Resolution J654-2013

Congratulating Turning Point Dairy upon the occasion of its designation as a recipient of the Farm Safety Award

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  • Mar 7, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 7, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Feb 28, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating Turning Point Dairy upon the occa-
sion  of  its  designation  as  a recipient of the Farm Safety Award and
attaining Century Farm recognition from the New York State  Agricultural
Society

WHEREAS,  The agricultural industry is part of the foundation upon which
our distinct American heritage is built; New York State and  the  entire
United  States  are dependent on our agricultural industry for a variety
of food products; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative  Body  to  recognize  the
milestones  of  those  families  which  substantially  contribute to the
economic vitality of their communities and the entire Empire State; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to congratu-
late Turning Point Dairy upon the  occasion  of  its  designation  as  a
recipient  of  the Farm Safety Award and attaining Century Farm recogni-
tion from the New York State Agricultural Society; and
  WHEREAS, The honors were presented at the Society's recent 181st annu-
al agricultural forum in Syracuse; located on Saratoga County Route  67,
the  fourth-generation  farm  is  owned  and  operated by Martin, Cathy,
Patrick and Sherry Hanehan, who received a commemorative  plaque  and  a
monetary award from Cargill Inc.; and
  WHEREAS,  Turning  Point  Dairy,  with  18 employees, has always had a
mission of safety first; a previous accident involving one of its trucks
prompted the owners to redouble their safety efforts on  the  farm;  the
Hanehan Family hosts regularly scheduled safety meetings for all employ-
ees,  whether  they work outside in the field, indoors, caring for live-
stock, or part of the milking crew; and
  WHEREAS, The Hanehan Family is not only committed to farm safety,  but
also to the firefighters and first responders who are called in for farm
emergencies;  Martin  Hanehan is a volunteer firefighter and worked on a
training manual to educate first responders about the layouts  of  farms
in  the area; the book, FARM EMERGENCY GUIDE FOR FIRE DEPARTMENTS, helps
to ensure first responder  safety  while  they  perform  farm  emergency
rescues; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Turning  Point  farm  safety  program includes employee
classes, such as a pre-harvest class about  harvest  operations  safety;
the training offers written protocols and a verbal safety class, includ-
ing bilingual instruction; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Turning  Point  Dairy management team has established a
farm safety committee  which  conducts  formal  training  and  mentoring
programs with regular frequency, along with a safety inspection program;
and
  WHEREAS,  The  Turning Point Dairy continues to change and expand with
the times, and is poised for success for many years to come; and
  WHEREAS, It is with great pleasure that this Legislative Body acknowl-
edges the success of this exceptional family and  its  contributions  to
the  local and State economies, fully confident that it will continue to
enjoy the sparkling successes it has experienced thus far;  now,  there-
fore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate Turning Point Dairy upon the occasion of its designation as
a recipient of the Farm Safety Award and attaining Century Farm recogni-
tion from the New York State Agricultural Society; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Hanehan Family.

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