01JimBarbourDistrict 1

Mercer

James Barbour, Vice Chair
607.435.0830
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Jim Barbour is building a Lowline Aberdeen Angus cow/calf seedstock herd on rotational grazing and also grows hay on his farm in Hallstead, Susquehanna County.


He has served as vice chair of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Ag Promotion Committee since 2015 and as vice president of Susquehanna County Farm Bureau since 2011. He also serves as ag promotion and policy development chair for the county organization and was membership chair in the past.


Jim is a graduate of Montrose High School and has a three-year Bible institute diploma.


He serves as a teaching pastor and small-group leader at the Hallstead Campus of Bridgewater Church. He is also a member of the American Aberdeen Association and Northeast Lowline Angus Association.


He and his wife Kim have one son, Jim, and a daughter-in-law, Heather, as well as four grandchildren: James, Killey, Lynndee, and Mollie.

 
 

02MarkScheetz

District 2

Columbia 

Mark Scheetz
215.723.4904
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03MelissaHarrop

District 3

Chester/Delaware

Melissa Harrop
484.252.1342
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Melissa has loved Agriculture from a young age. She grew up surrounded by her family's love of horticulture and her own love of anything horse-related. As an adult, that love now includes livestock, and crop farming. Melissa, along with her husband Paul and their three kids, are proud to be involved in Agriculture. Alongside her husbands family, they help to grow corn, soybeans, and hay, as well as dairy steers and heifers. Melissa is an active leader in the county 4-H dairy and market goat project clubs, and Melissa is also a proud veteran of the US Army, where she served for 4 years. She truly believes that being involved within your community, will help educate your neighbors about Ag!
 

04CharliePorter

District 4

Columbia 

Charlie Porter
570.259.4640
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Charlie is an active member of his county farm bureau, serving as 1st vice-president, policy chairman, ag promotion chairman and as a member of the legislative committee.  Charlie runs a cash grain operation, raising corn, soybeans and hay.  He also operates a beef cow/calf business with a feedlot.


Charlie is a retired 4-H leader, having served 30 years.  He also served as a school board director for  years.  He is active in his church, currently serving as an elder and a choir member.


Charlie and his wife, Patricia, raised a son and a daughter and have six grandchildren.

 
05LauralKosa

District 5

Tioga/Potter

Laura Kosa
814.848.7271
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Laurel is a school nurse in Galeton School District and also works on her family farm. The farm work includes caring for 80 milking Jerseys, raising hay, green beans, silage corn, shell corn and wheat. They also do custom chopping of hay and corn.


She is an active member of her county farm bureau and has also participated in several of the Educator’s Ag Institutes in the past. She also served as a 4-H Dairy club leader for more than 30 years.


Laurel is active in her church. She is also a Master Gardener and freezes or cans most of the fruit and vegetables that she grows.


She has been married for 45 years and has 5 adult children and 5 grandchildren.

 
06SueDotterer

District 6

Clinton

Sue Dotterer
570.660.2092
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Sue lives on a dairy farm where they milk 900 Holsteins and farm approximately 3,000 acres. They grow corn, alfalfa, soybeans, wheat and canola.


Sue teaches 5th grade at the local elementary school. When not teaching, she serves on her county farm bureau board and as chairperson for the Clinton County Dairy Promotion.


Sue has served her county farm bureau in many capacities, including time on the Women’s Committee, as county newsletter editor and the Promotion and Education Committee.


Sue attends Cedar Heights Brethren in Christ Church. She and her husband, John, have three children, all married, and one grandchild. Two of their children work on the family farm.


District 7

Vacant

 

OelligC

District 8

Lebanon

Christine Oellig
717.769.8759
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Christine is active in her county farm bureau, serving on the membership committee and as newsletter editor.  She grew up on a livestock and crop farm and enjoyed showing sheep, cattle and pigs as a youth in 4-H and FFA.  She currently lives and works on a dairy and crop farm in Lebanon County with her boyfriend, Rick.


In addition to her time with farm bureau, Christine serves on the FFA Ag Advisory Board and the Northern Lebanon Young Farmers.  She also currently works as a farm and agribusiness insurance agent with Nationwide.


Christine has a passion for agriculture education and helping others.

 

District 9

Vacant


10RebeccaHarropDistrict 10

Mifflin

Rebecca Harrop
717.513.2158
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Rancher Chair, Newsletter Editor and FACEBOOK page administrator.  She also serves on the county legislative and Women’s Leadership committees. 


Rebecca, along with her family, has a farm operation which includes a 160-cow Robotic milking barn.  They raise all of their own replacement heifers as well as steers for beef.  They farm around 1,000 acres with corn, soybeans, alfalfa and other small grains.


Rebecca is active in her church, serving as a deacon.  She is also involved in her community, sitting on the Mifflin County Youth Fair Board and the Open Show Committee for the fair.  In the past, she was involved in 4-H and FFA.


In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys gardening and photography.


