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Butler County farmer Sidney Schiever has been selected the winner of the Distinguished Local Affairs Leader Award by Pennsylvania Farm Bureau during the farm organization's 66th Annual Meeting in Hershey. Attached is a news release with details.
Sidney Schiever Biographical Video

For Immediate Release:  November 15, 2016

(Hershey) – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) has selected Sidney Schiever of Harmony, Butler County as the 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Local Affairs Leader Award during PFB’s 66th Annual Meeting in Hershey.

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

  “Sidney has done an outstanding job representing agriculture and Farm Bureau over a long history of involvement in his community,” said PFB President Rick Ebert.  “He has been extremely involved in the legislative process and 0 years on the Butler County Farm Bureau, including as President, Membership Committee member, Board Director and Local Government Affairs Coordinator.

     “I think it’s very important that we, as farmers, keep in contact with lawmakers to let them know who we are and what we do.  We need policymakers to understand how legislation and other issues involving agriculture can impact farmers, food production and the state’s economy,” said Sidney Schiever.

     Farm Bureau notes that Schiever has been involved in a variety of projects over the years, including organizing Butler County Farm Bureau members to participate in annual visits to the State Legislative Conference in Harrisburg and the National Legislative Conference in Washington D.C.  He’s also played a key role in organizing summer picnics and the county Farm Bureau’s legislative farm tours.  

     “The farm tours have been well attended and have helped lawmakers register a name and a face to a farmer, so the lawmakers are more likely to respond when he or she receives a phone call from a farmer to discuss issues affecting agriculture,” added Schiever, who was also instrumental in establishing “Ag Security Areas” throughout Butler County.

      Throughout his career, Schiever has enlightened lawmakers, including urban politicians, about the positive influence and impact farming and other agriculture businesses have on local economies.

      Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with a volunteer membership of nearly 62,000 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.