The 189th annual NYS Agricultural Society Forum, Building Resiliency in Our Food System, was held on January 7th this year.
Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball delivered the State of Agriculture Address, where he reported on the State’s ongoing efforts to help New York’s farmers and agricultural businesses overcome today’s marketplace challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There was also an award program, and Freed Maxick is proud to congratulate Marquart Companies for winning Business of the Year, and Howlett Farms for receiving the Next Generation Farmer award.
Business of the Year
For over 17 years, the Society has presented Business of the Year honors to both a producer and an agribusiness, recognizing the quality, leadership and innovation they demonstrate that enhances the integrity of our industry.
Cultivating 7,000 acres on the eastern border of Wyoming County, Marquart Companies has developed into one of the foremost suppliers of quality potatoes in North America. In addition to potato, dairy and crop farming, the family operation is involved in industrial hauling, a commercial truck repair facility, and the NY Chips brand of potato chips. Currently the company’s day-to-day activities are managed by Adam, Alex and Aaron Marquart.
Next Generation Farmer
The NYS Agricultural Society honors established producers and industry newcomers who are together farming in new and vibrant ways with the Next Generation Farmer Award. For NY agriculture to be successful long term, a next generation of innovative farmer is needed to work the land, plant crops, raise livestock and feed our global population. Freed Maxick is a proud sponsor of this award.
Howlett Farms is a longstanding fixture in Western NY. First located in Henrietta, NY, the farm has expanded its base in Avon, NY to become a successful, vertically integrated business specializing in grain production, trucking, grain handling and marketing. Michael Howlett returned to the family operation in 2013 to focus on grain merchandising. Under his leadership, Howlett Farms has expanded into the ag risk and data management arenas with the launch of Clover Ag Risk Management, and was a driver in the acquisition of Pat O’Brien Grain & Feed of Geneva, NY.