Potato Board names Young Farmer of the Year

17 years ago
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – The Maine Potato Board has named Trevor Michaud of Limestone as its 2006 Young Farmer of the Year. Michaud and his family grow 1,200 acres of potatoes along with 1,200 acres of grain crops.

A full-time grower for 10 years, Michaud attributes his family’s success to maintaining a top-notch operation and a positive state of mind.

Michaud works with his father, Gil, of Gilles Michaud Farms. The two maintain constant re-investment in land and equipment, and depend on an excellent crew.

The Young Farmer of the Year said he believes his family’s future success depends on continuing work in the processing sector.

“Contributing to products that emphasize quick, easy meals with culinary convenience is the way to go,” said Michaud. “Consumers continue to seek convenience in potato products.”

In addition to working in a successful farming operation, Michaud is active in industry-related activities. He is currently the president of the Agricultural Bargaining Council and is active on the negotiating committee.

Michaud attended Limestone High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Husson College before returning to the family farm. He, his wife, Danielle, and 5-year-old daughter, Emily, live in Limestone.

Timothy Hobbs, director of development/grower relations for the Maine Potato Board, expressed the board’s congratulations to Michaud and his family.

“Trevor and his family have remained competitive in the marketplace through sound management practices and attention to quality,” said Hobbs. “Trevor is an asset to the industry.”

Michaud will be presented the Young Farmer of the Year award at the Maine Potato Board’s annual meeting scheduled for March 23, 2007. As the Young Farmer of the Year, the Maine Potato Board will send Michaud to attend an Industry Leadership Institute in February, sponsored by the National Potato Council and the United States Potato Board.

The goal of the Institute is to identify, develop and cultivate new leaders within the potato industry. The Institute focuses on leadership development, public policy, marketing, trade, team building, public communication and presentation skills. The Institute receives a major sponsorship from Syngenta, which has long been committed to leadership development in agriculture.