Featured photo: Wayne County farmer and popular farm radio host Dave Williams (left) receives the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award from Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) President Rick Ebert. The award is presented to an individual whose dedicated work and service has significantly contributed to the advancement of Pennsylvania agriculture. 

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) presented Dave Williams of Wayne County with the 2015 Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award during the state’s largest farm organization’s 65th Annual Meeting in Hershey.  The award is presented to an individual whose dedicated work and service has significantly contributed to the advancement of Pennsylvania agriculture.

Williams is a vegetable, hay and straw farmer from Honesdale, who served for eight years (2004-2012) on PFB’s State Board of Directors.  Williams, who is a long-time member of the Wayne/Pike County Farm Bureau, is also known as the voice of the Pennsylvania Farm Country Radio Network.

“It is a great honor to receive the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award.  I am a huge supporter of Farm Bureau, its grassroots policy making process and its efforts to secure positive changes for agriculture,” said Dave Williams, who was the 2005 recipient of PFB’s Distinguished Local Affairs Leader Award.

Williams has become somewhat of a celebrity in the farming community as host and owner of the Pennsylvania Farm Country Radio Network.  His show is broadcast six days a week on 24 radio stations in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey and he is the Northeast reporter for Rural TV, which is affiliated with RFD-TV.  Williams is also a broadcast council member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters.

“Dave has been a great ambassador for farm families across the state.  His radio show is entertaining and informative and keeps listeners up to date on what is happening on the farm and the industry,” said PFB President Rick Ebert.  “With the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, we appreciate and recognize the vast contributions Dave has made on behalf of farmers and the agricultural community.”

Williams led efforts by the Wayne/Pike County Farm Bureau to sponsor and organize public meetings on the Clean and Green program and also served as chairman of a multi-county cooperative group designed to boost opportunities for agriculture businesses and to heighten the awareness of farming’s significant contributions to the economy of Northeast Pennsylvania.

“I enjoy being involved with people who all have the common goal of promoting agriculture and ensuring that there is a future for the next generation on the farm,” added Williams.