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Future generations of farming the focus at 63rd Farmer's Museum Junior Livestock Show
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Teaching future generations the importance of farming was the goal behind the 63rd Annual Farmer's Museum Junior Livestock Show in Otsego County.
Farmers were joined by area officials at the educational event on the Iroquois Farm Show Grounds along County Highway 33 in Cooperstown - an event that is tradition in the summer months.
Young people show off their animals and compete for prizes during the event, which is hosted by the Farmers' Museum in collaboration with 4-H programs in nine area counties.
Senator James Seward was on hand, saying that continuing the traditions and skills of farming is key not only to the industry's survival, but the survival of all of us.
"Well, if we're going to have any future in agriculture, we've got to involve young people, and that's why this show is so important," Senator Seward said. "And it's important for all of us, whether we live on the farm or not."
Seward went on to say that there is an ever-increasing desire for locally produced food, which not only keeps money in the local economy, but helps build and grow the future of farming.