Pennsylvania Farm Bureau elects six to state board of directors

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau elects six to state board of directors.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau elects six to state board of directors.

Individual farmers recently became “a family of farmers with a strong united voice” through the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, said Jim Barbour, one of six newly elected officers, at PFB’s recent 65th annual meeting in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

The Susquehanna County produce farmer and caterer aptly summed up the pride shared by his five colleagues — Harold Robinson, John Painter II, Clair Esbenshade, Lisa Wherry and Don Buckman.

Barbour recently held leadership roles with county and state-level agriculture groups. Cattle farmer Robinson has worked with membership for his local Chester/Delaware County Farm Bureau and oversees matters of concern within the state’s equine industry.

“I come to this board with no preset agenda,” Painter said. “I've always believed Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the premier farm organization in the state at surfacing, analyzing and working toward a solution to any problem or concern that members have.”

Grain and poultry farm owner Esbenshade, of Snyder County, identified federal regulatory overreach as his top issue, saying that Pennsylvania farmers need to make sure that the EPA’s Clean Water Act doesn’t threaten the industry. Sheep farmer Wherry, who also runs a bakery, is a military veteran with leadership experience and a focus on educational outreach.

Buckman grows hay on his family farm and represents the state’s younger farmers and ranchers. He has served in leadership roles for Bucks County and the state's Agriculture Promotion Committee. Along with his wife, Kristen, Buckman won the PFB Young Farmer and Rancher “Excellence in Agriculture” award in 2014.

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the commonwealth’s largest farm organization with a volunteer membership of more than 61,400 farm and rural families.

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