Ryck Suydam Elected President of New Jersey Farm Bureau
Ryck Suydam, operator of the 300+-acre Suydam Farms, LLC, in Somerset County, was unanimously elected president of the New Jersey Farm Bureau during its 94th annual convention, on Tuesday, November 13, for a two-year term.
He previously served as Farm Bureau's second vice president. He replaces Richard Nieuwenhuis, who served ten years as Farm Bureau president and was recently on the American Farm Bureau Federation Board.
"I'm very pleased to turn over this office to such a capable, dedicated leader," said Nieuwenhuis. "He's not only respected in the farming community, but within his larger community as well."
"The position of President is one of honor," said Suydam. "And I truly appreciate my Farm Bureau colleagues for electing me. I also thank my predecessor and friend, Rich Nieuwenhuis, who has served as president with the utmost integrity and professionalism. I have big shoes to fill and hope to do as fine a job as he has done. After visiting representatives from each county over the past two months, I have a clear snapshot of their concerns. There is a common desire to work together to protect and improve the vitality of our farming industry. I vow to work hard to do just that."
Steven Jany, who farms a Mercer County grain and Christmas tree operation, was unanimously elected second vice president for a two-year term. Jany has been Farm Bureau treasurer since 2002 and is a former member of the State Board of Agriculture.
Suydam has operated the 300-acre Suydam Farms, LLC since 1985, 175 acres of which have been in the family since 1713. The farm produces hay, straw, pumpkins, cut flowers, herbs, pigs, eggs, Christmas trees and other seasonal produce, including a "pick your own" pumpkin operation, with October hayrides to the fields. He has recently added two Brown Swiss heifers to the farm, as Brown Swiss Cows have been part of the Suydam’s family farms’ legacy. Since 1987, he has also been a partner in Suydam Insurance Agency, in Somerset Township.
He is firmly committed to volunteerism in his community, serving as a member of the Rutgers University Board of Equine Advancement, New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, director of the Belle Mead Farmers Co-op, director of the Somerset County Board of Agriculture, the Franklin Township Environmental Committee (1999-2002); executive vice president of the Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce; and chairman of the Franklin Township Agricultural Advisory Committee. A12th generation farmer, he is the son of Abram and Ann Suydam of Franklin Township. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maine.
Jany is a partner in Rustin Farms grain and Christmas tree operation. Also committed to volunteerism, he is past president of the New Jersey Grain and Forage Producers Association, past member of Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (formerly Cook College) Board of Managers, and currently a member Mercer County Board of Agriculture since 1986, the State Board of Agriculture from 1997 to 2002, First Pioneer Farm Credit Advisory Committee, New Jersey Soybean Board, National Corn Growers Association, Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association and New Jersey Christmas Tree Growers Association.
For further information, contact the New Jersey Farm Bureau, at The Farmhouse, 168 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608. Phone 609-393-7163; fax 609-393-7072; email firstname.lastname@example.org; website www.njfb.org.
The New Jersey Farm Bureau is a non-profit member organization of 11,000+ farmers and farm-related individuals within the Garden State. It is the only organization solely dedicated to representing the grass- roots interests and directives of its members in educating all levels of government and the public on the farm community’s policies and positions.
The Farm Bureau also takes a lead in seeking out initiatives, activities and ventures to enhance the profitability of producer members and ensure the viability of agriculture in New Jersey -- the Garden State for Good Reason -- our farms.