Mark O’Neill, Media and Strategic Communications Director
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For Immediate Release: November 15, 2016
|President Rick Ebert (left) congratulates J. Elrose and Pauline Glick of Mifflin County as Elrose receives PFB's Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award.|
|J. Elrose Glick - Biographical Video|
(Hershey) – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) presented J. Elrose Glick of Mifflin County with the 2016 Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award during the state’s largest farm organization’s 66th Annual Meeting in Hershey. The award is presented to an individual whose dedicated work and service has significantly contributed to the advancement of Pennsylvania agriculture.
The 85-year-old Glick of Belleville has been active as a farmer for 63 years, taking over ownership of the family dairy farm back in 1953. Glick has been heavily involved with Farm Bureau over the decades, serving eight years on PFB’s State Board of Directors, and as a member of the State Policy Development Committee and the State Promotion and Education Committee. He also served on PFB’s Executive Committee and represented PFB as a delegate during several American Farm Bureau Federation annual meetings.
“Elrose is the epitome of a person who makes Farm Bureau great. He is a no-nonsense individual, who has represented and promoted agriculture and touched the lives of so many people,” said PFB President Rick Ebert. “With the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, we appreciate and recognize the vast contributions Elrose has made on behalf of farmers and the agricultural community.”
Glick spent time serving on Penn State University’s Cooperative Extension State Board at the local, regional and state level. He also volunteered for many roles within the Mifflin County Farm Bureau, including President, Vice President, Membership chair and other committee roles.
One of Glick’s major accomplishments was spearheading efforts to establish a farm tour specifically designed for third grade students from every school in Mifflin County. The agriculture farm tours include a wide variety of activity stations providing information about growing food, animal care, modern farm equipment and much more. The Mifflin County Farm Bureau’s agriculture farm tour is extremely popular and continues to evolve through its 18th consecutive year of engaging hundreds of third grade students, but Glick says the reason for holding the tour has not changed.
“I wanted the kids to learn where their food comes from. There was a need for this education, because so many children simply thought food came from the grocery store. It’s just amazing when these kids see that the food comes from the land and from the farm and how their attitude changes toward life,” added Glick.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with a volunteer membership of nearly 62,000 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.