Winners of the Young Farmer Achievement Award were recently announced at the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation 99th Annual Meeting. Farmers between the ages of 18 to 35 from around the state competed for awards by demonstrating knowledge of and achievement in agriculture, as well as showing their commitment to promoting the agriculture industry.
Adam and Patricia Crete of Highway View Farm in Boscawen won the Achievement Award, and will represent New Hampshire at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in San Diego, CA this January. In addition to the expense-paid trip (courtesy of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau), the couple will receive the use of a Kubota M Series utility tractor for six months or 250 hours, thanks to Kubota Tractor Corporation and Pinnacleview Equipment in Walpole. The Cretes also won a monetary prize of $200, courtesy of Poulin Grain.
The Cretes milk 220 Holstein cows and manage more than 700 acres of forage land. They utilize advanced technologies available and had the farm’s cover crops seeded by helicopter this past August.
For the Cretes, taking home this award is a tribute to their hard work. “It’s an honor to receive the Achievement Award and it’s nice to be appreciated for what we do,” said Adam. “I’m looking forward to representing New Hampshire in San Diego.”
Excellence in Agriculture Honored
Also at the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation 99th Annual Meeting, Christina Murdock, DVM, of Concord, was honored with the Excellence in Agriculture Award. She will represent the Granite State at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention.
Murdock was chosen for the award based on her involvement in the state Young Farmer program and her community involvement. Although Christina didn’t grow up on a farm, her interest in agriculture developed while attending Alvirne High School in Hudson. She participated in the FFA program and cared for livestock at the school’s farm. Since obtaining her doctorate in 2007 from Colorado State University she has been practicing medicine on large and small animals.
The Excellence in Agriculture Award recognizes Young Farmers between the ages of 18 to 35 who do not derive the majority of their income from an agricultural operation, but who actively contribute and grow through their involvement in agriculture, their leadership ability and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations.
Christina excels when it comes to her involvement in Farm Bureau and the Young Farmer program. She actively participates in various projects such as the Harvest for All, where she and fellow Young Farmers collected surplus produce from local farms and donated it to the soup kitchen in Concord. In addition, she is an advocate for agriculture and travelled to Washington, D.C. with fellow Young Farmers to meet with policymakers on Capitol Hill. In addition to her involvement with Farm Bureau, Christina coaches the Alvirne FFA team for veterinary science.
Farm Bureau has opened many doors for Christina and she is looking forward to competing nationally. “I would like to thank Farm Bureau for all the opportunities it has provided me,” said Christina. “I’m looking forward to continuing to serve New Hampshire agriculture in the years to come.”
The expense-paid trip to San Diego is provided by the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation. Christina also received a monetary prize thanks to Pleasant View Gardens.
Discussion Meet Winner Announced
Amy Gowell Drogue of Barnstead won the state Young Farmer Discussion Meet at the annual meeting. The competition is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected.
Four young farmers discussed the concept of a livestock insurance program as well as addressing food insecurities with modern technologies. The competition enables participants to build basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of agricultural issues and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach consensus and solve problems.
Participants are evaluated on their ability to exchange ideas and information on predetermined topics. “It is a privilege to have won,” said Amy. “And I’m proud that I will be representing New Hampshire at the national competition.”
In addition to an expense-paid trip to San Diego, Amy received a monetary prize thanks to Achille Agway.