Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Rick Ebert has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Farm Bureau Federation.  The election took place during AFBF’s 97th Annual Meeting in Orlando, where Ebert attended the meeting as one of PFB’s four voting delegates.

Ebert, who is a full-time dairy farmer from Westmoreland County, will represent 12 Northeast Region states on the AFBF Board, including Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to represent Northeast states on the AFBF board.  Pennsylvania is truly a diverse agricultural state, where farmers produce a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, meats and other food,” said PFB President Rick Ebert.  “Farmers in the Northeast and New England have unique interests and experiences and can play an important role when interacting with our elected officials.”

The board of directors is responsible for the governance of the American Farm Bureau, primarily through approving initiatives that help carry out the policy approved by the voting delegates, interpreting policy when needed, overseeing the federation’s budget and other financial operations.

“As I look to the future of Farm Bureau, I see an ever growing need for an all-hands-on-deck approach to public policy and consumer engagement,” added Ebert.  “Pennsylvania Farm Bureau has led successful efforts at building consumer confidence in the men and women of agriculture.  We believe farmers have to tell their stories about the challenges they face, the opportunities they have and how they are caretakers of their animals and land.  I’m looking forward to bringing that perspective to the AFBF Board of Directors.”