This year’s NHFB Young Farmer Achievement Award went to Jeff Moore of Windswept Maples Farm in Loudon, NH.
The NHFB Young Farmer Achievement Award competition recognizes young people between the ages of 18 to 35 who have excelled in their farming operation and have shown leadership abilities through Farm Bureau and in their community. The ideal candidate for the award is an individual or couple involved in production agriculture with the majority of their income subject to normal production risk.
Jeff Moore is part of the eighth generation of Moore’s to farm on the family’s diversified farm in Loudon. Their major enterprises include maple, hay, pastured beef & lamb, and retail egg and vegetable production. The maple operation is multi-faceted; including 8,500 tapped trees, retail syrup and maple equipment sales, and sugar bush custom installation services. Jeff works closely with his family on the farm but has been increasingly taking ownership of new land and utilizing new technology to increase efficiency. In his spare time, Jeff plays basketball in several local leagues.
As part of the award Jeff will receive the use of a new Kubota tractor for six months or 250 hours from Pinnacleview Equipment in Walpole. He will also move on to compete in the national Achievement Award competition at the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee this January.
A panel of judges consisting of State Representative Dick Gordon, Brandon Coffman of Farm Family Insurance, and NH Department of Agriculture Director of Agricultural Development Gail McWilliam Jellie travelled across the state visiting nominee farms to make their decision. Also nominated for the award were Dan Hicks IV of Sunnycrest Farm in Londonderry and Jason McNamara of McNamara Dairy in Plainfield.