Speaker Bio

Shawn Gingue

Owner of NEK Grains

Rural Grainsheds

Shawn is a fourth generation farmer with over two decades of experience working alongside his father and late grandfather. After the decision was made to sell the milking herd in 2015 Shawn has worked diligently to build a diversified portfolio of services and products that has helped to sustain and grow the family farm so that it can thrive for generations to come. He is a firm believer in cover crops from results he’s seen on his farm since 2008. The soil health benefits from his own experience pushed him to start custom seeding grasses and cover crops for local farms, which has grown to cover over 7,000 acres in the last five years. In 2018 he started growing barley, which is sold to a local malt house to supply the Vermont beer market, and then added wheat to the crop plan in 2019. In 2020 he formed NEK Grains to bring Vermont grown grains directly to bakers and consumers. The new grain enterprise will bridge the gap between growing grains and getting them to market. He plans on building a grain facility that will specialize in drying, cleaning, storing, bagging and marketing the grains grown in Vermont’s beautiful Northeast Kingdom at Gingue Family Farm. He is a member of the Northeast Grainshed and Northern Grain Growers Association. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, skiing and snowmobiling.

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