Maine Beef Council
Maine Beef Council

Board of Directors of the Maine Beef Industry Council 2012

MBIC’s board of directors is comprised of beef producers and industry leaders.
introducing the directors .... 

Introducing the Board of Directors of the Maine Beef Industry Council 2012
comprised of beef industry producers and industry leaders

Chairman Ed Carter, Min-Acres Farm of Richmond
At John Deere in sales and service, Ed sees first-hand the issues facing farmers in Maine. Ed managed the beef herd at Four Corners Farm in Richmond for many years and is a dedicated supporter of 4-H and youth, working behind the scenes at shows. As director of the Maine Beef Producers and Maine Hereford Association, he’s both a leader and worker. His long tenure on the MBIC board began in 1994.

Vice Chair Jeff Randall of Freeport
Jeff got hooked on cattle early on, now benefiting Maine’s industry as an active worker and leader. Whenever there’s a sale Jeff's there working -- rounding up cattle, setting up panels, and herding sale prospects into chutes. Although he's on the road much of the time as an environmental engineer with Synagro, Jeff manages to support Maine’s cattle functions with enthusiasm. A long-standing MBIC director since 1999, he became Vice Chair in 2001. 
 

Treasurer Russ Dodge, Whitewater Farm of New Sharon
Russ’s full-time endeavor is managing his homestead retail store, selling beef and local products plus hay and grain. With a long and varied career in beef, dairy, and veal production, he came to the MBIC in 1990 as a veal producer for the Rambling Rose Veal label representing Farm Bureau. Russ pushed to start Maine’s first cooperative cattle sales, as district supervisor with Farmington Soil and Water Conservation.  

Jonathan Mohr of South Bristol
Dairy embryos with Genex made Jonathan well-known throughout Maine’s cattle industry, as he visited farms across the state. Not a cattle producer himself, Jonathan continues to share his objective and forward thinking to benefit New England cattle. Jonathan was key in starting Maine’s BQA program. He hauled, set up, and promoted Maine’s traveling exhibit to promote BQA in production development. He’s been active on the board since 2001.  

Charles Norman, Riverside Farm of Brunswick

Maine agriculture is lucky that Charles gives his time to ably represent beef interests across associations and organizations, especially the cross-commodity Agricultural Council of Maine advocacy and planning group which meets at the state capitol, to sway Augusta politics. An Angus producer at Riverside Farm, Charles is Soil and Water Conservation district supervisor for the Farm Service Agency. The industry can call on Charles when a persuasive spokesperson is needed.

Craig and Brenda Allen, The Allen Angus Farm of Sidney
The Allens raised Angus cattle, just up the road from Craig’s family’s farm where he grew up with livestock and crops. Healthy and well-conforming purebreds from the Allen Angus Farm are well-known and have seeded many new herds across the region. The farm's popular freezer beef developed many regular customers who returned each season for more. Brenda, past president of the Maine Angus Association, remains active in supporting young Angus growers.

Past MBIC President Bob Tibbetts, Bo-Rik Farm of Gray
Bob rejoined MBIC’s board in 2009. Serving as MBIC Chairman from 1989 to 1991, Bob helped carve the founding decisions when funds were few, which gives him an unmatched historical perspective. Bob’s wife, Barbara, also is well-known in agriculture through her career in Cooperative Extension where she supported Maine youth in organizing their events. The MBIC and agriculture are lucky that Bob is back in the saddle.

 Pat Bates, Norwest Angus Farm of Turner

Starting many years ago, the Bates' family earned its quality reputation for top conforming, grass-based genetics with Marshall Bates, Pat’s dad. Still Bates’ genetics seeds many herds regionally. Serving on the boards of the Maine Angus Association, the Maine Beef Producers Association, and Maine Grass Farmers Network, the Bates continue their important contributions to the industry, including opening their operations for on-site field tours showing sustainable practices to fellow producers.

Ed Margeson, Margeson Herefords of Westmanland
An ex-dairyman, Ed started his beef operation in 1975, running 21polled Hereford cows crossed with Red and Black Angus. He sells naturally-raised freezer beef and naturally-certified calves to the Pineland Farms program. Westmanland, a town of one hundred people, sits at the top of the state. It’s only road runs between mostly 80-acre farms into Quebec. Ed is a member of the Aroostook Beef Producers Association and the Maine Beef Producers Association.

Maine Dairy Promotion Board – Ex-Officio
Our Maine Dairy Promotion Specialists extend MBIC’s reach in many venues as they represent Maine’s dairy industry and support MBIC’s efforts in reaching our target audiences. Whether collaborating with exhibits or distributing recipes and professional materials, our partnership is important, as resources are limited.

Emeritus Directors
Don Boutilier, Maple Lea Farm of Windham
Don strongly advocated to start Maine’s beef checkoff program in 1988. He, along with fellow dairy producer, Fred Hardy of Farmington, initiated Maine’s referendum to establish our checkoff program. Don’s pure-bred Angus herd was known regionally by regular freezer customers for many years. Don, now retired, has been honored for his long and active involvement and leadership as well as for his conservation practices, always on the lookout for new production technology to improve outcome. 

Milton Henshaw, retired dairyman of Canaan
While Milton served as MBIC Chairman for six years, he represented Maine at several national meetings. His friendly and appeasing approach served the industry well, and we thank him. 

 

Staff:

Brenda Allen, Bookkeeping, part-time: For many years, Brenda with husband, Craig, raised Angus cattle at their homestead just up the road from Craig’s family’s farm where he grew up with livestock and crops. The healthy and well-conforming purebreds from the Allen Angus Farm are well-known and they have seeded many new herds across the region. The farm's freezer beef, also popular with many regular customers, returned each season for more. Brenda, past president of the Maine Angus Association, remains active in the Association and is also supportive of young Angus growers through their clubs.

Judy Powell, Executive Director, part-time: Judy is well known throughout agriculture and brings many years of experience with the industry and agriculture in marketing, promotion, management and journalism. A former sheep producer, she with husband, Ford, grew their own food for many years including just about every species of flock and hoof imaginable. Her work in agricultural journalism has reached across New England.


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