State Board Director Mark Muir – District 14
State board director Mark Muir is a first-generation farmer, operating Muirstead Farms in Union City, Erie County along with his wife Edlyn. The Muirs started the 50-acre farm in 1992 after being transferred to the area through work with Agway. They raise 110 breeding ewes, 10 Dexter cattle cow/calf pairs, and some Idaho Pasture Pigs for direct-market meat. They also rent an additional 170 acres for hay.
Off the farm, Muir owns and operates Mark C Muir Crop Insurance Agency and is also licensed to sell property and casualty, health/accident and life insurance for Mark Bruns Insurance Services, a Nationwide-appointed elite farm certified agency.
His Farm Bureau experiences includes having served as president of Erie County Farm Bureau since 2017 and holding several other county Farm Buerau leadership roles, such as vice president, newsletter editor, membership chair and policy development chair. Mark chairs the state FARMER Committee, which he has served on since 2016, in addition to serving on the state Natural Environmental Resources and Organic and Direct Marketing committees.
He has a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry from Delaware Valley College (now Delaware Valley University).
Muir is a lieutenant with the Elgin Beaverdam Hose Company, an emergency medical responder, equipment driver and pump operator. He also volunteers with local FFA and 4-H chapters and is involved with several other agricultural organizations including, Northwest Pennsylvania Project Grass (serving as president), Lake Erie Regional Grape Program, State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Sheep and Wool Growers, Pennsylvania Forage and Grassland Council, and the Purebred Dexter Cattle Association. He is also a member of New York and Ohio Farm Bureaus.
State board director Muir is passionate about serving as a voting delegate at PFB’s Annual Meeting, discussing issues, sometimes teaching others about issues affecting western Pennsylvania and other times learning about issues not ever heard of on western side of the mountain range.