The book describes NY's rich and varied agricultural history from the time of the Native Americans to the 4 1/2 billion industry that exists today. It follows the gradual settlement of the State from forest to the nation's leading agricultural state. The book contains over 100 pictures, spanning 150 years, and has a variety of tables with pertinent data from 200 years of census information. This book has appeal for people with or without agricultural knowledge.
Proceeds will be donated to the Witter Agricultural Museum in Syracuse, NY.
Robert Bitz, a graduate of the College of Agriculture at Cornell, was the 5th generation to operate the family farm. With a lifelong involvement in farming and in agricultural organizations, his understanding of NY's agriculture provides a clear picture of the changes in farming over the last 400 years. He has been a long time student of agriculture and has collected many agriculturally related artifacts. Although retired, he still lives on the family farm and maintains an avid interest in the latest agricultural innovations.