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From time to time, we come across a Farm Credit East member or friend who was recognized in newspapers or magazines. When we find those articles, we post them here.

Hundreds of Christmas trees on their way to soldiers overseas

The holidays for soldiers serving overseas were a lot brighter this Christmas. 500 Christmas trees, donated by Dees' Nursery in Oceanside, were delivered to Northeast soldiers stationed in the Middle East. Joe DiDominica, one of the owners of Dees' Nursery, started the collaboration with DHL in 2004 to support the men and women who serve. Along with the trees, soldiers will also be receiving Christmas decorations, menorahs and letters from local children. The trees and other items arrived to the soldiers December 05. Here's the ABC video. Thank you for spreading the holiday spirit!

Connecticut Public Television Highlights Jones Family Farms in Video Series

Connecticut Public Television released a series of videos in November 2018 of short stories that highlight and celebrate the unique people and places that contribute to the pulse and spirit of Connecticut. Jamie Jones, of Shelton, Conn., is co-owner and managing member of Jones Family Farms, LLC, a 400-acre retail farm growing strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins and Christmas trees. He is also owner of Jones Family Farms Winery, LLC, a 5,000 case vineyard and winery. His operation was recently featured with this 3-minute video

Ocean Spray Harvested Hope by Picking Pink Cranberries for A Purpose 

In collaboration with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.®, Ocean Spray offered a harvest of hope as its first foray into supporting breast cancer awareness. On September 13th, Ocean Spray supported breast cancer awareness by Picking Pink Cranberries for a Purpose during the first harvest of the season. This first-ever pink cranberry harvest, in support of raising breast cancer awareness, featured:

  • Approximately 79 million cranberries, including real pink cranberries, at the event.
  • A National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.(R) ribbon made up of approximately 15.5 million pink cranberries.

Interview with Blake Gendebien: Twin Mill Farms focus on producing a reliable, safe product

Currently, 98 percent of the milk marketed in the United States goes through a set of benchmark standards with dairy farmers, cooperatives and processors before consumers even see it on grocery store shelves. The benchmark is called the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management, or FARM Animal Care Program, developed by the National Milk Producers Federation with support from Dairy Management Inc. The program is made of three silos: animal care, environmental stewardship and antibiotic stewardship. The dairy industry wanted to create a uniform program the dairy system can follow to ensure a safe, reliable product with a way to merit success. In this video, Betsy Jibben, national reporter for AgDay and U.S. Farm Report, takes a look at how the program is working. She speaks to Blake Gendebien, a dairy farmer who owns Twin Mill Farms and Ogdensburg, New York and others in the ag industry.

Celebrating Horticultural Heroes

Pierre Bennerup, CEO and co-owner of Sunny Border Nurseries in Kensington, Conn., received the 2018 Liberty Hyde Bailey Award. This award is given to an individual who has made significant lifetime contributions to at least three of the following horticultural fields: teaching, research, communications, plant exploration, administration, art, business, and leadership. Named after Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858–1954) — horticulturist, educator and author — this was first awarded in 1958. Congratulations Pierre! Read more about Pierre's history and contributions here.

Mapleview Dairy, Madrid, NY Rereives the 2017 PRO-DAIRY Agriservice Award: NYS Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball and PRO-DAIRY Director Thomas Overton presented one of the PRO-DAIRY Agriservice Awards to David Fisher and LouAnne King at the New York State (NYS) Fair on August 31. These awards were given in appreciation and recognition of outstanding contributions to NYS agriculture through support of the PRO-DAIRY program. The Mapleview Dairy partners have been exceptionally involved in dairy industry leadership at the local, regional and statewide levels in New York. They were also recognized for their pro-active approaches to business management, environmental and herd management practices, and issues including employee health and safety. Congratulations to you both! To read the full press release, click here.

Rod Farrow, co-owner of Fish Creek Orchards: Rod Farrow, a first-generation apple grower from Waterport, N.Y., has been named the 2017 Apple Grower of the Year by American Fruit Grower and Western Fruit Grower magazines. This award honors apple growers who have gone beyond the confines of the orchard and have, through their involvement and leadership, made a real impact on the apple industry. Congratulations Rod!

Dairy Good video with the Lamb family: Northeast dairy farmers Matt & Kendra Lamb, of Lamb Farms in Oakfield, N.Y., were highlighted in a recent video, asking viewers to "Meet a dairy family who helps bring your favorite treats from their farm to your table." This Dairy Good video clip is being aired on The Food Network during National Dairy Month, June 2017.

Jan and Michelle Eckhart Recipients of Eastern States Exposition Agricultural Adventures Award: The New England Fellowship of Agricultural Adventurers presented Jan and Michelle Eckhart, owners of Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown, Rhode Island, with the 2017 Agricultural Adventurers Award at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Eastern States Exposition. Jan and Michelle began growing strawberries in the 1980s, and their business has now grown to include a farm-to-table agricultural destination, pick-your-own fruits, market café, menus, concert series and more. The Fellowship of Agricultural Adventurers has honored outstanding leaders in New England agriculture since 1953. A special committee, appointed by the trustees of Eastern States Exposition, selects its annual fellow on the basis of innovation, pioneering and lifetime dedication to the betterment of agriculture.

