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Juniata County Farm Bureau meeting a success

Happy (almost) fall, although it has not felt much like it the past few days. While the county farm bureau annual meeting passed, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau looks ahead to the quickly approaching state yearly meeting held in Hershey from Nov. 15 through 17.

Farmers are busy in the fields chopping corn silage and getting small fall grains planted, so please share the road with them when you see them out and about.

Many people helped make the annual farm bureau meeting a success. Linda Geissinger made great efforts and planned the event. Sponsors including Mark Partner Insurance Agency, the Agronomy Center, Hooberís, Seed Consultants, Matterís Milling and Forestry Services LLC, and MMM Nutrient Management Services LLC made the meeting possible.

While many of the same activities will be held this year as in years past, there are some new features, such as family-friendly Mobile Ag Science Lab activities. The main goal of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureauís annual meeting is to tend to the yearly business of the farm bureau, adopt policies and recognize the achievements of the county and state farm bureau throughout the year.

This goal does not eliminate the opportunity for fun events during the three-day meeting. In addition to educational seminars held during the day, the Young Ag Professionals will hold an auction Monday evening.

This auction is always an excellent way to get ahead on Christmas shopping while supporting the Young Ag Professionals program in the state and the county.

Tuesday evening’s event will support the Friends of Ag Foundation through a trivia night competition. This year’s theme for the competition is ìdeck the halls,î and the bureau seeks team members to participate.

Past attendees and future attendees of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau annual meeting will receive an opportunity to learn more about the farm bureau and the many facets it encompasses while meeting new people, networking and having fun. It can be hard to get away from the farm, but the event is well worth it. Those interested in attending should contact Jackie Matter at (717) 444-9928 or dobsonrun@centurylink.net. Come for just a few hours, a day or all three days.

Cookbooks are still available to order from the Young Ag Professionals Committee of the farm bureau. The cost is $10 per cookbook, and those who are interested may place orders by contacting Sarah Kerstetter at (717) 953-6977 or skerstetter17@gmail.com; fall is an excellent time for trying new recipes.

Dues renewal notices should be arriving in members’ mailboxes soon. Those who received the mail must be sure to pay before Oct. 1 to receive a $3 discount. Take note that, with the by-laws changes made earlier this year, the dues have increased to $100 per year for a family membership.

This increase is well worth the benefits and savings that members can receive. Those without memberships who would like to join should contact Ray Geissinger at (717) 535-5886. Individuals do not have to be a farmer to join.

There are many monetary benefits to being a farm bureau member. Various businesses, including Buttonwood Campground, MK Sales/Mifflintown Hardware, Lancaster Farming, Hershey Park, Staples, Choice and Wyndham Hotels, offer discounts. With the new Mydeals app, many, many more non-farm-related businesses also offer member discounts. In addition, a farm bureau membership provides a louder voice to members on legislative issues.

This bureau helps to educate the general public about how agriculture is a part of their everyday life. Until the next meeting, remember to thank a farmer.

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