Mains Honored for His Local Efforts

Cumberland County grain farmer Richard “Dick” Mains has an extensive history of involvement with Farm Bureau.

But he counts his greatest victory in securing funding for the first Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab. Over the years, Mains has continued to support the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation as the Ag Lab program has grown.

“It is probably the best project I have ever been involved in,” he said.

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau named Mains the 2013 Distinguished Local Affairs Leader Award because of his leadership and dedication. Mains received his award at PFB’s 63rd Annual Meeting in Hershey.

The award recognizes a county Farm Bureau member whose efforts and activities have helped solve problems and improve rural living for county Farm Bureau members.

“Dick has been involved in many roles during his decades of service within Farm Bureau.  He has run an extremely successful farming operation over the years and despite the challenges involved in farming, he has taken time to get involved with youngsters through FFA,” said PFB President Carl T. Shaffer.  “His work in promoting our Ag Science Labs is unparalleled.”

Throughout his farming career, Mains has been an advocate of the grassroots nature of Farm Bureau and the importance of being involved at the local level.

Mains has held numerous positions in the Cumberland County Farm Bureau, including serving as president. He also represented the area as a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau State Board of Directors.

During his time on the State Board, Mains was involved in the early efforts to establish the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, a charitable organization supported by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.
He also led the fundraising efforts in his region to secure enough money to pay for the first Ag Lab.

Mains continues to focus on education, acting as an advisor to his local FFA Chapter. More than 15 years ago, when the local school board was considering significantly scaling-back on agriculture education, Mains and other farmers successfully advocated for the district to keep the program. 

Mains was thankful to have been nominated for the Distinguished Local Affairs Leader Award, and humbled to have been chosen.

“I really am proud that I was considered,” he said. “But I know there are a lot of other people that probably are more worthy of it.”