The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau has reached an all-time membership high in the 63-year history of the statewide farmer-run organization.
PFB exceeded its 2013 goal of 58,000 members by increasing its membership by 2,924 (or 5.3 percent), increasing the overall membership to 58,322.
The Indiana County Farm Bureau, an affiliate of the PFB, also grew its membership in 2013. There are now 567 members in the county’s farm bureau, up 53 from last year.
“Farm family volunteers played a major role in helping our organization increase membership for the 16th consecutive year by encouraging others in the agricultural community to join Pennsylvania Farm Bureau,” said PFB President Carl Shaffer.
“They know firsthand how Farm Bureau works to solve and prevent problems for agriculture and understand how the organization gets results through members who contribute their valuable time working in numerous roles at the county, state and national level.”
PFB noted that a growing membership and the true grassroots involvement of those members makes Farm Bureau all the more influential when presenting a unified message to policymakers at the state and national level.
“Over the past year, Farm Bureau has had numerous success stories, including the elimination of the state inheritance tax for working family farms, the repeal of unfair reality transfer taxes on farm businesses and the updating of farm vehicle laws allowing larger, modern farm equipment to legally travel on roadways,” Shaffer said.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau also aggressively represents agriculture as a member of dozens of government advisory boards and industry groups.
“Our comprehensive work agenda encompasses all of agriculture, including protecting the use of acceptable farm practices, promoting initiatives to strengthen farm income and increasing outreach and conversations with customers who buy our food or use our products,” Shaffer added.
The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization and represents farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.