Photos: Farm Bureau celebrates agricultural leaders at gala

03/31/2014 4:30 PM |
Long Island Farm Bureau Board member Robert Nolan with Daniel Gilrein and Mark Zaweski during a press conference prior to the gala. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Long Island Farm Bureau Board member Robert Nolan with Daniel Gilrein and Mark Zaweski during a press conference prior to the gala. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

The Long Island Farm Bureau hosted its 96th annual awards gala at Polish Hall Saturday to celebrate standout members of the agricultural community. 

Mark Zaweski — a fourth generation farmer and owner of MKZ Farms in Jamesport — was honored with the organization’s Amherst Davis Memorial Farmer Citizen of the Year Award for 2014.

The award is presented annually to a bureau member who gives back not only to the agricultural community, but also to the community in which they live and farm.

The group also honored Daniel Gilrein — an entomologist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County — with its Long Island Farm Bureau Citizen Award for 2014; given annually to a community member whose contributions help the bureau and area growers.

LIFB education chairperson Kristina Sidor also awarded Longwood High School senior James Anson with a scholarship of $1,100 to put toward his education in an agricultural area of study.

Mark Zaweski and family during the gala. (Credit: Courtesy LIFB)

Mark Zaweski and family during the gala. (Credit: Courtesy LIFB)

Dan Gilrein and a friend during the gala. (Credit: Courtesy LIFB)

Dan Gilrein and a friend during the gala. (Credit: Courtesy LIFB)

LIFB education chairperson Kristina Sidor with James Anson, scholarship winner. (Credit: Courtesy LIFB)

LIFB education chairperson Kristina Sidor with James Anson, scholarship winner. (Credit: Courtesy LIFB)

Cornell Cooperative of Suffolk County Agriculture Program director Dale Moyer honoring Mark Zaweski  (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Cornell Cooperative of Suffolk County Agriculture Program director Dale Moyer honoring Mark Zaweski (Credit: Carrie Miller)

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