Top Commodities: Dairy/Milk, Fruits, Hay, Horticulture, Vegetables
County Farm Bureau Information
Honesdale FFA Presentation
The Honesdale FFA presented the topic of “Fracking” to the directors as practice for the National Ag Issues Forum Competition in October. Each student represented a different member of the community, both for and against drilling for natural gas. They fielded questions from the board which added to their knowledge of the issue.
Farm Bureau Awards Scholarships
The Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau is proud to announce the recipients of the “Agriculture, The Heart of a Growing Wayne-Pike County” Scholarship.
The winners were chosen on the basis of academic achievement, agriculture experience, career goals, extra-curricular activities and community service. An essay question asked the students to describe how the agricultural industry enhances the quality of life for the residents of Wayne and Pike Counties.
Each of these students was awarded a check for $1000 to assist them with college expenses such as tuition, books and supplies.
The Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau congratulates all of these students and wishes them the best in their future endeavors.
The board of directors wishes to thank Turano Insurance and all the other sponsors of this program who make this scholarship possible.
To read more about each scholar and a list of our generous sponsors click here.
Ag Day at the Fairgrounds
Photo left: The Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau focused on “Safety” for their display at Ag Day. This simulator exhibited the dangers of working near a running PTO shaft. Jim Barbour demonstrates how quickly a person can be injured by leaving a machine running while off the tractor.
Photo right: Stan Bialecki was available to answer questions at the Farm Bureau booth.
National Ag Day
Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau marked National Ag Day by recognizing the first baby born on that day. In the wee hours of March 22, 2022, Justin Lancaster, Jr. was born to proud parents, Nicole and Justin Lancaster, Sr.
The Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee presented the happy family with a basket containing a baby blanket and diapers, as well as some locally produced farm products such as maple syrup, honey and various cheeses.
National Ag Day is celebrated each year in recognition of the essential role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products for our use. Everything we eat, use or wear each day is provided to us through some form of agriculture.
Caption: Mr. & Mrs. Lancaster with son, Justin.
Farm Bureau Promotes Ag Literacy
Ag Literacy Week, a program sponsored by PA Farm Bureau, was celebrated throughout the state from March 14 – 18. In Wayne and Pike Counties, approximately 90 classrooms of K – 2nd grade students took part.
Volunteers from several local agriculture organizations treated the children to a reading of My Family’s Soybean Farm. Written by Katie Olthoff with illustrations by Joe Hox, the book details the day to day activities on a soybean farm. The story highlights how plants grow, the nutrients they need to grow and the methods by which they are harvested.
Following the reading, students participated in a learning activity related to the story. The volunteer readers donated a book to each classroom so they may be enjoyed again and again.
Caption: Volunteer Maureen Mouton reads to a Kindergarten class at the Damascus Elementary School.
Spring Scholarship Dinner
Saturday, April 09, 2022 7:00 PM
Park Street Complex, Honesdale, PA
Lester Stinnard of Market 13 will cater a roast beef and fried chicken dinner.
Cost: $20 per person
Reservations: Joyce Carson 570-226-3864
RSVP by: Friday, April 1, 2022.
Scholarships will be awarded at this meeting.
Students Receive Jackets
Students from the Honesdale FFA received their official blue corduroy jackets from the Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau on February 8.
A total of eight jackets were sponsored by county Farm Bureaus; five from Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau and three from Susquehanna County Farm Bureau.
Left to right: FFA Advisor, Kayla Pohle; Channing Rutledge, Jeremy Howey, Paige Gries, Jeanine Busnel, Sydney Roberts and Tim Jaggars, Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau President. Absent from photo and receiving jackets from Susquehanna County Farm Bureau are: Alex Hiller, Kara Fries and Olyvea Burke.
A cooperative effort between the Western Wayne National Honor Society and the Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau yielded a $1000 donation to the Honesdale Emergency Pantry.
This pantry works with local agencies such as VIP and Area Agency on Aging, to provide emergency supplies to families in urgent need. They operate with donations only, kindly given by churches, organizations and caring individuals.
National Honor Society students collected approximately $800 worth of non-perishable food items for Farm Bureau’s Farmers Care program.
To those items, the Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau added a check for $200 to assist volunteers in purchasing needed supplies that typically run low.
The Farmers Care program recognizes the commitment of farmers to producing healthy and affordable food for our communities.
Left to right: Zoey Goldman, Western Wayne Senior; Carole Grodack, Farmers Care Coordinator; Sharon Herzog, Pantry Director; Mary Murray, Pantry Volunteer and Joyce Carson, Farm Bureau Secretary.
Librarians Receive Farm-tastic Books
The Farm-tastic book of 2022 is Barn at Night written by Michelle Houts and beautifully illustrated by Jen Betton.
The book depicts a peaceful winter scene before dawn with a father and daughter arriving at the barn to care for their animals. A rhyming verse follows the pair as they work together feeding each different type of animal in the barn and finding a surprise new arrival in the hay.
In pursuit of their mission to provide ag accurate books to children, the Wayne-Pike Farm Bureau recently donated this book to all public libraries and elementary schools in Wayne and Pike Counties.
Standing – Jenny Snyder, Pleasant Mount Library; Betty Lawson, Children’s Librarian for the Wayne County Public Library and Allison Mowatt, Northern Wayne Library.
Seated – Joyce Carson, Farm Bureau Secretary; Tracy Schwarz, Wayne Library Alliance and Bonnie LaTourette, Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Chair. Missing from the photo: Kate Baxter, Bethany Public Library; Kristina Russo, Newfoundland Public Library; Amy Keane, Hawley Public Library and Lynn Scramuzza, Hamlin Community Library
PFB Honors Dave Williams
Wayne County’s own, Dave Williams, was presented with the Barn Raiser Award at the PA Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Hershey.
The Barn Raiser Award has only been given out 14 times in 71 years. It recognizes individuals who have devoted a lifetime of exemplary service advocating for PA agriculture. Through his local radio show, his programs on RFD-TV and his newest affiliation with the PCN television network, Dave has spent 20 years telling the story of agriculture and introducing us to the people who live it day in and day out.
The Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau applauds Dave’s achievement and is grateful for his dedicated leadership in the ag community.
Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau Holds Farm Tour
Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau recently held a Legislative Farm Tour at the Paupack Blueberry Farm in Pike County. Owners Bobby and Carol Morgan walked participants through the blueberry fields while explaining the particulars of blueberry production on their U-pick operation.
Pictured left to right: Chester Grodack, Bob Rutledge, Commissioner Brian Smith, Carole Grodack, Representative Jonathan Fritz, Commissioner Jocelyn Cramer, Commissioner Joe Adams, Bobby & Carol Morgan, Zach Jones, Farm Bureau President Tim Jaggars, Pike County Assistant Planning Director, Jessica Yoder, Karl Eisenhauer and Stan Bialecki.
Monthly meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at the Wayne County Chamber Building on Commercial St. in Honesdale at 7:30 PM.
Reap the Benefits of Farm Bureau Services
There are many statewide benefits to being a Pennsylvania Farm Bureau member. Take advantage of automotive rebates, health insurance packages, just to name a few. In addition, members of the Wayne-Pike County Farm Bureau will be able to use their membership card to take advantage of an extensive list of local county discounts (under W) as well.