Lisa Colby of Newburyport, MA is owner/manager of Colby Farm, a farrow-to-feeder pig operation with 25 sows that markets 400 hogs annually.
also raises hay on 300 acres, straw on 43 acres and assorted vegetables on 25 acres.
She is a 2004 Pork Leadership Academy graduate and has served as a Pork Act Delegate for seven years.
At the state level, Colby is a member of the New Hampshire Pork Producers Council and is serving as the recording secretary.
Locally, she is the president of the Essex County Farm Bureau and COC Advisor for the USDA Farm Service Agency.
She also is a member of the National Hay Association and the New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Association.
feels the major issues facing the industry include: animal welfare, food safety, environment, trade, labor, food costs and the economy.
states, "We (agriculture) need to do a better job of educating and telling the public our story.
believes the Checkoff's role in addressing industry issues is to provide funding to address the critical issues of the industry.
Regarding changes taking place in the pork industry Colby's belief is that change must be positive since it is inevitable, especially in agriculture.
notes that pork producers have a history of adaptability.
would like to become a National Pork
Board member because she
believes in agriculture and the pork industry and that she
can make a difference.
"I am proud to say I represent pork producers of all sizes on a daily basis.
I maintain a healthy, certified disease-free herd and run a clean, well-maintained operation," stated Colby