Agricultural Environmental Management Award

2002 Winners - The Pollock Family of Tompkins County


Among the first farmers in the State to participate in the AEM program, Michael Pollack Jr. and family of Tompkins County received the 2002 Agricultural Environmental Management Award at the annual Empire Farm Days in Seneca Falls. The family received this award for their outstanding efforts, which benefit the viability of New York agriculture and the environment for generations to come.

With the help of the Tompkins County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), they developed a site-specific farm plan and implemented conservation practices tailored to meet the environmental and financial goals of their 70-cow dairy. Utilizing state and federal funds, the practices called for in their plan are nearly complete, and ongoing evaluations will help keep their farm environmentally sound and profitable.