Juniata County Farm Bureau wins award

County recognized for overall programming, other activities

Photo submitted by JACKIE MATTER Juniata County Farm Bureau President Matt Matter, left, shakes the hand of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Rick Ebert after accepting an award on behalf of the county.

Hello and welcome to this month’s Farm Bureau Report – straight from the 66th Annual PA Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting in Hershey!

But first, in this month of Thanksgiving, let’s take a moment to give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy in this county. What’s at least one thing you’re thankful for?  Now go tell someone about it and spread the thankfulness around!  One thing I’m thankful for is my family and the opportunities we have to live the life we love in agriculture.

I’m happy to report that Dave Graybill of Mifflintown was re-elected to serve as the District 10 Representative for the PA Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors for another two years. I’m also happy to report that we had two qualified candidates running to replace me on the PA Farm Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee for District 10. After eight years of serving on this committee, I have reached tenure. Sonieta Harrop of Mifflin County will be replacing me on the State Committee. Congratulations Dave and Sonieta! District 10 of the Farm Bureau includes Juniata, Mifflin, Huntingdon, and Perry Counties.

Congratulations also go out to Rick Ebert, who was re-elected to his second term as president of the PA Farm Bureau.

Aside from all these elections during Annual Meeting, many policies, coming from the county Farm Bureaus throughout the State, have been discussed and approved. Some will now move on to the national level, to be discussed at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) meeting to be held in Phoenix in January.

There were also several breakout sessions where important topics affecting agriculture were discussed.

Several awards were given throughout Annual Meeting as well, including some to our own county. Juniata County placed second statewide in overall programming for county farm bureaus with a regular membership of less than 400. Our county farm bureau also received top honors statewide in two of the six program categories. Imagine how much we could accomplish for agriculture if more of our members got involved! There is a place for everyone to do something you enjoy in the Farm Bureau – contact President Matt Matter at 444-9928 for more information.

The 2017 FARM-tastic Book program is already underway. This year, the PA Farm Bureau Women’s Committee is partnering with the Friends of Ag Foundation for a literacy project, making the FARM-tastic books available earlier.  The 2017 FARM-tastic book is “Before We Eat” and costs $10. Orders for the book are due by Dec. 30. We are hoping to donate the book to all the county public and private elementary schools, public library, and preschools. Anyone interested in donating toward this or participating in the Friends of Ag’s literacy program should contact me, Jackie Matter at 444-9928. You can also call me if you’d like to order a book for yourself or someone you know – they make great gifts!

Did you know???

Legislation to exempt purchases of equipment and materials used in harvesting timber from the state sales tax (the same way farm equipment and supplies are treated) was supported by the PA Farm Bureau and has become law, taking effect July 1, as reported by the “Work and Achievements Highlights” document produced by the PA Farm Bureau. This is just one of the many things the Farm Bureau has done in the past year to benefit you and make your membership dollars work for you. To see more, visit www.pfb.com or talk to county President Matt Matter at 444-9928 or any board member.

Thanks for reading and, until next time, remember to thank

a farmer!