Dairy farmer Lorraine Stuart Merrill will likely be the next commissioner of the N.H. Department of Agriculture.
Gov. John Lynch selected Merrill, a partner in Stuart Farm in Stratham, based on her 30-plus years of farming experience.
has the skills and knowledge necessary to lead the Department of Agriculture
into the 21st century, and to help keep New Hampshire's
farming tradition strong," Lynch said in a release.
Located at the intersection of Route 108 and Squamscott Road, The Stuart Farm is a 270-acre dairy farm with a herd of 240 cows.
Merrill has been a partner in the farm since 1975, and served as a member of the University System Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2005.
She is also a freelance writer and former member of the Stratham School Board.
Lynch officially nominated Merrill on Wednesday, Oct. 31, during a Governor and Council meeting in Merrimack.
The N.H. Executive Council
is expected to confirm the nomination.
If confirmed, Merrill will take over for current commissioner Steve Taylor, who is retiring on Sunday, Nov. 18, after 25 years of service.