ChairChrisHoffman

District 10

Juniata

Chris Hoffman, Chair
717.497.7895
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Chris Hoffman owns and operates Lazy Hog Farms, a 1,400 sow farrow to wean, 4,800-head nursery barn and 4,400-head finishing barn located in Juniata County, Pennsylvania. He also owns and operates Lazy Chick Farms, raising 250,000 chickens annually.


Hoffman was selected to serve on Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s State Board of Directors in 2006, and was selected to serve on the board’s Executive Committee in 2008. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, a charitable organization supported by Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.


He was chosen to serve as Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Vice President in 2014. In 2013, Hoffman was selected to lead a new committee within Pennsylvania Farm Bureau—the Agriculture Promotion Committee—which encourages local programs that engage consumers with agriculture, and also raises money for the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation.


He was appointed to chair the American Farm Bureau Federation Promotion & Education Committee in 2014. In 2015, he was elected by the state's agricultural societies to the Board of Trustees at Penn State, the Commonwealth’s land grant university.


Hoffman has a long history of leadership at the county level, having served as vice president and president of Juniata County Farm Bureau.


He chairs Pennsylvania’s Nutrient Management Advisory Board, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council, PennAg Industries Association and Fayette Township Fire Co.


Hoffman graduated from Middleburg High School. He and his wife, Selina, have four children and two grandchildren.


Along with spending time with family, in his few hours of leisure time, Hoffman likes to golf, fish, hunt and play indoor soccer and flag football.


11ChristyStrayer

District 11

Bedford

Christy Strayer
814.309.9021
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Cristy Strayer has been serving on the Bedford County Farm Bureau board as secretary since 2016. She got involved with Farm Bureau because someone believed she could she could help make a difference. Strayer has a full-time job and is an ordained minister. She has an 11-year old son. In her spare time she likes to shoot pool and darts in leagues.


12MarySmithmyer

District 12

Cambria

Mary Smithmyer
814.674.3715
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Mary is active in her county farm bureau, serving as treasurer since 2008. She also on their scholarship program, the Farmers Care program and helps with the arrangements for the Spring and Fall dinners.


On the family farm in Cambria County, they raise corn and soybeans. Mary also serves as chairman for the county FSA committee.


Mary and her husband have 14 children, 32 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She attends St. Augustine Catholic Church where she is the organist.


13AmandaBalon

District 13

Elk

Amanda Balon
814.335.0804
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Amanda is the 5th generation on her family’s farm.  Along with her parents and husband, they work to grow the farm based on the needs of the local economy.  Currently, they raise sheep, chickens and some crops.


Amanda’s off-farm work is usually on a part-time basis, including teaching CPR/First Aid in the community.


Amanda is currently on her county farm bureau board of directors and is working to develop a Young Farmer & Rancher program in her local area.  She also serves as secretary for the Brockport United Methodist Charge and attends Brandy Camp United Methodist Church.


Amanda and her husband, Anthony, have two children, Garrett and Logan.


14KathyVorisek

District 14

Crawford

Cathy Vorisek
814.350.9291
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Cathy serves as a member of her county board, and is county membership chair.  She also runs the Crawford County Fair Detective Program.


Cathy is from Linesville, and along with her husband, own and operate Vorisek’s Backyard Bee Farm.  They are currently running 200 colonies in their apiary.  They travel locally for pollination contracts and also produce and sell honey.  Cathy is also one of the teachers for the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab program.

 

Cathy is active in her church, serving as a Eucharistic minister and lector.  In addition to her county farm bureau, she also is active in the PA State Beekeepers and the Northwestern PA Beekeepers.  She also currently sits on the Farm Service Agency board in her county.


Cathy and her husband, Charlie, have five children and ten grandchildren.


15ToddShearer

District 15

Mercer

Todd Shearer
814.720.4530
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Todd is active in his county farm bureau, were he has served as county president.  He has served with many other organizations, including Mercer County Ag Development Council, Mercer County Penn State Extension Board and Ag Retailers Association.


Todd is founder and CEO of T. R. Shearer Ag Commodities, Inc., TRS Transit, LLC. and T. R. Shearer Land & Cattle Co.  The farm is currently a cash grain and cow/calf operation.  Research is an important part of the farm, where they implement new ideas and survey the results for constant improvement in the ag commodity business.


Todd is a past board member of Mt Hope United Methodist Church.  Todd is thankful for being able to work with his wife, Jackie, their two sons and their daughter, along with extended family members.  He also enjoys his time with his six grandchildren.


16KaylaWallace

District 16

Westmoreland

Kayla Wallace
724.541.2512
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Kayla grew up on the family farm in Indiana County where she raised goats and horses. She currently lives in Westmoreland County where she and her fiancé raise grass-fed beef and pastured pork. They specialize in direct sales of their farm products.


She also works off the farm at Panichelle Financial Group as a Nationwide Farm Certified Farm and Agribusiness agent.


She has served her local farm bureau as secretary, director, webmaster and YF&R members.


Kayla’s hobbies include photography and art. She also loves working with youth in a mentoring capacity and educating others about the ag industry.