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Wayne creates agricultural council

WAYNE—The Wayne town board approved the creation of an agricultural advisory council as a town committee at the first meeting of the year, Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Supervisor Stephen Butchko said this is the first such council to be formed in Steuben County.  He explained one of the first orders of business will be for the council to apply for an Ag and Markets grant, before the end of March.  Butchko said the grant could be used to help farmers in the town protect their farms.  He added that as a town committee now, the council would be able to apply for other grants in the future.
Butchko said this has been in the works since September of 2008.  He said just before that he got information from Sen. George Winner’s office on creating the council.  Butchko, along with board member John Gallipeau and farmer Jay Palmer, started the process in the fall of 2008.  Butchko said Gallipeau is the acting chair of the committee at this time.
Butchko explained that at the time, area farmers gave their verbal support for the idea of an agricultural advisory council.  He added now that the council has been approved by the town board, area farmers will once again be contacted.  Butchko said there are a number of diverse farmers in Wayne, including bee keepers, dairy, crops, equipment repair, and organic farmers.
The decision was accompanied by several presentations at the meeting.  Steuben County Legislator Joseph J. Hauryski was present and gave 100 percent support for the council.  Gallipeau spoke about stewardship of the land.  Jeff Parker, Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation District manager, was also present and spoke about the benefits for soil and water analysis.  Wayne town historian, Bob Canfield, also gave a presentation on the history of the National Grange.
The meeting was also the first with Butchko as supervisor.  Close to 30 people were present.  The next regular board meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.  

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