Peru NY Dairy Owner Jon Rulfs Named Northern New York Agricultural Development Program Co-Chair
Northern New York – Jon Rulfs, co-owner of Adirondack Farms in Peru, NY, has been named as a Co-Chair of the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program, a farmer-driven research and technical assistance program serving Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.
Rulfs, who serves on the Northeast Dairy Producers Association Board of Directors and is active with Clinton County Farm Bureau and other agricultural organizations, is one of three Co-Chairs for the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program. He joins dairyman Jon Greenwood of Madrid and dairyman Joe Giroux of Plattsburgh to lead the farmer-member advisory committee and commodity-focused subcommittees of the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program.
Rulfs owns the 2,500 milking cow dairy operation in Peru in partnership with Jake Swyers and Rocklyn Giroux. The operation raises all its own crops on the 5,000-acre farm. The farm was established in 1996. Adirondack Farms welcomed more than 500 visitors to “A Day on the Farm” event last fall. Jon is also co-owner of Rulfs Orchard, a 200-acre diversified fruit and vegetable farm in Peru, NY, with his father, Bob Rulfs.
The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program recently released its 2013 economic impact report and announced 27 farm research projects underway across the NNY region in 2014. The projects range in focus from dairy, field crops, fruit and vegetable production to livestock and crop pest and disease control and agricultural environmental stewardship.