Local farmers appointed to committees

A couple of area farmers were out in California recently as part of their roles on advisory committees of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Timothy O’Connell of Milford, a former state representative and owner of Butternut Farm, was recently appointed to the Horticulture Advisory Committee.

Matt LeClair of Mason, owner of Barrett Hill Farm, was re-appointed to the Beef Cattle Advisory Committee.

O’Connell and his wife, Milford Selectman Noreen O’Connell, grow vegetables and cut flowers that are sold mainly at local farmer’s markets.

“We are pleased that Tim has been appointed to the committee,” said New Hampshire Farm Bureau President Wayne Mann. “He exemplifies the typical New Hampshire grower and, as a former state legislator serving on the House Environment and Agriculture Committee, offers a unique and valuable perspective.”

As for LeClair, Mann praised “the diversity of his operation.” LeClair manages a herd of 50 brood cows and sells yearlings and breeding stock. He also finishes cattle for local sales and grow fruits and vegetables.

The American Farm Bureau Federation has 21 commodity advisory committees made up of Farm Bureau members with a stake in agricultural laws, policies and regulations. They identify issues that could affect their ability to produce and market their products and recommend action by the Farm Bureau.

The group gathered in Irvine, Calif., in mid-February for an annual meeting.

“It is a little humbling being a beef producer coming from New Hampshire,” LeClair said. “What is amazing is the similarities between producers with the problems, issues and headaches they face. Regardless of the operation’s size, cows are cows and farming is farming.”

Snow can’t slow blood drive

HUDSON – Snowy weather didn’t deter potential blood donors Tuesday.

About 238 people attended the Police Department’s semiannual blood drive at Lions Hall, and 207 pints of useable blood were donated. The state needs at least 200 people to donate blood every day to keep the blood supply at a stable level, according to police.

“My hat goes off to all the citizens who donated blood,” Sgt. Mike Smith said, noting the bad snowstorm on that day. “There was a great amount of volunteers. It’s a rewarding feeling to see that.”

Any woozy donors certainly had plenty to help restore their vitality. Cahill’s Super Subs, Dunkin’ Donuts (on Lowell Road and Derry Street), Domino’s Pizza, Green Tea Restaurant, Hannaford Bros., Hudson House of Pizza, T-Bones, Sam’s Club, Professor’s Sub and Ya Mamma’s all donated food and supplies. Anne’s Country Floral also pitched in.

The next blood drive will be held in August