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Well-known farmer injured in farming accident

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RODMAN — A farmer was seriously injured in a farm accident on Route 155 in Rodman when he was hit by a cattle truck on Tuesday morning.

Rodman fire officials said Gregory G. Porter, County Route 62, Watertown, was run over by the truck shortly before 10 a.m. at 14918 Route 155 at Porterdale Farms. The accident occurred at the main farm.

Mr. Porter, an owner of Porterdale Farms, was caught underneath the cattle truck and dragged when the truck was backing up, friends said. He was taken by a helicopter to Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, where he was listed in serious condition on Wednesday afternoon. He suffered a broken hip, broken ribs, injuries to his torso and a collapsed lung, his friends said.

The tight-knit farming community was taking the news hard.

On Wednesday, Jefferson County agricultural coordinator Jay M. Matteson said he called the family to see how he could help.

“It sounds really serious,” he said.

Nancy M. Robbins of Old McDonald’s Farm, Sackets Harbor, said the accident hits close to home.

“Farming is dangerous,” she said. “Everything you do is dangerous. It’s moving parts and moving equipment. You’re always trying to get something done. It’s go, go, go.”

And farmers know the risks, she said.

Just three months ago, her manager, Ryan A. Nortz, 33, was also injured seriously in a farm accident when he got caught in a piece of farm machinery at Robbins Farms, 17171 Fields Road, Hounsfield. He was at Upstate for three weeks and is still recovering. Three years ago, a Sackets Harbor firefighter was killed in an accident when a silo exploded at the dairy farm.

Mrs. Robbins said Mr. Porter and his family are “community minded,” noting his daughter, Casey, is serving as dairy princess. Family members also belong to Honeyville Baptist Church, Adams Center.

It will be difficult for the Porter family, with the accident happening at the height of the growing season, she said. As an owner and manager of the farm, Mr. Porter is actively involved in running the family business.

“It’ll be a long recovery,” Mrs. Robbins said.

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