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Annie Cheatham has been selected to lead the New England Farmers Union. Formed in 2006, the union represents farming and fishing families in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

"The advantage of having an active and vital chapter of the Farmers Union in New England is that we can benefit from the professional representation of our issues in the halls of Congress and in the new administration," Ms. Cheatham said in a press release. "The access that Farmers Union has and its reputation as a progressive advocate for family farmers and fishermen are great resources for the agriculture and fishing economies of New England."

She added, "NEFU will take an active role in shaping a future for New England agriculture and fisheries that will be sustainable and profitable for the many individuals who are still committed to the lifestyles of farming and fishing."

Ms. Cheatham has most recently been consulting with the American Farmland Trust, the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and the Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture. Prior to that, she was the executive director for CISA, a non-profit in Massachusetts that works to advance regional agriculture through a buy local campaign; institutional sales; technical assistance to producers, processors and distributors in the food chain; and local and state policy development.

"We welcome Annie to her new role at Farmers Union," National Farmers Union President Tom Buis said in the release. "The New England states play an important role in American agriculture, and having a strong organization is essential to addressing the challenges and opportunities ahead of us."