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Newpher Endowment Scholarship

Mark O’Neill, Media Relations Director, 510 S. 31st Street , Camp Hill, PA 17001  (717) 761-2740 or E-mail

For Immediate Release: November 16, 2011

PA Farm Bureau Honors Richard “Dick” Newpher with Endowed Scholarship


Mr. and Mrs. Richard Newpher. Click on photo for high res image.

(Hershey) – In honor of his 38 years of service to Farm Bureau, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) has established the Richard W. Newpher Farm Bureau Endowed Scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

Newpher, who served for 13 years as the administrative secretary-treasurer of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, accepted the honor during PFB’s 61st Annual Meeting in Hershey, where farmers are considering resolutions and setting new policies for the organization.

“Policy development is the most fun part and the most needed part of Farm Bureau.  The best people to speak for agriculture are the ones who work in it,” said Richard Newpher.

Newpher recently retired as the executive vice president of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), where he led their staff in its implementation of all programs and activities for the organization and served as treasurer of AFBF and its affiliated companies.  Prior to that, Newpher served 12 years as the executive director of public policy for AFBF.  At PFB, Newpher served as manager of governmental relations, and director of commodity programs, local affairs, political education and national relations.  He started his career with PFB as a regional director.

“I think what really helped Dick become a very effective leader is he started out in the field, and he had a very good knowledge of what a voluntary grassroots organization is and how it can be effective and the best way to work with the volunteer leaders.  Dick's professionalism and his dedication to Farm Bureau, both in Pennsylvania and at the American Farm Bureau has helped both organizations become very effective in what they are today,” said PFB President Carl T. Shaffer.

The goal for the endowment is $100,000, which is well on the way to be fully funded. Contributions from PFB, the American Farm Bureau Federation and American Agricultural Insurance Company already total more than $84,000.  Once fully funded, the University of Pennsylvania will award a $5,000 scholarship each year, in perpetuity, to a student studying large animal medicine.

Anyone interested in contributing to the scholarship fund may send a check to the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, ATTN: Pennsylvania Friends of Ag Foundation, P.O. Box 8736, Camp Hill, PA 17001.  The checks should be made payable to Pennsylvania Friends of Ag Foundation with a notation on the check designating the contribution for the Newpher/Penn Vet Scholarship.

Hundreds of farmers from across the state attended Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s 61st Annual Meeting at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center from November 14-16, 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 more than 53,000 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.




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