(left to right) Scott Snell, Michael Infanti, Timothy Wilmott, Nicole Ort Moke, Katie Moran, Megan Gunning, Nyna Leifeste-McKittrick, Erin Freeborn, Dave Kunz, Jean Lynch, Jeffrey Herdeg, David Smith, and Jennifer Zeligson.

Secretary of Agriculture Fisher delivered the keynote address at the New Jersey Agricultural Society’s Agricultural Leadership Development graduation ceremony on April 17 at Burlington County College’s Mount Holly Center. Thirteen agriculture industry professionals, representing farmers, federal and state governments, food processors, conservationists, and support industries participated in a series of workshops and industry tours to improve their business and leadership skills. The goal of the program is to train a cadre of articulate, knowledgeable, skilled leaders who encourage positive action on key issues, policy and economics to advance the state’s agricultural industry. Over the years, 175 people have been trained through the program, many of whom have gone on to serve in leadership roles on county and state boards and in their local communities.

Erin Freeborn, Tranquillity Farms, Allamuchy, farm market and greenhouse manager
Megan Gunning,
Double Brook Farm, Hopewell, cheesemaker
Jeff Herdeg,
Dir. of Food Service National Accounts for Ready Pac Foods
Michael Infanti,
Resource Conservationist, Freehold Soil Conservation District
David Kunz,
Dir. of the Sussex County Office of GIS and owner of Mill Creek Apiaries
Jean Lynch,
Stewardship Dir., NJ Audubon
Nyna McKittrick, owner, McKittrick Nurseries, Colts Neck
Katie Moran, Agricultural Loan Officer, Farm Credit East
Nicole Ort, Farm Market Manager, Ort Farms, Morris County
David Smith, Sale Manager, Peach Country Tractor, Mullica Hill
Scott Snell, Natural Resource Specialist, USDA NRCS
Tim Willmott, Agriculture Resource Specialist, Asst. Coordinator Burlington County Farmland Preservation Program
Jennifer Zeligson, NJDA, Manager Food Distribution Programs