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PENNSYLVANIA FARMERS' ASSOCIATION HOLDS 43RD ANNUAL MEETING IN HERSHEY

 CAMP HILL, Pa., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Farmers' Association (PFA) elected leaders, adopted public policies and changed its name during PFA's 43rd Annual Meeting, Nov. 15-17, in Hershey, Pa.
 Several hundred farmers, including 169 voting delegates, gathered at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center for 2-1/2 days of deliberations on the future course of the statewide organization. PFA is a voluntary, general farm organization which represents 23,542 members and is affiliated with the American Farm Bureau Federation.
 Completing what one farm leader called a "historic path," the statewide farm organization adopted the name Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB). State president Keith Eckel congratulated the voting delegates for adding a new chapter to the history of the largest farm organization in the country, the four-million member American Farm Bureau.
 During election of officers, PFA delegates re-elected Adams County fruit grower Guy Donaldson to his fourth two-year term as vice president of the organization. State board members were also elected to represent eight of PFA's 16 districts. Re-elected to two-year terms were: Curtis Kratz of Souderton -- District 3 (Berks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery); Roxy Levan of Milton -- District 7 (Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Union); Richard Mains of Newville -- District 9 (Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton); Harold Shaulis Jr. of Somerset -- District 11 (Bedford, Blair, Somerset); Thomas McIlwain of Spring Church -- District 13 (Armstrong, Clarion, Elk, Jefferson). Newly elected to the state board are: Allen Roszel of Montrose -- District 1 (Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming); Milford Kinsman of Troy -- District 5 (Bradford, McKean, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga); and Alan Dambach of Fombell -- District 15 (Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, Mercer).
 Delegates adopted policies on a wide rage of public issues, including the enforcement powers of humane societies, the Department of Environmental Resources and reorganization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Policy was set calling for limits and restrictions on the power of private organizations to enforce the state's cruelty to animals law. Those limits include background checks and psychological evaluations for humane enforcement personnel the same as for municipal police officers. Weapons certification was also recommended before humane agents are allowed to bear firearms.
 Delegates set policy calling for a citizens' commission, which includes agricultural representation, to study and make recommendations for restructuring state government, especially DER. Delegates also addressed the proposed reorganization of USDA to combine local Farmers Home Administration and Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service offices into a single Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. Delegates recommended that each FSA office have at least one local farmer committee to provide it with grassroots input in the application of production adjustment and income stabilization farm programs.
 Concerning water use, delegates supplemented the farm organization's current policy to recommend water use registration to document historical water use by farming operations. Delegates also adopted policy calling for a national self-help dairy program.
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 /CONTACT: Janet B. Carson or Wilson Smeltz of Pennsylvania Farmers' Association, 717-761-2740/


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