Columbia County farmer Carl T. Shaffer has been re-elected president of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB), the state's largest farm organization. Voting delegates from PFB's 54 county farm bureaus elected Shaffer to a fifth consecutive, two-year term during PFB's 62nd Annual Meeting in Hershey.
"I'm honored to represent Pennsylvania farmers here in the commonwealth and nationally as a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation's executive committee. I'm also proud to lead an organization in which the grassroots efforts of our farmers set the tone for successful campaigns that benefit all of agriculture," said Shaffer.
Shaffer, who grows corn, soybeans and wheat in Mifflinville, Columbia County, has served as PFB president since November 2004, and was vice president of the organization from 1996 up until his election as president.
Shaffer noted that Pennsylvania Farm Bureau set an all-time high in membership in 2012 and that the strength of the organization continues to be farmers working together to solve problems impacting agriculture.
"Pennsylvania farmers are deeply invested in their future. Despite the long hours farmers put into their daily operations, they also allot time to get out into the community, meeting with public officials, local residents and others who are interesting in learning about the role agriculture plays in their lives," concluded Shaffer.
Hundreds of farmers from across the state attended Pennsylvania Farm Bureau's 62nd Annual Meeting at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center from November 12-14, to set policy for the statewide organization on issues affecting farm and rural families.