Young Ag Professionals State Committee
Drew Ross, District 16
Simon Itle, District 12
Simon Itle, District 12
Sarah Kerstetter, District 10
Promotions Sub-Committee Chair
Zach and Brittany Speer, District 15
Andrea Brown, District 9
Join a group of young professionals who are leading Pennsylvania Agriculture
Please note: home county is italicized.
I’m a 5th generation family member here ar Robinson Family Farm in South Canaan in Wayne County. Robinson Family Farm is a diversified vegetable and beef operation. I work for the county conservation district as the nutrient management specialist and I’m also a farrier. I did not grow up on the farm and I didn’t start in agriculture until I was in high-school. Since then I have been learning as much as I can particularly in soil health. I got started in Farm Bureau in 2017 and joined the county board and then a spot on the state YAP committee. One of my favorite things in farm bureau is the professional development and the people I get to meet. I’ve met some of the greatest people through this organization and I can’t wait to meet more!
Matt La Brie
Bucks, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton
I’m a part-time employee at Evergreen Farm in Lehigh County. Evergreen Farm is a family-owned cash crop and beef operation. I’m currently studying Mechanical Engineering at Penn State University. I was not raised on a farm but have enjoyed learning and working on the farm since high school. Since I started, I have tried to get as many people out to see and help in the process of growing and harvesting crops. I got started in Farm Bureau in 2020 and joined the county board and the state YAP committee. One of my favorite things about the Farm Bureau is all the different experiences and creating connections with other farmers. I’ve learned so much about agriculture and can’t wait to learn more!
Paul and Melissa Harrop are the District 3 co-chairs. They live in Chester County on their farm with their kids, animals, and dog. Paul’s family has dairy farmed the majority of his life. He currently crop farms, as well as services diesel equipment and hauls steel as a truck driver. Paul grew up in 4-H and showing dairy cows, and went to UNOH for diesel and diesel ag mechanics. He joined Farm Bureau in 2010 and has always been involved with the YAP on the county level.
Melissa joined the YAP in 2013. She operates Meadow Creek Livestock on the farm, where she does the direct sales of dairy beef. Melissa also works “off the farm” as an editor at Lancaster Farming.
Centre, Clinton, Lycoming
Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Union
Hi. I’m Kaleb Long. I was born and raised in Lancaster County. I was active in FFA, and 4-H, growing up. I attended Penn Manor School District, where I graduated in 2011. I then attended Delaware Valley University and received a B.S. in Ag Business. Growing up, I worked for many farmers in Manor township. I mainly helped with baling hay and straw, and in the tobacco fields. I am currently employed full time as a Crop Consultant for Nutrien Ag Solutions, and I run Conestoga Oneega Farms which is a swine breeding operation with my parents. I’ve been serving on the Lancaster County Farm Bureau Board since 2017 and have been the District 8 YAP committee member since November 2020.
Andrea and Ryan Brown have been active in the agriculture community since their FFA careers in high school. Together they own a crop farm, a cow-calf operation specializing in club calves and direct market beef in Cumberland County. Both are active leaders in their communities where Ryan serves on the local township and school district agricultural advisory committees, as well as the current county Farm Bureau President. Andrea also serves her county Farm Bureau as Secretary, a member of the Ag Promotion Committee for PA and has recently been elected to the American Farm Bureau Promotion and Education committee. In addition to the farm, Ryan spends his time as an agronomist specializing in digital agriculture, Andrea currently works off farm full time for a local school district. Andrea and Ryan married in 2013 and are blessed with a son and daughter.
Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry
My name is Sarah Kerstetter, your District 10 Rep. I grew up on a small farm in Juniata County where my family has horses, goats, chickens, and rabbits. We also make and sell grass hay for our customers in the summer time. Growing up I was very active in 4-H and FFA showing animals and competing in a variety of events. I have recently graduated from Delaware Valley University with a degree in Secondary Agricultural Education. Upon recieving my degree, I am looking to be an Agricultural Science Teacher, teaching at the high school level. In the mean time, I am working at Tractor Supply Company where I have worked throughout both my high school and college career. When I am not working you can find me on the back of my horses or crafting with my Cricuit, sewing machine, or making things with power tools. I am an agriculture advocate with intentions to educate the public about the importance of agriculture.
Bedford, Blair, Somerset
Hey everyone my name is Ally Fisher from Bedford County! I am the newly appointed district 11 representative for Pennsylvania Young Ag Professional. I have raised dairy goats with my parents on our family farm, Massey Hollow Farm for the past 12 years. We also raise beef cattle, and meat rabbits, along with hay and other crops. I was very active in 4-H and FFA and have held many of offices in both organizations, have shown many different species and have learned alot through them. I still stay active throughout agriculture by showing dairy goats, helping my parents on the family farm, and by being apart of the PA Farm Bureau and my County farm bureau by serving as our county secretary. I am so excited to see what this organization has in store for me and I can’t wait to learn more!!
Simon is a 4th generation family member of Vale Wood Farms, comprising of a 200 dairy cow herd along with a processing plant to produce and home deliver a full line of dairy products to the local area. He graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Food Science. Applying his degree, Simon is working full-time in the dairy processing facility with an emphasis on food safety.
Ryan is a native of Cameron County where he grew up on a family farm which instilled not only his love for agriculture, but his work ethic that he uses to fight for farmers in his free time and at his work at the Elk County Conservation District. Ryan enjoys hunting, fishing, all sports, and spending time with his wife Taylor and his dog Gertie. Ryan joined YAP because he recognized the need to keep the younger generations active in the agriculture community even if they are not farmers themselves!
Nate & Morgan Gilmore are the owners of Steel Toe Farm. Both Nate and Morgan were born and raised in Erie County with a love for animals and agriculture. Currently, they both work at their family’s concrete plant while also operating a custom butcher shop. Their farm is full of an array of animals from dairy and beef cows, chickens, pigs, a goat named Randall, Kitty and their pups. Their latest adventure of opening a processing facility has been a learning curve, but a big adventure.
Zach & Brittany Speer, Promotions Chair
Beaver/Lawrence, Butler, Mercer
Zach and Brittany Speer are co-chairs of District 15 and the YAP Butler County. Zach was raised on his family’s dairy farm in northern Butler County. Brittany was raised on her family’s cash crop farm in southern Butler County. Zach currently works full time at Brittany’s family farm: Har-Lo Farms Inc. Brittany is involved with the family farm by providing marketing advice and maintaining social media platforms for the farm. Brittany works full time off of the farm but helps during the harvest season. Brittany & Zach are known for their micro pig Miles who lives in their house. In the future Zach hopes to own his own herd of long horn cattle. Zach and Brittany share the same values and love of agriculture. They will pass their agriculture passion and values to their future generations as well as anyone else.
Drew Manko, District 16 Rep. (Washington, Westmoreland, Fayette, Greene, Allegheny)! Drew also serves as Washington County’s YAP chair and on the Washington county board of directors. Drew resides on his family’s PA century farm in Eighty Four, Washington county. He raises several breeds of rare and heritage breed livestock including 11 sheep breeds, 2 breeds of hogs, American Milking Devon cattle, and poultry. The farm’s main commodity is wool by selling it to a niche market and at their yarn and fiber shop in Washington, PA. Finally, Drew manages his own business of selling processed meat to local restaurants and businesses. Drew has a passion of advocating to support local businesses and agriculture.