GFN Board Member Named To Vermont Ag Hall of Fame


More exciting news to share from the GFN as last week’s author of Broadband Access Vital for Rural America and the Economy and Global Farmer Network board member Joanna Lidback was recently announced as an inductee for this year to The Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame. Congratulations!


Vermont Ag Hall of Fame Announces 2019 inductees

Essex Junction, VT The Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the 2019 inductees. Now in its 17th year, the Hall has inducted 80 Vermonters to date.

2019 Inductees

  • Emerging Leader: Joanna Samuelson Lidback, The Farm at Wheeler Mountain, Westmore
  • Ag Innovator: Marie Audet, Blue Spruce Farm, Bridport
  • Lifetime Achievement: Bill Rowell, Green Mountain Dairy, Sheldon
  • Lifetime Achievement: Jack and Anne Lazor, Butterworks Farm, Westfield

About the Inductees

Emerging Leader: Stepping Up to Become the Next Generation of Leaders (age 40 and under)
Joanna Samuelson Lidback, Westmore

Joanna is a farmer, agricultural business consultant, 4-H volunteer, and family farm advocate. Together with her husband Adam, she owns The Farm at Wheeler Mountain, a family dairy farm located in Westmore.

Joanna earned a BS in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell and an MBA from Babson F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. She is currently employed as a Business Consultant for Yankee Farm Credit. In this role, she helps dairy farmers with the challenges of developing business, estate, and succession plans.

Her love of farming extends well beyond the boundaries of Vermont. Joanna is a Board Member with the Global Farmer Network, a non-profit advocacy group led by farmers from around the world. She has also testified on behalf of Vermont farmers before the US House and Agriculture Committee and Senate Agriculture Committee in Washington, D.C.

Joanna was honored by the American Jersey Cattle Association with the Young Jersey Breeder Award in 2016. She was an active member of the Agri-Mark Young Cooperators Program and served as a YC Representative from 2012-2015. Joanna is also active in the Vermont Farm Bureau and currently serves as First Vice President of the Orleans County Farm Bureau.

She and Adam are raising three young children together on the family farm.


Joanna Lidback

Joanna Lidback

Joanna Lidback volunteers as a board member and treasurer for the Global Farmer Network, and has been recognized by the GFN as a 2021 Kleckner Award for Global Farm Leadership award recipient. She is a dairy farmer, a Chief Financial Officer, a business consultant, a mom, and a wife. Joanna and her husband own and operate the Farm at Wheeler Mountain in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, USA. It's an 80-cow herd of Holsteins and Jerseys, where they also raise their own replacements and have a small beef cattle herd. Joanna is CFO at ADK Farms, where they take care of over 7,500 dairy cows and steward over 8,000 acres of land. She is also the principal consultant at Adirondack Management Services, coaching 10 other dairy farms toward reaching their own goals.

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