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|Juniata County farmer Chris Hoffman has been re-elected to a second term as Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Vice President. Hoffman (left) discusses Farm Bureau policy with Mifflin County president Tim Goss during PFB's 67th annual meeting in Hershey.|
For Immediate Release: November 15, 2017
(Hershey) – Juniata County farmer Chris Hoffman has been re-elected as Vice President of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) by delegates at the 67th Annual Meeting of the state’s largest farm organization.
“It is truly an honor to represent this organization,” said PFB Vice President Chris Hoffman, who raises hogs and chickens on his farm near McAlisterville. “I continue to be impressed with the involvement of our members and how their grassroots efforts directly lead to real changes that benefit farm families across the state.”
Hoffman has been heavily involved with Farm Bureau for more than a decade, serving on PFB’s State Board of Directors for eight years and as a member of the board’s Executive Committee. As Vice President, Hoffman is responsible for chairing PFB’s policy development process, where farmers recommend solutions to benefit agriculture and rural communities. He also chairs the State Agriculture Promotion Committee, which focuses on raising money for the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation and encouraging county-level events that promote consumer awareness of agriculture. Hoffman plays an important role with the American Farm Bureau Federation as well, serving as chair of its Promotion and Education Committee.
“Looking to the future, we need to focus on three key areas, they include membership growth, stronger policy development and advocacy and educational outreach. Through membership growth we are able to remain financially strong to back our programs and services; through stronger advocacy we make sure that the organization is focusing on the most critical issues; and through education we help further bridge the gap between farmers and consumers, who want to learn more about what we do and why we do it,” added Hoffman.
In addition, Hoffman is a member of the Penn State Board of Trustees.
“Chris demonstrates strong leadership skills and is a vocal and persistent advocate for farm families across the state,” said PFB President Rick Ebert. “I am pleased that he will remain on our Farm Bureau team, working with me and members of the state Board of Directors to create new economic opportunities for farm families.”
Hundreds of farmers from across the state attended Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s 67th Annual Meeting at the Hershey Lodge from November 13-15, to set policy for the statewide organization on issues affecting farm and rural families.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with a volunteer membership of more than 62,000 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.