The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Board of Directors elected Mark Amato, who is a farm manager at Verrill Farm in Concord, Massachusetts, as president of the organization on Feb. 15. He is replacing Ed Davidian, who resigned due to his recent appointment to a federal position.

“I am honored to be able to continue Ed Davidian’s work as the new president of MFBF,” Amato said. “Massachusetts is a tough environment to farm in and our organization is one of the few advocates left for the farming industry in the Commonwealth. I hope that during my term I can help ensure that Massachusetts farmers are not overburdened with regulations.”

The Board also elected Wayne Smith to serve as treasurer for the remainder of Amato’s term. Following this election, MFBF’s 2017-2018 Board of Directors, now stands as the following:

  • Mark Amato, President
  • Laura Abrams, Vice President
  • Wayne Smith, Treasurer
  • Rich Bonanno, Immediate Past President
  • Holly Aragi, Berkshire County Representative
  • Frederick “Skip” Vadnais, Jr., Bristol County Representative
  • Jeff Deck, Cape & Islands County Representative
  • Peter Gibney, Essex County Representative
  • Nate L’Etoile, Franklin County Representative
  • Leon Ripley, Hampden County Representative
  • Alan Everett, Hampshire County Representative
  • Warren Shaw, Middlesex County Representative
  • Rudy Medeiros, Norfolk County Representative
  • Jack Angley, Plymouth County Representative
  • Katie Carlson-Hardy, Worcester County Representative
  • Robert Parrish, Budge Committee Representative
  • Charles Proctor, Budget Committee Representative
  • TBD, Budget Committee Representative
  • Alex Dowse, Director At Large
  • Ryan MacKay, Director At Large
  • Jamie Cruz, Director At Large
  • Heidi Cooper, Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee Chair
The new president was seated Feb. 15 and will serve until December 2019.

“While I am very sad to leave MFBF’s Board of Directors, I have every faith in the newly elected officers,” Davidian said. “The new make-up of the Board will create new opportunities for farmers in the Commonwealth and I am excited to have the opportunity to work with them in my new position as U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Massachusetts Executive Director.”