2010-07-08 / Local & State

PA Farm Bureau Reaches Membership Milestone

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) has reached a membership milestone, surpassing the 50,000 member mark for the first time in the 60-year history of the state’s largest farm organization. PFB increased its overall membership by 3,587, bringing total membership to 50,284.

Special activities are being planned as part of the membership celebration, which will culminate November 15 through November 17 during PFB’s annual meeting in Hershey.

“The success of the membership drive is largely due to the efforts of volunteer family farmers who recruit others in their community to join Farm Bureau. Farmers understand the importance of belonging to an organization that represents their interests and the benefits they receive as a member,” said PFB President Carl T. Shaffer.

PFB noted that more and more farmers understand how important it is for them to present a unified message to policymakers at the state and national level and also to be responsive to legitimate concerns from the public.

“Whether it’s defending the rights of agriculture as part of new farm truck driver regulations, fighting back efforts to place onerous tolls on Interstate 80, making sure the interests of farmers are included as part of the solution to Chesapeake Bay Watershed efforts or proactively spreading the word about the numerous benefits of Pennsylvania-produced food in local communities and the state’s economy, our members see Farm Bureau as a vital organization that helps advance the well-being of farm families,” added Shaffer.

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau secured a fourth voting delegate to the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting by eclipsing the 50,000 member plateau.

“The additional delegate means Pennsylvania will have more influence in representing the interests of Northeast Agriculture at the national level,” concluded Shaffer.

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with a volunteer membership of more than 50,000 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.

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