Concord, NH – Glen Putnam has been elected Chair of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation (NHFB) Veterans in Agriculture Committee. The Veterans in Agriculture Committee was approved by the NHFB Board of Directors in December and held its first meeting in March. The stated mission of the committee is to recruit, educate, support, and promote veterans and their families in agriculture.
“Growing up I was surrounded by both farmers and veterans,” Putnam said, “I couldn’t decide which one I wanted to be, so I did both. Now to be working with Farm Bureau to bring the two together is both an honor and a privilege.”
Putnam, who is also President of Grafton County Farm Bureau, currently serves in the United States Navy Reserve and is the owner/operator of Winsome Farm Organics in Piermont.
Bruce Cilley, Strafford County Farm Bureau Board Member, was elected Vice-Chair of the committee. Cilley is a veteran of the United States Army and owns Horseshoes Plus in Barrington.
“Veterans have the discipline and the fortitude to work in agriculture and no doubt will get satisfaction from growing crops or raising animals if they choose to do so,” NHFB President Denis Ward, who farms in Monroe, said. “New Hampshire Farm Bureau is pleased to have a veterans committee as part of our organization and looks forward to working with the leaders of this committee, Glen Putnam and Bruce Cilley, as well as any veteran who gets involved.”
For more information on the NHFB Veterans in Agriculture Committee or to find out how you can get involved, contact the NHFB Office at 224-1934.
The New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation is a membership organization dedicated to advocating for and educating the public about agriculture. Consisting of more than 3,000 member families, NHFB is an independent, non-government, voluntary organization advocating for an abundant, affordable, sustainable and safe food supply.