Members of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) gathered in Framingham, MA on December 3 and 4 for the organization’s Centennial Anniversary annual meeting, setting policy for the coming year and electing leaders to the MFBF Board of Directors.

Ed Davidian, a fruit and vegetable grower from Northborough, MA (Worcester County) was elected as the new MFBF President by the 102 voting delegates representing the eleven counties that make up the Federation. “I’m proud to be a part of this organization which has helped local farmers for 100 years! It’s a pleasure and privilege to serve in this capacity, and I’m ready to take on the challenges facing our farmers as we move forward into the next century.”

Bruce Howden, a vegetable and berry grower from Sheffield, MA (Berkshire County) was elected as Vice President. “We represent different parts of the state, and different crops and livestock, but we share a common goal – to be good stewards of the land and see that agriculture continues to thrive today and into the future,” Howden stated. In addition to their new responsibilities, Ed Davidian will serve as Delegate to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), and Mark Amatp will be the Alternate Delegate.

Members also re-elected to serve as Directors at Large were Jamie Cruz of Littleton, MA (Middlesex County) and James Larkin of Sheffield, MA (Berkshire County). Joyce Ripley of Blandford, MA (Hampden County) will continue to serve as Chair of the Women’s Leadership Committee, and Ryan MacKay of Berlin, MA (Worcester County) will continue as Chair of Young Farmer & Ranchers Committee. Wayne Smith of Abington, MA (Plymouth County) will serve another term on the Budget Committee, and the following leaders will represent these counties: Bristol — Skip Vadnais, Rehoboth; Cape & Islands – Jeff Deck, East Dennis; Essex – Pete Gibney, Essex; Franklin – Nathan L’Etoile, Northfield; Middlesex – Warren Shaw, Dracut; Norfolk – Rudy Medeiros, Stoughton; Plymouth – Jack Angley, Carver; and Worcester – Jon Nourse, Westborough.