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PENNSYLVANIA FARMERS' ASSOCIATION CONCLUDES ANNUAL MEETING

 CAMP HILL, Pa., Nov. 18 ~PRNewswire~ -- The Pennsylvania Farmers' Association (PFA) concluded its 42nd Annual Meeting today with the election of officers and adoption of policies on statewide farm issues.
 Several hundred farmers, including 169 Voting Delegates, participated in the statewide farm organization's annual meeting Nov. 16-18 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, Pa.
 Delegates from PFA's 54 county farmers' associations unanimously re- elected Keith Eckel of Clarks Summit to his sixth consecutive two-year term as president of PFA. Eckel operates a 1,000-acre vegetable and grain farm in Lackawanna County with his family.
 Delegates also elected five new members to PFA's State Board of Directors. The new members are Clarence Berger of R.R.2, Kintnersville, Bucks County; Donn Fetterolf of R.R.1, Aaronsburg, Centre County; Wayne Freeman of R.R.1, Elliottsburg, Perry County; Jerome Carl of R.D.1, Dysart, Cambria County; and Robert Whitney of Harborcreek, Erie County.
 On issues affecting agriculture, PFA delegates set policy recommending the restoration of state budget cuts for the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and the research and Cooperative Extension budget of the Pennsylvania State University's College of Agriculture.
 PFA delegates called for the Pennsylvania Game Commission to establish a $1 million crop damage fund to reimburse farmers whose crops are eaten by deer or other wildlife. Also concerning deer, delegates adopted policy calling for commercially raised deer or elk to be subject to the same animal health regulations as traditional livestock.
 On the issue of taxes, delegates adopted policy calling for a reduction of property taxes for property crossed by major utility lines. Delegates also recommended the state constitution be amended to change the state income tax from a flat rate to a progressive rate tax.
 Delegates amended PFA's nutrient management policy to recommend that implementation of nutrient management planning only be required for farms with a high animal density. Planning and implementation on all other farms would be voluntary.
 In a move to preserve farmland, PFA leaders set policy calling for incentives to encourage to reuse or redevelopment of existing business or industrial sites versus the use of newly developed sites.
 In organization matters, delegates recommended the future replacement of PFA's name with the name "Pennsylvania Farm Bureau."
 PFA is a voluntary, general farm organization which represents 23,189 member families. It is affiliated with the 3.9-million member American Farm Bureau Federation.
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 ~CONTACT: Janet B. Carson or Wilson Smeltz of the Pennsylvania Farmers' Association, 717-761-2740~


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