The New York Farm Bureau Foundation for Agricultural Education recently appointed Paul Fouts from Cortland, NY in Cortland County to its Board of Directors. The Foundation’s Board oversees Foundation projects, activities, and the fundraising efforts that support and provide for the tools and resources produced. When a Board position recently became available, we were faced with the task of filling the seat with someone with a passion for agricultural education who is also a member of the NYFB Board of Directors. We have added some tremendous dedication with this appointment.
Fouts represents the third generation farming at the current farm location. He operates the dairy farm in partnership with his wife, Laura, and his parents. Currently they milk 425 cows, and crop 1,150 acres to provide the feed for their herd.
Fouts is the past President of Cortland County Farm Bureau and the current District 5 Director for New York Farm Bureau. He sits on the NYFB dairy and labor committees. He also serves on the FSA County Committee, the Farm Credit East Customer Service Council, and the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Town of Groton.
Fouts earned a BS from Cornell University, but his lifetime of learning and his family have provided him with more expertise and knowledge, and he has a very special way of communicating about his world of agriculture. He shares his story via social media, and has amassed quite a following. Many enjoy his smile, sense of humor, and presentation. He recently was recognized at the NYFB State Annual Meeting for all he does to share his agricultural knowledge through the presentation of an “Excellence Pin”, which is earned, never just given. Paul goes that extra mile, and takes a little bit of his time each day to reach out to people on Facebook with a special fact, explanation, or bit of news. We know that he wears this pin with honor and pride.
Fouts feels that Farm Bureau gives those in agriculture a voice. It is the way for us “little guys” to tell our story and make a difference for agriculture and our rural communities. He feels that the Foundation is instrumental in educating the non-farm public about agriculture. By providing age appropriate materials and helping to create venue, the Foundation is a valuable resource for anyone wanting to tell agriculture’s story. We look forward to working with Paul as a Foundation Director.