Westmoreland County dairy farmer Richard “Rick” Ebert has been elected President of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB).  Voting delegates from PFB’s 54 county Farm Bureaus selected Ebert, who has served as PFB’s Vice President over the past ten years, as the eighth president of the state’s largest farm organization during PFB’s 64th Annual Meeting in Hershey.

Westmoreland County Dairy Farmer Rick Ebert addresses a roomful of farmers after being elected the new President of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau during the farm organization’s 64th Annual Meeting in Hershey.

Westmoreland County Dairy Farmer Rick Ebert addresses a roomful of farmers after being elected the new President of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau during the farm organization’s 64th Annual Meeting in Hershey.

“I am looking forward to working with all of our members and the county Farm Bureaus, because when we work together, we will exceed our expectations,” said Rick Ebert.

Ebert, who co-owns Will-Mar-Re Farms in Blairsville, has been involved in Pennsylvania Farm Bureau for decades, as a member of the State Board of Directors, State Dairy Committee Chairman, State Policy Development Committee Chair and Vice President.  Earlier in his career, Ebert and his wife Diane were selected the winners of PFB’s Young Farmer & Rancher Achievement Award.

“Pennsylvania farmers face many issues and challenges in the year ahead and I am dedicated to working with farmers, legislators and other stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes for farmers and the agriculture community,” added Ebert.

Ebert succeeds Columbia County farmer Carl T. Shaffer, who served as PFB President for the past ten years.  Mr. Shaffer did not seek re-election.

Meanwhile, the state board of directors has elected Juniata County hog farmer Chris Hoffman as Vice President.  Hoffman, who has served as a member of the state board of directors over the past eight years, will fill out the remaining year of the Vice President’s term, vacated with Ebert’s election as PFB President.

Hundreds of farmers from across the state attended Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s 64th Annual Meeting at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center from November 17-19, to set policy for the statewide organization on issues affecting farm and rural families.

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with a volunteer membership of nearly 60,000 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.