PLATTSBURGH — Joseph Giroux was honored as the 2013 Friend of Extension by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County at their annual meeting on Nov. 12.
Amy Ivy, executive director, explained that Giroux was chosen for this honor in recognition of his lifelong support of agriculture in the county, region and the state. Giroux has served on the CCE Board of Directors, both as a director at large and as the representative from county government while a county legislator.
He is a leader of Clinton County Farm Bureau and served 10 years as president of the county chapter and six years on the New York State Farm Bureau Board. He is currently co-chair of the Northern New York Agriculture Development Program, a farmer-led program that provides practical, on-farm research, technical assistance and outreach to farmers in Northern New York.
Giroux was also presented with commendations of congratulation for this award from the Clinton County Legislature by James Langley and the New York State Assembly by Janet Duprey. David Smith, professor and past coordinator of the Northern New York Agriculture Development Program, spoke on the relevancy and leadership that Giroux brings to agriculture in his various roles.
In other business at the annual meeting, Jonathan J. White and Michele Armani were elected to three-year terms on the CCE Board of Directors and Todd Giroux, Mary Jackstadt and George Palmer were re-elected to a second three-year term.
Melissa Monty-Provost and Nathaniel Grue were appointed to their first terms on the Agriculture Program Advisory Committee, and Erik Young and Christina Oest were appointed to their second terms on this committee.
Lucy St. Pierre was appointed to her first term on the Youth and Family Program Advisory Committee and Kathy Bishop and Carol Woodward were appointed to their second terms. Clinton County residents can serve a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms on the Board of Directors or Program Advisory Committees.
For more information about Cornell Cooperative Extension, visit http://cce.cornell.edu/Clinton or call 561-7450.