 OCCA team members.

“Part recreation, part education and part work day, we’ll paddle just over three miles from Milford to the Crumhorn boat launch,” said OCCA program Director Jeff O’Handley.

Along the way, OCCA staff will provide education and interpretation on river ecology, wildlife and plant species, and environmental issues.

OCCA EcoTeam was started in 2012 for students 18 and under. The program goals are for participants to: develop a greater understanding of and respect for animals, plants, water, soil, air, and energy systems; comprehend the positive and negative environmental effects of our actions; acquire knowledge of practical, sustainable living strategies which consciously and carefully utilize our natural resources; and obtain information on nature programs, centers, and organizations.

“In spring of 2014, OCCA is ramping up our efforts to recruit EcoTeam members throughout Otsego County,” said agency Executive Director Darla M. Youngs.

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