CFBA President Don Tuller Elected to American Farm Bureau Board

1/31/2017

Wethersfield, Connecticut (January 17, 2017)  Donald Tuller, co-owner of Tulmeadow Farm in West Simsbury and President of Connecticut Farm Bureau Association, Inc., was elected to represent 12 Northeast states on the Board of Directors of American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF)

Tuller was elected for a two-year term by delegates at the annual AFBF convention held in Phoenix.   Maryland Farm Bureau President Chuck Fry was reelected to a two-year term and will also will represent Farm Bureau members from the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.  They join New Jersey Farm Bureau President Ryck Sudam and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Richard Ebert as Directors who were elected last year.

"This is a great honor, but also an important responsibility," says Tuller.  "It has been at least 18 years since a Connecticut Farm Bureau President was elected to serve on the national board.  The perspective of New England agriculture within the Northeast is something I really want to make heard.  Our experience growing and marketing farm products here is different from the southeast, the Midwest and the far western states.  It's great to be a voice at the table."

American Farm Bureau is a national federation of all state Farm Bureaus that operates under non-partisan, grass roots governance.  For the past hundred years all policies pursued by the organization are generated from individual members within county Farm Bureau organizations.  State leaders and the policy they promote on behalf of farming members are voted in by delegates of the county Farm Bureaus.  Farm Bureau is local, county, state, national and international in its scope and influence and is non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-secret in character. Farm Bureau is the voice of agricultural producers at all levels.

Tuller is a member of Hartford County Farm Bureau and has served as President of Connecticut Farm Bureau since 2008.  He was just elected for another two-year term as state President in November.  For more than twenty years, Don has served in Connecticut Farm Bureau leadership capacities; at the state level as First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary, as well as a member of the Connecticut Farm Bureau Board of Directors and Connecticut Farm Bureau Young Farmer Chairman. At the County level, Don has served as Director of Hartford County
Farm Bureau, Policy Development Chairman and Legislative Chairman.  Don served as a member and Chairman of the Simsbury Conservation Commission and Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Agency, and is a member of the Simsbury Land Trust and was Volunteer Firefighter for 32 years.  He graduated from UCONN, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources with a B.S. in Animal Science.  Don and his wife Carol have one daughter, Emily.

Tulmeadow Farm is a 265-acre farm operation that includes greenhouse and field vegetable production, plus beef cattle, hay and grass silage bales, a CSA for subscribing customers, and a popular ice cream stand and farm store.  Their ice cream is served at the Farm Store and distributed to retailers and restaurants around Connecticut. Don farms together with his cousin Buzz Tuller.  Members of the Tuller family have been farming the land in West Simsbury, Connecticut continuously since 1768, almost 250 years so far.

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