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|David Bentrem - YF&R Committee Chair|
|David Kimmel - Indiana County|
|Jack Post - Crawford County|
|David Snook - Clinton County|
For Immediate Release: December 13, 2016
(Camp Hill) – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) is welcoming four new members to the organization’s State Board of Directors following their elections during PFB’s 66th Annual Meeting in Hershey. Joining the state board are David Bentrem of Washington County, David Kimmel of Indiana County, Jack Post of Crawford County and David Snook of Clinton County.
Bentrem, who owns Three D Ranch LLC in Paris, Hanover Township, where he raises cattle and sells grass-fed beef directly to the public and businesses, joins the state board after being elected chairman of the state Young Farmer and Rancher Committee (YF&R).
Bentrem is also a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s YF&R Committee and previously served a one-year term as chair of PFB’s YF&R Committee in 2015.
“I believe my previous experience as chair of the Young Farmer and Rancher Committee and my current role with AFBF will be a huge asset, because I have a better understanding of the unique challenges facing young farmers and more insight into opportunities available for young farmers,” said David Bentrem.
Bentrem replaces Don Buckman of Bucks County, who reached the maximum age limit for YF&R committee members.
Kimmel is a second generation farmer, who owns a dairy farm in Plumville, in partnership with his brother Michael. They also grow corn, soybeans and alfalfa to feed their cows and sell on the open market.
Kimmel will serve on behalf of farmers in the Cambria, Clearfield and Indiana County Farm Bureaus. He has been an active member of the Indiana County Farm Bureau for about 15 years, serving in a variety of roles, including county Farm Bureau President and Vice President.
“Farms of all sizes and commodities are facing challenges in order to remain economically viable. We need to constantly work on addressing those challenges, so agriculture is not only productive now, but for future generations as well,” said David Kimmel.
Kimmel succeeds Cambria County farmer Marty Yahner, who reached the tenure limit of eight consecutive years on the board, representing PFB’s District 12.
Retired dairy farmer Jack Post of Crawford County will serve on behalf of farmers in the Crawford, Erie and Warren County Farm Bureaus on PFB’s State Board of Directors.
Post, who is a graduate of Penn State, farmed in partnership with his father for nearly 40 years before retiring in 2012. Currently, he is self-employed as a dairy and beef artificial insemination technician.
“With my many years of experience as a dairy farmer, I believe I have something to offer. I know how farmers think and what they are going through on a daily basis. I’ve been through the bad times and feel for those farmers who are struggling with low commodity prices,” said Jack Post.
Post has been a member of the Crawford County Farm Bureau for decades, and years ago held several key roles, including county Farm Bureau President and Vice President.
Post succeeds dairy farmer Robert Waddell of Crawford County, who represented PFB’s District 14 on the board since May 2011. Waddell did not seek re-election.
Clinton County dairy farmer David Snook will represent farmers in the Centre, Clinton and Lycoming County Farm Bureaus on the state board.
Snook, who owns a dairy farm near Loganton, raises nearly 50 cows and grows forages to feed his animals. He also sells dairy supplies to other milk producers in the region.
Snook has been a member of the Clinton County Farm Bureau since 1978 and has served in just about every capacity, including county President, Vice President and Government Relations Director. He’s also a member of the county’s state and national legislative committees and a regional environmental coordinator.
“I’m extremely interested in what Farm Bureau does legislatively. We are the watchdogs for environmental issues, and we need to remain active to make sure that proposed regulations don’t threaten the livelihood of farmers or put us out of business,” said David Snook.
Snook succeeds Donn Fetterolf of Centre County, who represented PFB’s District 6 on the board over the past six years.
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.