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Grassroots Close-up

In an effort to get to know members, Grassroots Close-up highlights PFB members and their involvement in agriculture.

Published each month in the Country Focus member publication, each member is interviewed about such topics as their operation, products they sell, views on current agriculture processes, and why they are a Farm Bureau member.


We hope you enjoy getting to know your fellow members!

Please contact Liam Migdail at 717.761.2740 for more information or submit this online form.


Name  County Business

Brittany Foertsch Butler Crop & Beef Farm
Karen Chapin Columbia Crop Farm
Tim Wood Tioga Dairy Farm
Dennis Marbarger Schuylkill Crop & Beef Farm
Bob Rutledge Wayne Beef & Grain Farm
Stacy Hann Perry Dairy Farm
Mark Muir Erie Sheep Farm
Rachel Kirkoff Berks Poultry
LeeAnn Kapanick Crawford Beef & Crop Farm
Tim Goss Mifflin Hog Farm
Julie Perry Bradford Diversified Farm
Stephen Naylor Perry Grain Farmer
Courtney Meyer Lancaster Agriculture Insurance
Joe Krall
Lebanon Dairy Farmer
Karen Doyle York Pick-Your-Own Farm
Don Carter Washington Agway Employee
Shannon Copeland
Erie Crop Adjuster
Andrew Frankenfield
Montgomery Produce Farmer
Clair Esbenshade Snyder Diversified Farm
David Yeany Forest Maple Syrup Producer
Eliza Walton Centre Grain Mill Operator
Brett Reinford Juniata Dairy Farmer
Charles Wyant Clarion Equine Facility
Carissa Itle-Westrick Cambria Dairy Farmer
Jim & Kim Barbour Susquehanna Diversified Farm





Crop Farmer


Tell us about your farm.
On our farm, we raise corn, wheat, rye and soybeans that we deliver to local grain mills. We also raise green beans and edamame beans for Hanover Foods. Our farm is a family farm partnership with my husband, Jim, and his brother, Ward. Our two sons, Mike and Steve, are also involved in the farm. Our farm is called Drue Chapin and Sons LLC.

You are involved in the Farmer’s Care Program. What do you find interesting about that program?
I find this program very interesting because it reaches many people who are not involved in farming. It shows that farmers and Farm Bureau are very caring.

What does Columbia County Farm bureau do to participate in Farmer’s Care?
We donate to the Ronald McDonald House in Danville. We also have donated to EOS Therapeutic Riding Center, which is a great organization that helps people with disabilities through horseback riding. We also have donated to local food banks and helped with distributing food.

Farmers in your area have made a point of building relationships with the General Assembly. Why do you think this is important?
I think this is very important. We need to educate our representatives on the issues that will affect us as farmers. A good example is the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation. If a representative had listened to certain groups present on WOTUS and thought ‘this sounds great’ without hearing Farm Bureau’s perspective, it would have been devastating to agriculture. This is just one example.

What motivates you to stay involved on the county board?
I have learned so much as a Columbia County Farm Bureau Board member. We have so many great people involved in many areas of the Farm Bureau who are very passionate in educating people about agriculture.

Are you optimistic about the future of agriculture?
I am optimistic but with reservations. We need to get more young people involved as the average age of farmers in Pennsylvania is 57. We need to educate people on the safety of GMOs, pesticides, animal facilities, and other issues. I think things like buying local and other programs are great for agriculture. The Ag Promotion Committee, Educator’s Ag Institute, Mobile Ag Lab and the Ag Literacy programs are great ways to promote agriculture.

Lastly, why are you a Farm Bureau member?
I am a Farm Bureau member because I really believe in this organization. I believe that without the county Farm Bureaus, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and American Farm Bureau Federation, agriculture would really suffer. I really enjoy being involved. I read the AFBF Farm-tastic book ‘Before We Eat: From Farm to Table’ to a group of first graders. Their interest and questions were so awesome. Educating the next generation is so important to the continuation of agriculture.