Mark O’Neill, Media and Strategic Communications Director
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For Immediate Release: November 14, 2016
|Susquehanna County farmer Michelene “Mickey” Klim (right) receives the Outstanding Woman in Agriculture Award from Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee Chair Lisa Wherry during PFB’s 66th Annual Meeting in Hershey.|
|Michelene "Micky" Klim Biographical Video|
(Hershey) – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s (PFB) Women’s Leadership Committee has selected Susquehanna County farmer Michelene “Mickey” Klim as the recipient of the Outstanding Woman in Agriculture Award during the state’s largest farm organization’s 66th Annual Meeting in Hershey.
Klim was raised on a dairy farm and has been involving in farming for decades. At age 23, she acquired 20 cows to start her own small herd, but within the next three years, Klim and her husband (Rick) were running a 200-cow dairy and tending to 400 acres of hay, corn and alfalfa.
“I liked the life of being a dairy farmer. I love being outside; and it was just a perfect life tending to dairy cows, milking the cows and overall being involved in running a farm,” said Mickey Klim. “I did what my heart told me to do and I have had a pretty good life.”
Promoting agriculture, farm families and rural life has been a longtime priority throughout Klim’s life. She has been heavily involved in Farm Bureau, and has been a board director on the Susquehanna County Farm Bureau since 1996, currently holds the position of secretary. Klim, who chairs the county’s Dairy Commodities Committee, partners with the Women’s Leadership Committee to promote dairy events. In addition, Klim spent 10 years on the county Farm Bureau’s National Legislative Committee and has been a member of the State Legislative Committee the past three years.
“The best part of meeting with lawmakers in Washington and Harrisburg is that you get to tell them your own story and specifically how some laws affect farmers, or how legislation they are looking to pass or vote against, could impact farmers,” added Klim.
Klim stepped away from milking cows and doing other physical work on the farm following an injury in 2010, but she continues to contribute by doing paperwork, cooking and watching grandchildren on the multi-generation farm.
“Mickey is not only an outstanding woman in agriculture, she is also an outstanding person, who has spent countless hours educating the public about agriculture through speeches and everyday conversations,” said PFB President Rick Ebert. “I’m proud to recognize Mickey as Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s second recipient of the Outstanding Woman in Agriculture Award.”
Klim also earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work studying grief counseling. The death of her four-year-old son back in 1988 was a catalyst for her to pursue a college degree and eventually a master’s degree.
“Getting the education not only helped me become more focused, it also helped me do a better job running the farm and eventually moved me toward getting much more involved in Farm Bureau,” concluded Klim.
Hundreds of farmers from across the state attended Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s 66th Annual Meeting 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 nearly 62,000 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.