Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets Anson Tebbets and New Hampshire Commissioner of Agriculture, Food and Markets Lorraine S. Merrill will join the Connecticut River Joint Commissions (CRJC) at their meeting on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, NH 03743. The meeting is open and the public is encouraged to attend.
Commissioner Lorraine S. Merrill
Lorraine Stuart Merrill of Stratham has served as Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets & Food since December 6, 2007. She is currently serving in her second 5-year term.
Merrill is co-owner with her husband John, son Nathan and daughter-in-law Judy of Stuart Farm, a 370-acre dairy enterprise with 260 milking cows and 200 head of young cattle located at the edge of the Great Bay Estuary. The herd consists of registered Holstein and Brown Swiss animals.
In addition to her involvement in the day-to-day operation of Stuart Farm, prior to becoming commissioner, Merrill also worked as an independent writer for agricultural and general interest publications, environmental technical writer for government agencies. She was also involved in many civic and professional activities at the local, state and national levels.
Following graduation from the University of New Hampshire in 1973, she returned to the family farm and also taught elementary school for several years. Over the years Stuart Farm has been recognized for its leadership in conservation and environmental management. Merrill had been a regular contributor from 1983 to 2007 to Hoard’s Dairyman, the leading dairy farmer trade magazine, writing feature articles and a column entitled “The People Side” and holding the title of field editor. Her articles on agriculture, conservation, land use and many other subjects have appeared in newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, books and on the web. A book she co-authored with Peter Francese, Communities & Consequences: The Unbalancing of New Hampshire’s Human Ecology, and what we can do about It, was published in 2008.
Secretary Anson Tebbets
Anson Tebbetts was appointed Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture, Food, and Markets by Governor Phil Scott in January of 2017. Prior to his appointment, Tebbetts spent more than twenty years as part of the WCAX news team, serving as the station’s news director since 2009. From 2007-2009, he stepped away from his role at WCAX to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, under the Douglas administration. An avid bird enthusiast, he co-hosts “For the Birds” on WDEV & WLVB radio. Tebbetts, a graduate of Emerson College, is a native Vermonter with deep agricultural roots. He was born and raised on his family’s farm in Cabot, where he continues to reside today with his wife Vicky and their two children. In 2001, the Vermont Farm Bureau honored him with their Friend of the Farmer award.