Mark O’Neill, Media and Strategic Communications Director
For Immediate Release: November 12, 2018
Columbia County farmer Delroy Artman (right), who is joined by his wife Betty, is presented the 2018 Distinguished Local Affairs Leader Award by Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Rick Ebert during PFB’S 68th Annual Meeting in Hershey.
(Hershey) – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) has selected Columbia County farmer Delroy Artman as the recipient of the Distinguished Local Affairs Leader Award during the farm organization’s 68th Annual Meeting in Hershey. The award recognizes an outstanding individual, whose local affairs efforts and activities have helped solve problems and improve rural living for county Farm Bureau members.
The judges specifically cited Artman’s involvement in multiple local affairs projects, including the highly successful Ag Safety Day event. Artman assumed a leadership role in organizing the joint venture between the Columbia County Farm Bureau and the county’s 4-H and FFA members. Ag Safety Day had a huge turnout from the agriculture community and the public, who observed safety demonstrations and were provided valuable information, including tips for safely operating all-terrain vehicles (ATV).
“Safety affects all of us and we need to spend more time planning and establishing procedures to reduce the possibility of accidents occurring on farms and in our community at large,” said Artman. “Ag Safety Day, (which has been renamed Rural Safety Day) also gives us an opportunity to engage in personal conversations with our neighbors and others in the community about how we use no-till and cover crops to improve the soil and environment, how we care for our animals, and actions we take to further improve food safety.”
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s 2018 Distinguished Local Affairs Leader Award recipient Delroy
Artman pulls a radish from his Columbia County farm to demonstrate a cover crop he grows to improve soil quality.
Artman, who is a past president of the Columbia County Farm Bureau and grows corn, soybeans, wheat and hay on about 800 acres near Berwick, has always been active in the community. Aside from the Ag Safety Day event, Artman hosted Columbia County Farm Bureau’s Legislative Farm Tour, a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) farm tour, a Department of Environmental Protection farm tour and met with county commissioners to discuss the importance of the Clean and Green program.
“Delroy is an extremely active member of Farm Bureau and his local community. When he gets involved in a project, it typically generates positive results. His efforts helped national, state and local officials learn more about the challenges facing farm families and how the decisions they make can affect the livelihood of farmers,” said PFB President Rick Ebert. “Equally important is his engagement with people who have no ties to agriculture and his willingness to welcome environmental officials onto his farm to demonstrate actions farmers are taking to further improvement soil and water quality.”
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization,
representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.