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Saturday, December 13, 2014 6:00 PM

Retirement Celebration for JOSEPH M. GERGELA III, Long Island Farm Bureau Executive Director will take place on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 6pm-10pm at Duck Walk North, Southold NY. Please call for reservations.  631-727-3777

Thursday, January 08, 2015 7:30 AM
Details to follow.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 7:30 AM
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County is hosting a day long semar for agricultural professionals in the floriculture and greenhouse industry. To register or for more information, please call 631-727-7850.


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Long Island Farm Bureau is pleased to announce we have partnered with AFLAC on a new member benefits program for Long Island Farm Bureau members.  For further information, visit the AFLAC website at or call 516-900-1122 to reach an AFLAC representative.



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(left to right) Walter Gravagna, John Condzella, Mark Van Bourgondien, Carol Saporito, Matt Pendleton, Karen Rivara, Bob Nolan and Karl Novak.

Long Island Farm Bureau recently held their county annual meeting to discuss and adopt resolutions affecting Long Island agriculture. The resolutions covered topics in aquaculture and the cultivation of seaweed, solar and wind energy usage on private property, licensing exemptions for craft distilleries, and estate tax exemptions.

In addition, the following slate of directors renewed their position on the board: Karen Rivara, Karl Novak, John Condzella, Matt Pendleton, Robert Nolan, Kristina Reedy, Mark Van Bourgondien, Alex Balsam, Kirk Weiss Jr.. While Karen Rivara continues her role as President of the Long Island Farm Bureau, Karl Novak, a nurseryman from Laurel, will take the Vice President position. 

Continuing on the board with unexpired terms are Bill Brauninger, Holly Browder, Kareem Massoud, Pete Meyer, Carol Saporito, Denise Speizio, Richard Stabile, TJ Star and James Waters.
Retiring from the Board of Directors this year is Lyle Wells. We'd like to thank him for his years of service in leadership at Farm Bureau!



Congressman Tim Bishop and USDA Under Secretary Edward Avalos, with a special visit from Congressman Steny Hoyer, met with Long Island farmers and agricultural partners for an open forum to meet and discuss potential marketing programs. The Congressman and Under Secretary Avalos toured a local farm and winery as well as the Stony Brook Incubator, the Cornell Research and Horticultural Center and the Grapes and Greens storage and processing facility. (left to right: Under Secretary Avalos, Congressman Tim Bishop, LIFB Executive Director Joseph Gergela, Congressman Steny Hoyer.) SEE MORE PHOTOS ON OUR GALLERY PAGE.



Long Island and New York Farm Bureau are encouraging high school seniors who have been involved with agriculture and plan on continuing studies in this field to apply for the 2015 New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship sponsored by the New York Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee. Long Island is giving away a $1000 scholarship to the top applicant in the Long Island region as well as a chance to receive additional scholarship awards of up to $1500 from NY Farm Bureau.

Students applying must have a family Farm Bureau membership or a Student Farm Bureau membership (a membership application may be included with scholarship enclosures). Students are required to complete an application and submit a brief essay answering the question, "If you had the power to change something in your community or on your farm, what would you change and why?"

The application submission deadline is November 15, 2014.

To nominate someone for the scholarship or to request an application, call 1-800-342-4143 or visit SCHOLARSHIP GUIDELINES and SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION. Applications can be submitted via mail or email to by 5pm on November 15, 2014.


Deer Damage Management Report
The Town of Southold and the Long Island Farm Bureau released the findings of the Long Island White-tailed Deer Damage Management Demonstration Project Report prepared by the United States Department of Agriculture. DOWNLOAD REPORT HERE.For more information on deer management you can visit the USDA website.


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Long Island Farm Bureau is a county Farm Bureau in New York State, and is affiliated by agreement with New York Farm Bureau.  Long Island Farm Bureau programs and services are available only to Farm Bureau members within Long Island. The political views expressed in these pages represent the Long Island Farm Bureau's position on various issues as they relate to Long Island.

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