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Retired Berks County farmer George Moyer (left) is presented the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award from Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Rick Ebert during PFB’s 68th Annual Meeting in Hershey.

(Hershey) – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) has presented retired Berks County farmer George Moyer of Myerstown with the 2018 Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award during the farm organization’s 68th 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. 

     In selecting the 85-year-old Moyer as the award recipient, the judges cited his more than six decades of commitment to the agriculture industry and Farm Bureau. Over that time, Moyer earned the reputation of being a farmer who communicated directly with politicians and community leaders to address and resolve problems.

     “Farm Bureau members encouraged me to participate in legislative conferences in Washington D.C. and Harrisburg, because they said I did a good job explaining to lawmakers how farmers felt about certain agricultural issues and how lawmakers could help farmers resolve problems, such as dealing with outdated regulations involving farm vehicles and equipment,” said George Moyer. “My family and I have always focused on running a good, honest business; and I’ve always strived to improve farms I’ve purchased over the years, whether it was repairing buildings, improving the fields through tillage work or contour stirps or using no-till practices and cover crops. I’m also proud of all the new members I’ve signed up to join Farm Bureau.”   

     Moyer was named a Mid-Atlantic Master Farmer in 1979 and held numerous positions during his career, which included serving on the Governor’s Ag Research Funding Board, as a member of PFB’s State Board of Directors, as Vice President of Berks County Farm Bureau and as a member of the Berks County Cooperative Extension Board for 18 years, holding a variety of roles, including board president.

“I’ve known George a long time and had the honor of serving with him on our board of directors. George provided great insights and was a fantastic leader on the state board, where he tirelessly worked on behalf of farmers from his region and across the state. George truly embraced the volunteerism aspect of Farm Bureau,” said PFB President Rick Ebert. “With the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, we recognize the vast contributions George Moyer has made on behalf of Pennsylvania farmers and the agricultural community.”  

     Moyer is also credited with playing a major role in having former Congressman Tim Holden being a major advocate for agriculture in Washington D.C., where he was a key member on the House Agriculture Committee.

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George Moyer on his farm in Berks County.

     “Prior to his running for Congress, I invited Holden to work for a day on my dairy farm, where he milked cows beginning at 5 a.m., cleaned out the milking parlor and then cleaned off his shoes before coming in my house for breakfast. I believe this brief experience helped Tim understand the type of hard work farmers perform on a daily basis,” added Moyer.                                                                                                          

     Hundreds of farmers from across the state attended Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s 68th Annual Meeting at the Hershey Lodge from November 12-14, to set policy for the statewide organization on issues affecting farm and rural families.

      Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.