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.