Farm Bureau gives its monthly report

Bureau features educational events throughout region

Hello and welcome to the May issue of the Farm Bureau report.

Last call to get your RSVP’s in for the Growing Stronger Leaders Event on June 13 at Richfield Life Ministries Church in Richfield! This is going to be a great, fun day to learn about crisis preparedness on the farm from PA Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee representative Bonnie Beck and local firemen and EMTs Kevin Gearhart and Dale Maneval, learn about apples and orchards from Sam and Nina Graybill and have a painting party with Judy Mummau. The delicious lunch of pulled chicken sandwiches, soup, pasta salad and dessert is being prepared by Joel and Jana Snyder and others from the church. There will be favors, door prizes, fellowship with others throughout the state and lots more, so be sure to RSVP to Sonieta Harrop at (717) 437-5818 or by May 25! Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program will run from 10 a.m. Until 2:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $10. You don’t have to be a Farm Bureau member and everyone is invited, so sign up today. We plan on seeing you there!

The annual Juniata County Dairy Princess Pageant was recently held at Walker Grange in Mexico, with Mariana Holderman being crowned the 2018 Juniata County Dairy Princess and Michelle Stewart being crowned the 2018 Juniata County Alternate Dairy Princess, along with a great court of dairy representatives. Juniata County Farm Bureau President Matt Matter served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event. It is really great to see such a strong dairy promotion program in Juniata County. The 2017 Dairy Princess, Katie Fry, did an outstanding job of promoting dairy throughout the county, as was evidenced by a PowerPoint slide show that was shown during the ceremony. Congratulations Mariana, Michelle and all the court!

The PA Farm Bureau Friends of Ag Educator’s Ag Institute, formerly known as Ag In the Classroom, is quickly approaching on July 8 through 12 in State College. This is a great opportunity for any educator, not just classroom teachers, to learn more about agriculture and how to integrate it into their curriculum. Past attendees have been quite impressed and surprised by the quality and quantity of information available. Continuing education credits are also available from this program and the cost to attend is almost completely covered through sponsorships, so it’s a win-win situation. For more information, contact Jackie Matter at (717) 444-9928.

The statewide Young Farmer and Rancher Picnic is scheduled for July 22 at the Dotterer Farm in Clinton County. This is a great opportunity for farmers from the ages of 18 to 35 to get together and network. Farming can often be an isolated profession and it’s just nice to hear you’re not alone in your situation. For more information, contact Stacey Hann at

Speaking of the Young Farmer and Rancher Committee, don’t forget about the contests run by them. Farm Bureau members from the ages of 18 to 35 in the county are eligible to participate in the Achievement Award, Excellence in Ag Award, Discussion Meet or Social Media Award, with some excellent prizes for the winners. Contact Stacey Hann at for more information on that as well. Stacey is the district representative for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher Committee for our district and will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Did you know?

In 2007, Juniata County Farm Bureau members Jim and Rachel Shenk won the Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award and Nathan Meiser won the Discussion Meet at the Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, advancing them to competition at the national level. How about Juniata County does it again in 2018?

Thanks for reading, and, until next time, remember to thank a farmer and always make sure to keep buying those dairy products!