Featured photo: Bill and Mollie Geise of Northumberland County receive the Distinguished Local Affairs Leader Award from Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) President Rick Ebert (left) during PFB’s 65th Annual Meeting.

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) has selected Bill and Mollie Geise of Northumberland County as the 2015 recipients of the Distinguished Local Affairs Leader Award during PFB’s 65th Annual Meeting in Hershey.

The award recognizes an outstanding individual or couple, whose local affairs efforts and activities have helped solve problems and improve rural living for county Farm Bureau members.

“We believed early on in our lives that it was very important to get involved with Farm Bureau and our local community.  In doing so, we worked with others to bring about positive changes affecting agriculture and increase Farm Bureau membership, while developing lifelong friendships,” said Bill Geise, who along with his wife Mollie, have been involved in farming for six decades, during which they’ve raised hogs, crops and operated a farm stand, which became known as the place to buy the best sweet corn in Northumberland County.

Bill Geise has a long history of involvement with PFB, serving on the State Board of Directors for eight years and as President of the Northumberland County Farm Bureau.  He also was involved in multiple committees at the state and county level and continues to serve as chairman of the Northumberland County Agriculture Preservation Board.  In addition, Bill played an instrumental role in helping townships establish agriculture security areas, which is a crucial first step to making farmland preservation a reality.

Meanwhile, Mollie Geise held many roles in the local Farm Bureau as well, including working as county Information Director, Newsletter Editor, board secretary and a member of the Women’s Leadership Committee.

“Bill and Mollie have done an outstanding job representing agriculture and Northumberland County farmers.  They truly are a farm couple that has been involved in the community, working to improve the quality of life for farmers and the general public,” said PFB Rick Ebert.  “They also have a love of farming that has been cultivated over decades of working with animals and the land and are deserving of this prestigious award.”