Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) has eclipsed the 61,000 member mark for the first time in the 65-year history of the statewide farmer-run organization.  PFB added 1,642 total members over the past year to reach an all-time membership high of 61,406.  As a result of the membership increase, PFB qualified for the American Farm Bureau Federation Navigator Award.

“Farm family volunteers played a major role in helping our organization increase membership for the 18th consecutive year by encouraging others in the agricultural community to join Pennsylvania Farm Bureau,” said PFB President Rick Ebert.  “It is farmers who know firsthand how Farm Bureau works to solve and prevent problems for agriculture.  They also understand how the organization gets results through its volunteer members, who contribute their valuable time working in numerous roles at the county, state and national level.”

PFB noted that a growing membership and the true grassroots involvement of farmers makes Farm Bureau all the more influential when presenting a unified message to policymakers at the state and national level.

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau also aggressively represents agriculture as a member of dozens of government advisory boards and industry groups.

“Our comprehensive work agenda encompasses all of agriculture, including  protecting the use of acceptable farm practices, promoting initiatives to strengthen farm income and increasing outreach and conversations with consumers who buy our food and use our products,” concluded Ebert.