Penn Vet Receives $5 Million Gift to Establish the Dr. Harry Werner Professorship in Equine Medicine: This gift by the estate of Seth and Lucy Holcombe will establish the Dr. Harry Werner Professorship in Equine Medicine at New Bolton Center, the large animal hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet). Holcombe’s veterinarian and life-long friend, Dr. Harry Werner, cared for the Holcombe’s Morgan horses since the early days of his career, working as a veterinarian in Granby, Connecticut. Werner is a 1974 Penn Vet graduate and dedicated his life and career to the care and welfare of animals.

Eastern States Exposition Celebrating a Century of Greatness: ESE is taking time to honor the monumental achievements of their founder, Joshua L. Brooks, and the leaders who successfully propelled the Exposition through the decades despite trying times, natural disasters, two world wars and the ever changing landscape and culture since 1916. They are celebrating 100 years of innovation, achievement, agriculture, industry and entertainment with two commemorative books, two television documentaries, an opening night celebration and an exhibit that will be featured in the Youth Building. Congratulations on 100 Years!

One Hundred Years for State University of New York at Cobleskill: SUNY Cobleskill was chartered in 1911 and opened in 1916 as the Schoharie State School of Agriculture with one building, five faculty members and eight students, all young men desiring post-secondary education in agriculture. Today, SUNY Cobleskill has grown to include 902 acres and more than 40 buildings, 100 faculty members and 2,600 students. As the college approaches 100 years, it does so with a clear sense of purpose. SUNY Cobleskill prides itself on giving individual attention to students, on programs that marry theory with practice, and on commitment to preparing students for a lifetime of learning and accomplishment. Highlights of the centennial include their commemorative book, 100-day countdown, $100 for 100 years and a 100 gallery designed by students.

Family-owned Lyman Orchards to Celebrate 275 Years: Through a history spanning ten generations, the Lyman family heritage was founded upon a commitment to preserve their land for future generations, using a combination of determination, innovation, and adaptation – attributes that hold true today. Lyman Orchards continues to evolve while maintaining its steadfast commitment to preserving the land for future generations. Today, members of the 8th and 9th generations of the family are directly involved in the business. Learn more about the Lyman family

North Harbor Dairy - DFA Northeast Member of Distinction: The Robbins family milks 1,000 cows in addition to operating a milk and grain hauling business. In 1986, they began an Agritourism business called Old McDonald's Farm. Starting as a small petting zoo, Old McDonald's Farm now attracts 50,000 visitors each year.

New Hampshire Farm Receives 2016 Good Food Award for Sunflower Oil Sunflower oil produced at Coppal House Farm in Lee, N.H., received first prize in its category from the 2016 Good Food Awards. The sunflower oil, pressed and bottled on site from seeds grown on the land in Lee, was among 176 award-winning products in categories ranging from cheese to confections, jams and beverages. The 2016 Good Food Award winners hailed from 33 states across the U.S., with Hutton’s sunflower oil as the only award recipient from N.H. Congratulations!

Albert and Barbara Bishop of Bishop's Orchards Recipients of ESE Agricultural Adventurers Award The New England Fellowship of Agricultural Adventurers presented Albert and Barbara Bishop, of Bishop’s Orchards in Guilford, Conn., with the 2015 Agricultural Adventurers Award at the Annual Meeting of Eastern States Exposition (ESE) held on May 21. The Bishops, along with Al’s cousin Gene and other family members, own and manage the popular business, founded in 1871 by Walter Goodrich Bishop who bought the land that is now home to the famous orchard. Click here to learn more about the Bishops. The 2016 Good Food Award winners hailed from 33 states across the U.S., with Hutton’s sunflower oil as the only award recipient from N.H. 

Chadbourne Tree Farms, LLC presented with 2014 Austin H. Wilkins Forest Stewardship Award Governor Paul R. LePage presented Chadbourne Tree Farms, LLC with the prestigious 2014 Austin H. Wilkins Forest Stewardship Award. The prestigious award recognizes people or organizations that stand above their peers to further forestry, forests, or forestland conservation in the state of Maine. Started by the Maine TREE Foundation in 2004, it is the only award in Maine that recognizes stewardship of the working forest. Representatives from several organizations were on hand, including the Maine TREE Foundation. Click here to read the full story.

Fort Mountain Companies of Allenstown NH and owner Jeff Eames recognized as 2013 Logging Business of the Year by Timber Harvesting Magazine Fort Mountain is a full service forest management and timber harvesting business which is proud of their long term commitment to New Hampshire’s working forests, wildlife management, landowners, customers and their talented workforce. Farm Credit East is proud to work with Jeff, his wife Rachel, and the business team they have created. Click here to view a video created about the award recipient. Click here to read the full article on the award.