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The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) extended its thanks to former President Rick Ebert for his years of service following its 72nd Annual Meeting in Hershey. Ebert served as PFB’s eighth President from 2014-2022.
“I would like to take a moment to thank Rick for his leadership over the past eight years,” Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Chris Hoffman said. “Rick played an important role in guiding Farm Bureau at both the state and federal level. As an organization, we’re looked to be the leader in agriculture, and I am excited about what the future has for all of us.”
Ebert has given years of service to Farm Bureau at the state and local level. Prior to his election as President, he served as Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Vice President for 10 years and represented District 16 on PFB’s State Board of Directors from 1996 to 2004. He was also president of Westmoreland County Farm Bureau and vice chair of PFB’s Young Farmer and Rancher Committee (now Young Ag Professionals). Ebert also led PFB’s Dairy State Committee and presented testimony before the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board on behalf of dairy farmers across the state.
In 2009, Ebert received the Mid-Atlantic “Master Farmer” Award, in recognition of his farm success and civic engagement.
In 2008, Ebert was honored with the Charles E. Cowan Memorial Award, from the Professional Dairy Manager of Pennsylvania. The award is given in recognition to a farmer who has shown superior management on their farm, and outstanding leadership within the dairy industry.
Ebert was named 2007 Country Folks Keystone Farm Show “Farmer of the Year.” He was recognized for his involvement and accomplishments in the dairy industry and his involvement in social and agricultural organizations, such as Farm Bureau.
The farm’s conservation work was recognized with the Westmoreland County Conservation Award in 1983. In his community, Ebert serves as a 4-H leader, superintendent for the Westmoreland County Fair Association and on the St. James Catholic Church Pastoral Council.
Hundreds of farmers from across the state attended Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s 72nd Annual Meeting at the Hershey Lodge from Nov. 14-16, to set policy for the statewide organization on issues affecting farm and rural families.