Local man honored at state conference
Glick receives PFB Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award
HERSHEY — A long-time Mifflin County Farm Bureau member has been recognized for his service.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau presented J. Elrose Glick, of Belleville, with the 2016 Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award during the annual meeting in Hershey. According to a press release from PFB, the award is presented to an individual whose dedicated work and service has significantly contributed to the advancement of Pennsylvania agriculture.
Glick, who is 85-years-old, said he was surprised and shocked.
“Receiving the award reminded me of where all I have been and how much I have done,” Glick said.
Glick has been an active farmer in the Big Valley for 63 years. In 1953 Glick took over ownership of his family’s dairy farm.
According to the release, Glick has been heavily involved with Farm Bureau over the decades, serving eight years on PFB’s State Board of Directors and as a member of the State Policy Development Committee and the State Promotion and Education Committee. He also served on PFB’s Executive Committee and represented PFB as a delegate during several American Farm Bureau Federation annual meetings.
“Farm Bureau has helped me so much in developing my interest in agriculture,” Glick said. “I discovered my niche.”
PFB President Rick Ebert spoke of Glick’s contributions in the release.
“Elrose is the epitome of a person who makes Farm Bureau great. He is a no-nonsense individual, who has represented and promoted agriculture and touched the lives of so many people,” Ebert said. “With the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, we appreciate and recognize the vast contributions Elrose has made on behalf of farmers and the agricultural community.”
The release continues to state Glick’s other achievements including his time spent serving on Penn State University’s Cooperative Extension State Board at the local, regional and state level. He also volunteered for many roles within the Mifflin County Farm Bureau, including president, vice president, membership chair and other committee roles.
One of Glick’s major accomplishments was spearheading efforts to establish a farm tour specifically designed for third grade students from every school in Mifflin County.
“I wanted the kids to learn where their food comes from. There was a need for this education because so many children simply thought food came from the grocery store,” Glick said. “It’s just amazing when these kids see that the food comes from the land and from the farm and how their attitude changes toward life.”
The agriculture farm tours include a wide variety of activity stations providing information about growing food, animal care, modern farm equipment and much more. The farm tour brings hundreds of third graders in the Mifflin County School District to a different farm each year to help bridge the gap between the farm and table.
“I am so happy to have had the privilege of serving the agriculture community,” Glick said.