Commending Chris Pawelski in recognition of his outstanding efforts on behalf of onion farmers and the onion farming industry in New...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Chris Pawelski in recognition of his
outstanding efforts on behalf of onion farmers and the onion farming
industry in New York State

WHEREAS, From time to time this Legislative Body takes note of certain
extraordinary individuals it wishes to recognize for their valued
contributions to the success and progress of society and publicly
acknowledge their endeavors which have enhanced the basic humanity among
us all; and
WHEREAS, Chris Pawelski has given not only of his time and energies,
but also of his competence, intelligence and leadership; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Chris Pawel-
ski in recognition of his outstanding efforts on behalf of onion farm-
ers, and the onion farming industry in New York State; and
WHEREAS, Onions are one of the most important vegetable crops in New
York State with annual sales of approximately $52 million; and
WHEREAS, New York accounts for 97% of the onion production in the
northeastern United States, and ranks sixth in the Nation; and
WHEREAS, Chris Pawelski is a fourth-generation Orange County onion
farmer who has devoted much of the last 16 years to improving agricul-
ture and the lives of his fellow farmers through networking to educate
local, state and federal representatives, as well as the media, on the
policies that impact their industry; and
WHEREAS, Chris Pawelski attended the University of Iowa, where he
earned a Master of Arts degree in broadcasting and film studies; he
found himself drawn back to farming and, in 1993, returned to Orange
County to a 50 acre farm alongside his father's and brother's land; and
WHEREAS, Chris Pawelski's advocacy focuses on the plight of farmers
like himself who struggle with the havoc wreaked by severe weather and
the sometimes bewildering agricultural policies of government; and
WHEREAS, Chris Pawelski and his wife, Eve Pawelski, suffered through
several weather related disasters, including the destruction of their
crop by a hailstorm in 1996; they have had seven 50-year floods in the
last eight years; and
WHEREAS, In 2011 Chris Pawelski offered a bag of onions for sale on
eBay for $150,000 to draw attention to the need for an ad hoc crop loss
program for the Eastern Seaboard after Hurricane Irene leveled crops in
Orange County, including his own; and
WHEREAS, Chris Pawelski has helped to bring about significant reforms
and aid to his community, including changes in crop loss and crop insur-
ance policies and the creation of new conservation programs; and
WHEREAS, Chris Pawelski's passion, deep knowledge, ability to explain
complex issues, and commitment to finding solutions have earned him the
respect and admiration of his community, experts in the field, and poli-
cymakers at the local, State and federal levels; and
WHEREAS, He has been interviewed, filmed and quoted by diverse sources
Evening News, BBC World Service News, and Univision; he has also been
featured in THE HINDU, the largest English-speaking newspaper in India;
WHEREAS, Most recently, Chris Pawelski has written a book, MUCKVILLE:
described as an inside look at a farmer's fight to influence agriculture
policy in Washington D.C.; and
WHEREAS, The efforts of our farmers as they continue their hard work
of cultivating the land, facing the many challenges of nature such as

flood, drought and heat, in order to grow our food cannot be sufficient-
ly extolled; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that those who
enhance the well-being and vitality of their community and have shown a
long and sustained commitment to excellence certainly have earned the
recognition and applause of all the citizens of this great Empire State;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Chris Pawelski in recognition of his outstanding efforts on
behalf of onion farmers and the onion farming industry in New York
State; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitable engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Chris Pawelski.


  • 22 / Apr / 2013

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