Top Commodities: Dairy/Milk, Fruits, Hay, Horticulture, Vegetables
County Farm Bureau Information
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.
Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau Awards Scholarships
The Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau is pleased to announce the seven recipients of the “Agriculture, the Heart of Wayne/Pike County” scholarship. Each of the recipients received a check for $1000 to assist them with their college expenses such as tuition, books and supplies.
Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau is proud to support these outstanding young people as we wish them well in their college experience.
The Farm Bureau would also like to thank all of the individuals and local businesses who helped to sponsor this program, especially Turano Insurance & Financial for their generous donation.
2021 Scholarship Recipients:
FFA Students Awarded
These ten Honesdale FFA students are the proud recipients of FFA’s trademark blue corduroy jackets. These jackets were generously donated by the Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau, the Susquehanna County Farm Bureau and the Beech Grove Grange.
Pictured left to right, back row – Caleb Bryant, Peter Modrosky, Daniel Gager, Carter Kennedy, Drew Rutledge and Melanie Swendsen.
Front row – Lily Pryzant, Amanda Kuta, Courtney Crum, Alexandria Terranova and Tim Jaggars, Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau President.
Farm Bureau Hosts Legislators
Members of the Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau Legislative Committee met with Representative Jonathan Fritz and Representative Mike Peifer in President Tim Jaggars’ new greenhouse on April 22.
Their discussion was centered around Farm Bureau issues and included the need for more funding for conservation projects in this northeast corner of the state.
One topic in the local community is the critical need to find employees to help small businesses return to work as the pandemic restrictions are lifted. This particular matter has become a problem statewide. Both representatives are acutely aware of the repercussions of this situation.
From left: Don Salak, Karl Eisenhauer, Bob Rutledge, Legislative Committee Chair; Representative Jonathan Fritz, Zach Jones,
Young Ag Professionals; Representative Mike Peifer, President Tim Jaggars and Christina Salak.
At the Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau Spring Meeting on May 8, President Tim Jaggars (left) presented a plaque to Karl Eisenhauer in honor of his years of dedicated service.
Karl spent ten years as county president and has been instrumental in gaining funding for the organization’s annual scholarship program as well as securing many local discounts to help members save money on purchases.
Through countless hours meeting with legislators, Karl has been a staunch advocate for agriculture and rural living.
Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau is very grateful for Karl’s leadership and dedication.
Rural Roads Safety
Women’s Leadership Chair, Bonnie LaTourette with a Rural Roads Safety display in the Wayne County Public Library.
Drivers should be cautious when they see a “Farmers at Work” sign or a Slow-Moving Vehicle emblem.
Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau would like to remind motorists that farmers are returning to their fields this spring. Large, slow-moving farm equipment will be a common sight on rural roads in Pennsylvania and drivers are asked to use caution and be patient when they approach.
A slow-moving vehicle emblem (an orange triangle with a red border) is located on the back of most farm vehicles to tell drivers that this equipment consistently travels at 25 mph or less.
Motorists are asked to reduce their speed and only pass when it is safe to do so. By working together, both farmers and motorists can insure a safe planting and harvest season.
In a combined effort, the Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau and the Western Wayne National Honor Society collected over $1500 worth of non-perishable foods to assist local residents struggling with food insecurity.
The food was taken to the Honesdale Emergency Pantry, which relies on donations to fulfill their mission of helping people in need.
Pictured left to right: Carole Grodack, Farmers Care Chairperson; Sharon Herzog, Pantry Director; and Zoey Goldman, Western Wayne student & Carole’s granddaughter.
Farm Bureau Donates to Libraries
The FARM-tastic Book Program book of the year, “What’s in the Garden?” by Marianne Berkes, was donated to all public libraries in Wayne and Pike counties by the Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau. With colorful illustrations by Cris Arbo, the book makes learning about fruits and vegetables fun. Each page features a different fruit or vegetable followed by a kid-friendly recipe for parents to cook with their child. This book teaches children from kindergarten to grade 4 where their food comes from, how it grows and shows them a simple way to experience the delicious flavor each provides. To further their mission of providing ag-accurate books to schoolchildren, Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau also donated “What’s in the Garden?” to all elementary school libraries in Wayne and Pike counties.
Seated are Farm Bureau President Tim Jaggars and Women’s Leadership Chair, Bonnie LaTourette. Standing Left to Right: Kristina Russo, Newfoundland Public Library; Lynn Scramuzza, Hamlin Community Library; Lauren Jensen, Northern Wayne Community Library and Tracy Schwarz, Wayne County Public Library.
May 8, 2021 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Park Street Complex, Honesdale
There will be a short business meeting regarding changes to the by-laws including a required
increase in the cost of membership dues and a change in terminology with respect
to Associate members.Light refreshments will be provided.
Bonnie LaTourette, Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Chair,
dropped off a bag of farm products at Wayne Memorial Hospital for the McKays.
Farm Bureau Celebrates Ag Day
Wyatt Lenz McKay was born on National Ag Day, March 23, 2021. Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau marked the occasion by providing a bag of locally produced farm products including Shemanski maple syrup, Tuttle Apiary honey and Calkins Creamery cheese to Wyatt’s parents, Gina and Nick McKay. National Ag Day is celebrated each year in recognition that nearly everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis is provided by agriculture. Each American farmer produces enough safe and affordable food to feed at least 165 people. The theme of this year’s Ag Day celebration is “Food Brings Everyone to the Table.”
Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau was honored to receive the “Membership Champs”
banner for being the first county in Region 8 to reach membership goal for 2021.
Accepting the banner at Farm Bureau Day on March 5 were:
Left to right – President Tim Jaggars, Zach Jones, Young Ag Professionals Chair,
Joyce Carson, board member & Bob Rutledge, Vice-President.
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.