President: Leon Kriner, Phone: 814-583-7451
Welcome to Clearfield County’s web page. We have many types of agricultural operations, from multi-family operators to the small part time individual operator. Dairy, hay and grain production, live stock production, vineyards, timber production, nurseries, Christmas tree growers, produce growers, specialty market producers. We even have deer farmers plus the wild deer, bear and turkeys in the county. An Amish community resides in Clearfield County. Clearfield County can say that it has the only productive ethanol plant in Pennsylvania. You think of an agricultural product and Clearfield County is probably producing it.
Legislative Update Day
Our Legislative Update day had a Wild West atmosphere this year, since it was held at the Little B Ranch at Frenchville. State and National legislators as well as Candidates for legislative offices were in attendance.
Topics discussed were:
1. Royalty gas payments that are less than 1/8th of the value of the gas extracted.
2. Revising the local income tax reporting regulations to conform to the state income tax regulations.
3. Discussion on the transparency of milk marketing payments.
4. The expanded definition of the term National Water by the EPA.
The adverse economic impact, the additional paperwork and the loss of farmland that farmers would suffer if changes are not made to these topics were presented and discussed with the legislators in attendance. The affect on Clearfield County farmers was presented and why it was important that action be taken to remedy the situation.
Following the legislative discussion, Dave Billotte described and demonstrated his equine business. He is a professional farrier, boards and trains client’s horses, and provides lessons and training to children and adults on riding and care of the horses.
The Billotes, including their 11 year old daughter, are members of a National Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association. Competitors use two 45 caliber single action revolvers, loaded with five rounds of black powder blanks. They shoot at ten balloons in a timed, fast paced event. After they demonstrated the competitive style shooting from a galloping horse, they invited the attendees to try their hand.
Three people, including our own PFB ROD J. Diamond, mounted a horse and shot at the targets. However, Dave led the horse past the targets instead of having the horse gallop down the course. Check out the picture.
This was a different Legislative Update Day than your normal update day and it will be remembered by those in attendance. Our sincere thanks to Little B Ranch for hosting our event.
Agricultural Land Preservation Program Is Progressing
Clearfield County is establishing an Agricultural Land Preservation Committee due to a local policy submitted in 2015. It is hoped that the bylaws can be submitted and approved by the Pa. Department of Agriculture this year. This would allow the program to be operational in 2017.
The Farmland Preservation Program guarantees a future food supply and contributes to a healthier economy. It provides a way for Clearfield County farmers to ensure that their farm will remain in agriculture and not be cemented over for a shopping mall. Currently, over 5,000 farms totaling over 525,000 acres have been preserved statewide.
A farm must be in an Agricultural Security Area to be eligible for preservation. Currently, only three townships in Clearfield County have an Agricultural Security Area. Farm Bureau is now working with interested farmers to develop more Security Areas and provide information to those considering preserving their farm. Contact any County Board Director for assistance in creating an Agricultural Security Area in your township. The more helpers we have, the sooner we can be preserving farms in Clearfield County.
It has been a long, involved process since the local policy was first introduced and approved at the County Annual Meeting. Agriculture in Clearfield County is benefitting due to member involvement in the Policy Development process.
The Clearfield Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award was presented to James Bonsall. Jim helped start the organization 37 years ago and is still an active member. He has served as Membership Chairman, as Treasurer, on the Advisory Committee and Legislative Committee to mention just a few of his efforts. Flowers were presented to Mrs. Jane Bonsall.
Jane and Jim Bonsall with county President Kriner
as Bonsall receives the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award
at Clearfield County's 37th Annual Meeting.