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Branchburg Dairy Farmer Joins State Board of Agriculture
For Immediate Release: July 27, 1999 Contact:

Hope Gruzlovic


David J. Kanach of Branchburg, Somerset County, was sworn in recently as a member of the State Board of Agriculture representing the dairy industry. His term expires in 2003. Kanach's River Lea Farm is a third generation dairy farm located at the confluence of the north and south branches of the Raritan River. Currently Kanach, along with his wife, Paula, and his sons, Matthew and Scott, milk over 100 Holsteins twice daily. In addition to the dairy operation, the Kanach's grow over 400 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat, 100 acres of alfalfa to support the dairy herd, 200 acres of Timothy and 100 acres of pasture. The picturesque farm has been used as a backdrop in a variety of commercial advertisements. River Lea Farm was one of the first dairy farms in the state to receive the Dairy of Distinction award from the Garden State Milk Council. A graduate of Boston College, School of Management with a bachelor of science degree in finance, Kanach also graduated from a two-year accelerated Honeywell Information Systems management program emphasizing financial development and is a graduate of the 1997 class of the New Jersey Agricultural Leadership Development Program. Kanach has been very active in New Jersey's agricultural community. He was a member of the Advisory Board for the New Jersey Agricultural Leadership Development Program from 1997 to 1998 and has been an active member, director or alternate director of the New Jersey Farm Bureau in Somerset County since 1986. In addition, Kanach has been a member of the Somerset County Board of Agriculture since 1983, holding many positions and committee chairs, including president and vice-president; a member of the New Jersey Grain and Forage Growers Association; and a member of the New Jersey Agricultural Society. His civic involvement includes service as a Branchburg Township district person from 1990 to 1992 and membership in the Holy Trinity Church. Kanach was twice named the Somerset County Conservation Farmer of the Year by the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in 1983 and 1992 and received the State Discussion Meet Winner Award from the New Jersey Farm Bureau in 1983. Russell J. Marino, a vegetable and fruit grower from Swedesboro, Gloucester County, was also sworn in as a member of the State Board of Agriculture representing the vegetable industry. The State Board of Agriculture elected Roger Ruske of Millville, Cumberland County, to serve as president and Bix DiMeo of Colts Neck, Monmouth County, as vice president. Other members of the Board are Abbott Lee of Chatsworth, Steven Jany of Hightstown, Thomas A. Brodhecker of Newton and Douglas Zee of Glassboro. The eight-member State Board of Agriculture is the highest official policy-making body in the state. Only those who are involved in producing farm crops or livestock products are eligible and membership must represent each of the four leading agricultural commodities.