Participants at the Chester Delaware County Farm Bureau’s Fall Banquet handled a packed agenda while enjoying camaraderie and dinner at the Goshen Fire Hall earlier this month.
In addition to discussing new policies affecting the rural community at the Sept 10 gathering, the organization voted in two new board members, reelected three others, and honored one for longtime service, according to a Farm Bureau press release.
Lisa Bennett of Malvern and Jeff Stoltzfus of Atglen were elected to fill the two board vacancies, and Dennis Breckbill, Don Hannum and Art Needham were reelected.
Ten new policies were presented that had arisen from local farmer meetings held in Oxford and Honey Brook. They included making available non-ethanol gasoline for use in small engines; legislation to require bike riders, joggers and pedestrians to wear flashing lights or bright clothing when on Pennsylvania’s tree-lined roads; and a recommendation to VISTA 2025 to promote industrial areas instead of industrial corridors to prevent urban sprawl in good farming areas.
Howard Robinson, who has personally recruited more than 200 members over the past 10 years as well as leading the annual campaigns to retain existing members, was awarded a beautifully mounted clock for his service. The Chester Delaware County Farm Bureau has the largest membership of all the county Farm Bureaus in Pennsylvania, a tribute to Robinson’s dedication, the release said.
The Chester Delaware County Farm Bureau, which has almost 8,000 members, not only advocates for farmers with legislators at the local, state and federal level, but it also donates more than $40,000 to the local community through scholarships to students attending college to study agriculture. It also promotes education at area schools through activities such as its Mobile Ag Lab.