They celebrated agriculture, then recognized outstanding agriculture leaders at the Ontario County Agriculture Appreciation Banquet.
The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County, Ontario County Farm Bureau and Ontario County Agriculture Enhancement Board are collaborators for the annual event, which was held in March at Club 86 in Geneva.
The Rodney Lightfoote Agricultural Viability, Leadership, and Innovation Award was presented to Richard “Rich” Jerome, a seventh-generation farmer. His father changed the farm from dairy to grapes when Rich was in high school. Now it consists of a U-pick operation of raspberries and peas in the spring and grapes and pumpkins in the fall.
An active advocate for agriculture for over 30 years, he has been active in many leadership roles with the local, state, and national Farm Bureau. The honors will keep coming. At the January 2018 New York Agriculture Society’s annual meeting, the Jerome Farm will be honored for being in the Jerome family for 200 years.