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Juniata County Farm Bureau December report

Hello and welcome to the last Farm Bureau Report of 2018! It’s been a challenging year, so here’s to a better 2019!

Congratulations to Doug Kline for being appointed to serve as a director on the Juniata County Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors, representing Fayette, Monroe, Susquehanna and Greenwood townships. Doug is a district manager for seed consultants and owns a cattle and crop farm in Susquehanna Township, Juniata County. He is married to Christine and has two grown children. Doug replaces Lindsey Shoop, who got married and moved to the other end of the county, out of the county region she represented. Lindsey remains as the treasurer of the county Farm Bureau though.

This year was the year for new committee appointments, so thank you to everyone who is continuing in their positions and congratulations to any new committee members! It’s not too late if you want to get involved, though! We’re always looking for people to help with the various activities the Farm Bureau does, such as talking to legislators (which isn’t nearly as intimidating as it sounds), reading to children in schools, educating the public about agriculture, hosting and planning farm tours and much more! To see how you can get involved, contact me, Jackie Matter, at (717) 444-9928 or dobsonrun@centurylink.net. Everyone has a talent and passion for something and the Farm Bureau offers a wide range of opportunities to use those talents and passions, so get involved today!

Membership for the Farm Bureau runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. However, the membership year for seeking new members begins in July and dues notices to renew memberships are sent out in September. Prior to this past month’s board meeting, a membership kickoff meeting was held to encourage those who haven’t yet renewed their membership to do so. So, if you get a call or visit from someone with a friendly reminder to renew your membership, please do so. Or better yet, renew your membership today so you can continue to benefit from the many things the Farm Bureau offers! Paying your dues on time allows the county, state and national Farm Bureaus to continue to provide the many benefits and services for their members and agriculture as a whole.

At the last board meeting, the Budget and Program of Work for the 2019 program year for the Farm Bureau were approved. The Program of Work is a plan for the year that outlines the various activities and programs the county will conduct and participate in, such as legislative meetings, the statewide Young Farmer and Rancher Conference, the county Annual Meeting, sponsoring the Juniata County Farmer’s Winter Meeting, sponsoring ribbons at the 4-H Youth Fair and participating in the planning of the county’s first elementary school ag tour – be on the lookout for information about that!

The statewide Young Farmer and Rancher Conference is quickly approaching on Jan. 26 and 27 in State College. This is a great way to meet other young farmers throughout the state and learn about issues affecting farmers between 18 and 35 years old. The county Farm Bureau Board sponsors at least one individual or couple to attend the conference each year. If you’re between the ages of 18 and 35 and are interested in attending, contact Lindsey Shoop at (717) 734-0129 for more information.

Did you know?

With your Farm Bureau membership comes an Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance policy. The amount of benefit for this policy increases every year you pay your dues before Dec. 31, up to a certain maximum. To make sure you’re getting the most out of this benefit, that you hopefully never need to use, make sure that you pay your membership dues before the end of this month! Unfortunately, several families in the county have had to use this benefit over the past several years. Be careful out there, farming is a dangerous occupation! Here’s to a safe and prosperous 2019!

Thanks for reading and, until next time, remember to thank a farmer and keep buying those dairy products! Christmas is a great time to use butter and other nutritious dairy for your baking!