(MFBF) is pleased to announce that Meg Gennings from Holden has been appointed by American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall to AFBF’s animal care advisory committee.
AFBF’s advisory committees play an important role in the organization’s policy implementation and development. Committee members make contributions to AFBF’s mission, from participating in advocacy fly-ins and doing media interviews to helping the organization development comments on proposed regulations and providing input into the resolutions process.
“Meg has an extensive background in animal care from raising livestock in Holden, Massachusetts, to teaching animals science at the University of New Hampshire,” said MFBF President Mark Amato. “As the farm she works on utilizes direct to consumer sales for business, she has an extensive experience in speaking with consumers about animal care, which will be asset for this committee. I am very excited for Meg and wish her luck with this endeavor.”
Gennings is the livestock manager of a 360-acre mixed livestock operation, Lilac Hedge Farm. She maintains a 100-cow angus herd, 30 sow farrow-to-finish operation, a flock of 80 hair sheep, multiple turkey and broiler flocks and 600 laying hens. When not at the farm, she is an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire, where she teaches courses in animal science.
She has been involved in the Worcester County Farm Bureau board of directors, the statewide promotion and education committee, equine committee and young farmers and ranchers (YF&R) committee. She also is involved in the Nunoa Project, which helps camelids in Peru and the United States, and volunteers at Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro adoption events in the Northeast.
Gennings holds a Bachelor of Science in animal science and pre-veterinary medicine from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Science in agricultural and extension education from North Carolina State University.
She will serve a two-year term, which begins in 2019.