Patrick Hooker is honored

Patrick Hooker

Patrick Hooker is the 2021 recipient of the PRO-DAIRY Agriservice Award presented today by Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY Director Tom Overton during the virtual Dairy Day Recognition and Awards ceremony at the Great New York State Fair. This award is given in appreciation and recognition of outstanding contributions to NYS agriculture through support of PRO-DAIRY.

“This year’s recipient, Patrick Hooker, is recognized for his close involvement with PRO-DAIRY programs over time and, in particular, for the many ways that he has worked to benefit the dairy industry in New York State,” Tom Overton, PRO-DAIRY Director, said.

Patrick Hooker has made exceptional contributions to the dairy industry in New York through his longtime service with New York State and New York Farm Bureau. As Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets, Director of Agribusiness Development for Empire State Development, and most recently as Deputy Secretary for Food and Agriculture, he has been a staunch advocate for the dairy industry and for educational programs like PRO-DAIRY that work to advance New York State agriculture.

PRO-DAIRY’s mission is to facilitate New York State economic development by increasing the profitability and competitiveness of its dairy industry. PRO-DAIRY specialists have made a positive impact on the technical knowledge, management skills and economic strength of New York State’s dairy industry since 1988. Visit PRO-DAIRY online at

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