Mark O’Neill, Media and Strategic Communications Director
For Immediate Release: November 19, 2019
|Lancaster County Farm Bureau member Johanna Rohrer is recognized as the winner of the Young Ag Professionals committee Excellence in Agriculture Award during Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s 69th Annual Meeting in Hershey.|
(Hershey) - Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) has selected Johanna Rohrer of Lancaster County as the winner of the 2019 Young Ag Professionals “Excellence in Agriculture” Award during the state’s largest farm organization’s 69th Annual Meeting in Hershey. The award, which considers candidates who do not have the majority of their income subject to normal production risk, recognizes Rohrer’s leadership ability, involvement with agriculture and participation with Farm Bureau.
Rohrer is employed by Mid Atlantic Farm Credit as a Division Marketing Specialist. She formerly worked as a Regional Organization Director at PFB and is currently a member of PFB’s Young Ag Professionals Committee, formerly known as the Young Farmer and Rancher Committee.
“Telling the story of agriculture is who I am and what I love to do,” said Johanna Rohrer, who is a sixth- generation agriculturist. “I enjoy telling the stories of farm families through my work publications and videos.”
Rohrer also works weekends on her family’s farm, which produces corn, soybeans, wheat and tree fruit, which is sold directly to local consumers from the family’s farm market.
“Most families are three or four generations removed from the farm. Those people are now our customers, so we need to be able to enhance their understanding about how farmers truly care about the food they produce and how they are continually working to build a sustainable future,” added Rohrer.
Rohrer volunteers in a variety of roles with the Lancaster County Farm Bureau, including working as its current Newsletter Editor and Website Editor.
“Johanna is a young professional who is dedicated to promoting the positive aspects of farming, while working to provide opportunities for farmers to prosper in the future,” said PFB President Rick Ebert.
Rohrer also enjoys engaging with young people interested in farming and the agriculture industry.
“I’m super passionate about volunteering with the local 4-H program. When coaching and working with 4-H kids, you become a mentor, who encourages and pushes them
to grow, so they can reach achievements that maybe they thought they could not reach,” concluded Rohrer.
As the winner, Rohrer receives several prizes, including free lodging and registration for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 101st Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization,
representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.