Rural Road Safety week has successful outcome

Photo by Linda Geissinger
Students from East Juniata High School attended a Rural Road Safety event at the Matter Farm April 19.

Hello and welcome to the April edition of the Farm Bureau Report!

Thank you to everyone who helped make our recent Rural Road Safety event a great success! We had over 70 county high school students learn about the many dangers associated with driving on rural roads, especially this time of year when farmers are busy planting and going from field to field. Thank you especially to Ray Geissinger for coordinating the event, as well as our lunch sponsors: Doebler’s Seeds (Doug Kline, District Manager), the Mark Partner Nationwide Insurance Agency, and Keystone Group Ag Seeds (Greg Painter, Representative). Thank you also to Mitch Scalia and his associates from the PA State Police and Ben King from Nationwide Insurance for their presentations during the event. And, finally, thank you to the schools for allowing the students to attend this valuable event!

The Educator’s Ag Institute, formerly known as Ag In the Classroom is quickly approaching this summer and we’re looking for a Juniata County teacher or other educator to attend. Sponsorship is available and you can get necessary continuing education credits. Those who have gone in the past have found it to be a very worthwhile experience with a lot of hands-on learning that can be applied to the classroom. For more information, contact Beth Ehrisman at 694-3500.

Our membership drive for 2016-2017 is wrapping up, with the next membership drive to soon begin. If you still haven’t renewed your membership for the current year, please do so immediately! If you’re not already a member and would like to become one, you can join at any time and you don’t need to be a farmer or have a direct connection to agriculture to become a member. Besides, if you eat, you have a direct connection to agriculture! For more information, contact any board member, Ray Geissinger at 535-5886, or Dave Clark at 734-3594.

We’re excited to announce a new member benefit of the Farm Bureau. Now, you can get a 10% discount on your subscription to Lancaster Farming, either when you subscribe for the first time or renew your subscription. I know that Lancaster Farming is a necessity in our house and probably many others throughout the county.

Photo by Linda Geissinger
Students from East Juniata walk around a tractor April 19 during a Rural Road Safety event.

Mark your calendars for the Growing Stronger Leaders Conference on June 28 this year, in Fulton County. This was formerly known as the Ladies’ Day Out, hosted by the PA Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. More information will be coming in

the next month or so, but this is always a fun, educational event.

The Friends of Ag Foundation recently began a new program recognizing Ag Literacy Week by having volunteers visit elementary classrooms to read the book “Before We Eat” and do an activity with the student. The book was then donated to the classroom as well. Statewide, 325 classrooms were read to by various volunteers including the PA Secretary of Agriculture, Russell Redding. Locally, Selina Hoffman and Lindsey Swartz read to classes in Fayette Elementary School. We are hoping that there will be even more volunteers next year!

The Statewide Young Farmer and Rancher picnic will be held on July 23 in York County this year. Young farmers and ranchers include any farmers in the 18-35 year old age group and anyone within those ages is welcome to attend and/or get involved with the Young Farmer and Rancher program of the

PA and Juniata County Farm Bureaus. For more

information, contact Jim and Rachel Shenk at 436-6409.

Did you know??

If you’re driving at 55 miles per hour and come upon a tractor that’s moving 15 miles per hour, it only takes 5 seconds to close a gap the size of a football field between you and a tractor.

Thanks for reading and, until next time, remember to thank a farmer!