ALBANY -- The 30,000-member New York Farm Bureau has named Assemblyman Bob Oaks, (R-C Macedon) to its prestigious “Circle of Friends” for the 2011 Legislative Session. The Circle of Friends recognition is one of the highest honors the New York Farm Bureau bestows upon state legislators. Oaks, who grew up on a farm in the Town of Rose, is a strong supporter of New York agriculture. He has received the recognition each year since taking office in 1993.
“Agriculture is central to the economy of New York State, and particularly to my district. Wayne County is one of the largest apple-producing counties in the nation and the biggest in New York. New agriculture investment in Wayne County alone in the past year has been more than $15 million, with more local fruit going into the fresh market than ever before. The growth of agriculture has a trickle effect; it triggers jobs in construction and transportation, as well as other industries. It fuels the economic vitality of the whole community while providing high-quality, nutritious and affordable products,” said Assemblyman Oaks.
According to the press release issued by the New York Farm Bureau announcing the Circle of Friends Award, legislators were selected based on their strong support of New York’s family farms, along with their understanding of the importance of agriculture in their respective districts and how the industry affects New York State’s economy and future.
Just 93 of the 212 members of the state Legislature were named to the Farm Bureau’s Circle of Friends for the 2011 Legislative Session.
“I am honored to once again be named to New York Farm Bureau’s Circle of Friends. I extend my thanks to New York Farm Bureau President Dean Norton and all of the local members,” the assemblyman said. “I will continue my longstanding commitment and advocacy for family farming and all of agriculture in New York State.”