Marino named ‘Friend of Farm Bureau’

MCALISTERVILLE–In order to commend his legislative efforts and support of agriculture throughout the state of Pennsylvania, U.S. Congressman Tom Marino was recognized with the Friend of Farm Bureau Award during a candidates breakfast at the Bread of Life Restaurant, McAlisterville, with the Juniata County Farm Bureau, Tuesday.

The Friend of Farm Bureau Award is presented to members of Congress who consistently vote in favor of legislation that benefits the farm bureau. Recipients are selected after being approved by the state farm bureau as well as the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors.

The state nominated Marino for the award because he has pushed for legislation regarding a variety of key issues facing the agriculture industry. A few of his areas of focus have included structuring the Farm Bill in a way that strengthens the Dairy Risk Management Program and increasing demand for milk by offering whole milk in public schools.

“I want whole milk back in our schools…It’s going to increase demand, it’s going to increase production and it’s going to increase the price of milk,” Marino said.

Additionally, Marino has advocated for the protection of farmers’ crops as a way of implementing better risk management.

“We do need to do more on crop insurance,” Marino said. “We insure everything else, we insure our automobiles, we insure our homes…we insure just about everything. Why not adequately insure our farmers, our crops? Because we are the bread basket of the world.”

Marino also added that as time progresses, he hopes to find new ways to address broadband internet connection in rural communities, a ongoing issue that Juniata County is hoping to resolve.

Prior to presenting Marino with the award, members of the Juniata County Farm Bureau had the opportunity to discuss their concerns for agriculture throughout the region and also offer ideas to candidates and elected officials in attendance, including Senator Jake Corman and Republican candidate for the 82nd District, John Hershey.

“We’re here to educate. We want you to understand whether you are an incumbent or a candidate, what it is that our issues are,” said Chris Hoffman, state board director and member of the Juniata County Farm Bureau. “Farm Bureau is going to be the voice…making sure that you know exactly where we stand and what we need.”