CITING HUDSON VALLEY AGRIBUSINESS Development Corporation’s “leadership and vision strengthening local agriculture,” Janet Crawshaw and Jerry Novesky, publishers of The Valley Table, present The Valley Table’s 2017 Farm-to-Table Leadership Award to HVADC Executive Director Todd Erling. “It’s rare that the words ‘agriculture’ and ‘business’ are uttered in the same sentence,” Crawshaw noted, “but since 2007, HVADC has worked with more than 180 ag-related businesses. Its list of success stories reads like a Who’s Who of signature Hudson Valley businesses, including Hudson Valley Fresh, Fishkill Farms and Stone Barns Center for Agriculture.” The award was presented at an event marking the kickoff of The Valley Table’s Spring Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. The annual award was established in 2013 to recognize leadership in building and promoting regional farm-to-table connections. Previous recipients include Dr. Tim Ryan, President of the Culinary Institute of America; Sam Simon of Hudson Valley Fresh; John Novi, chef/owner of the Depuy Canal House; and Peter Kelly, chef/owner of Xaviars Restaurant Group.