Saturday, July 2, 2016

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau sets new Membership Milestone

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau members met with State Senator Gene Yaw (front of table) to talk about vital issues impacting state agriculture during PFB's State Legislation Conference in April.  The state's largest farm organization announced that it has set an all-time record with 61,928 members.  Pictured with Senator Yaw are farmers (from left to right) Jim Barbour, Barbara Warburton, Doug Graybill, Jodie Calkins, Bill Bayne and Kathy Yoachim.
(Camp Hill) – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) has increased its overall membership for the 19th consecutive year, setting the new record milestone at 61,928 members.  PFB added 522 total members over the past year to reach an all-time membership high in the 66-year history of the statewide farmer-run organization.
“Farm family volunteers continue to play a vital role in helping our organization grow by encouraging others in the agricultural community to join Pennsylvania Farm Bureau,” said PFB President Rick Ebert.  “Through the grassroots efforts of our volunteers, Farm Bureau helps solve problems and prevent unfavorable outcomes for the agriculture community.” 
PFB noted that a growing membership and the overall involvement of farmers makes Farm Bureau all the more influential when presenting a unified message to policymakers at the state and national level.
“Farmers invite lawmakers to tour their farms and visit elected officials during trips to Harrisburg and Washington D.C.  During those visits elected officials have an opportunity to learn more about how impending legislation or proposed regulations can impact a farmer’s ability to produce food or remain economically viable,” added Ebert.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau also aggressively represents agriculture as a member of dozens of government advisory boards and industry groups. 
“Our comprehensive work agenda encompasses all of agriculture, including  protecting the use of acceptable farming practices, promoting initiatives to strengthen farm income and increasing outreach and conversations with consumers who buy our food and use our products,” concluded Ebert.
 Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with a volunteer membership of nearly 62,000 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.