The Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame announce the 2019 inductees and named Westmore and Westfield farmers among those honored.
Joanna Samuelson Lidback, of The Farm at Wheeler Mountain, Westmore, was named Emerging Leader. Jack and Anne Lazor, Butterworks Farm, Westfield, were honored with Lifetime Achievement award.
Lidback is a farmer, agricultural business consultant, 4-H volunteer, and family farm advocate. Together with her husband Adam, she owns The Farm at Wheeler Mountain, a family dairy farm located in Westmore.
Lidback earned a BS in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell, and an MBA from Babson F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. She is currently employed as Business Consultant for Yankee Farm Credit. In this role, she helps dairy farmers with the challenges of developing business, estate, and succession plans.
Her love of farming extends well beyond the boundaries of Vermont. Lidback is a Board Member with the Global Farmer Network – a non-profit advocacy group led by farmers from around the world. She has also testified on behalf of Vermont farmers before the US House and Agriculture Committee and Senate Agriculture Committee in Washington, D.C.
Lidback was honored by the American Jersey Cattle Association with the Young Jersey Breeder Award in 2016. She was an active member of the Agri-Mark Young Cooperators Program and served as a YC Representative from 2012-2015. Lidback is also active in the Vermont Farm Bureau and currently serves as First Vice President of the Orleans County Farm Bureau.
She and Adam are raising three young children together on the family farm.
Jack and Anne Lazor began farming in 1976. For more than 40 years, they have built a reputation for producing outstanding organic yogurt, stewarding the land, and advocating for organic agriculture.
Their Butterworks Farm grass-fed yogurt is sold in nearly 80 groceries and coops across Vermont and in neighboring states. Together with a dedicated team, they produce some of the finest organic yogurt available.
They have been a steadfast team in farming, family, and life. Jack Lazor is a teacher and a member of the “Agrarian Elders,” a group of 24 pioneers considered to be the founders of organic agriculture in the U.S. Over the years, both he and Anne have devoted themselves to teaching the next generation of farmers how to raise animals, steward the land, and produce products ethically and sustainably.
Farming is a family affair for the Lazors, who raised their daughter, Christine, together at Butterworks. Today, the Lazors enjoy sharing their love of agriculture, and Butterworks Farm, with their grandchildren.
About the Hall of Fame
To reflect the evolving face of Vermont agriculture, beginning in 2018, the Hall began honoring outstanding individuals in three categories: Emerging Leader, Ag Innovator, and Lifetime Achievement. Prior to 2018, the Hall primarily focused on Lifetime Achievement, exclusively.
Inductees will be honored at a luncheon at noon on Aug. 28 at the Champlain Valley Expo.