Sawyers honored for their distinguished service to agriculture

SACKETS HARBOR, NY — Donald and Kayrena Sawyer were presented with the Jefferson County Farm Bureau’s Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award at the county Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting at Old McDonald’s Farm this month.

The bi-annual award, started in 1984, was created to recognize members who help promote agriculture in a positive manner.

The Sawyer’s made an impact in the industry soon after establishing their farm on Route 12 in Burrville.

They received national recognition from the American Farm Bureau Federation, with the first Outstanding Young Farmer and Rancher Award in 1969, for excellence and dedication to the farming community.

In 1984, they were again lauded with the first New York State Dairy of Distinction Award.

“The Sawyer’s have been trailblazers in our community for many years,” said Jefferson County Farm Bureau President Devon Shelmidine. “They have made a positive impact on agriculture overall, mentored the next generation of farmers and touched our neighborhoods through service.”

The Sawyer’s are longtime Jefferson Farm Bureau members, Don is a past-president, and has donated his time to serve on many agricultural and civic boards. Kayrena has also given her time to the community, holding various offices including past president of the Northern New York Agricultural Historical Society at Stone Mills. Their farm is operated today under the leadership of the third and fourth generation of Sawyers.

“We are inspired by their dedication, passion and commitment to our community and are proud to place a spotlight on Don and Kayrena’s distinguished service to agriculture through this award,” said Shelmidine.