Mar 5, 2024


The 15th annual Pride of Wyoming County Agriculture Dinner, presented by Channel Seed, was held on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at the North Java Fire Hall. Seven outstanding awardees were recognized and celebrated for their accomplishments and work in the agriculture industry.

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism office presented the Agri-Business of the Year award to Burley Berries and Blooms-The Creamery, located in Perry. The award is given annually to an agri-business that exhibits any or all of the following criteria including expansion projects, job growth, community involvement, and contributions that strengthen the agricultural industry. Val Henrici from Yummies Ice Cream in Warsaw was recognized for receiving the North American Ice Cream Association Triple Scoop Award, only one of three ice cream shops in the country to receive the award for blue ribbons for vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream flavors.

The Good Neighbor Award was presented to Walter Faryna, at Halo Farms, LLC, in Perry, and the Friend of Agriculture award will be presented to Rosemary “Rosie” Shader. These awards are given by the Wyoming County Farm Bureau and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County.

The Wyoming County Soil and Water Conservation District also presented the annual Conservation District Farm of the Year award to Deere Stone Farms, LLC; the Ronald P. Herman Partner of the year award to Matt Havens, Soil Scientist, USDA/NRCS; and the Agricultural Environmental Management award to Spencer Brothers Farms, LLC.

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism office partners annually with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County, the Wyoming County Soil and Water Conservation District, and members of the agriculture community including farms and agri-businesses. The sell-out event celebrates and recognizes the important impact of agriculture in Wyoming County.

 “The Pride of Agriculture dinner is a true celebration of our agriculture tradition in Wyoming County,” said Chamber & Tourism President Scott Gardner. “We were excited to be celebrate the fifteenth year of this event and are very fortunate to have a strong agricultural sector recognized as a leader in New York and the nation. Congratulations to all of the very deserving awardees. We all take great pride in their hard work that provides jobs and critical value to our local economy.”

Special thanks to the following Gold Sponsors of the Wyoming County Pride of Agriculture Dinner: Allied Financial Partners; Atlas Ag Services, LLC; Attica Veterinary Associates, P.C.; Boulder Enterprises, LLC; Carolina Eastern-Crocker; Charcoal Corral; CSS Farms, LLC; Elitsac Inc.; Farm Credit East, ACA; Farm Family Insurance Company; Foote and Meyer, PLLC; Genesee Community College; Gibney Monument Works; J & S Castile Ag Services, Inc; M&T Bank; Ortel Supply Inc.; Perry Veterinary Clinic; PikeSide Ag Machinery, LLC; Reisdorf Brothers, Inc.; Tompkins Community Bank; Wick Construction LLC; WNY Medicare Advisors; Wyoming Co Soil & Water Conservation District.

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