Art Whitman of North Bennington, VT, was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance “for a lifetime of dedication and service to the agriculture industry” at the 2016 annual meeting and forum in Albany.
“Honesty”, “integrity”, and “a hard working individual,” who was very active in legislative issues and led his community and the agricultural industry, in service over his entire life, were comments used by his peers to describe Whitman.
“The smartest thing I did was to marry my 4-H, summer camp sweetheart,” commented Whitman, crediting his life long marriage to Kathy, whose ideals matched his own, for his successful work in the Ag community. “When you have a team or when you have a partner that shares the same morals and the same goals, you have some hard times, but you’re never down and out.”
Whitman and his family, until recently, owned and operated Whitman’s Feed Store in North Bennington VT. “This is an honorable business to be in,” said Whitman.
“This outstanding agribusiness has served the farming community for over 50 years,” said Rick Zimmerman, Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance Executive Director. “In addition, Art has been very giving of his time and has been a great leader for our industry. He is a former president of the Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance and is currently Chairman of the Alliance’s Governmental Relations Committee.”
Zimmerman said that Whitman is also a charter Alliance Board member and a “key industry leader that had the foresight to merge two smaller regional organizations into the Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance.”
“In addition,” Zimmerman added, “Art has been a very active advocate on behalf of the agriculture community in Albany, Montpelier and other New England state capitals.”