Mark O’Neill, Media and Strategic Communications Director
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For Immediate Release: February 28, 2017
(Camp Hill) – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) announced the retirement of longtime Administrative Secretary Louis “Lou” Sallie and the hiring of Sam Kieffer as his successor. Sallie spent the past 25 years as PFB Administrative Secretary, while Kieffer has served as manager of PFB’s Government Affairs and Communication division over the past four years.
When you take into account his employment as an area director for the Northeast with the American Farm Bureau Federation and his job as director of member relations for the New York Farm Bureau, Sallie has spent more than 42 years working for Farm Bureau.
“My whole time with Farm Bureau has been on the organization side, working with volunteers,” said Sallie. “Our grassroots members are so vital to this organization. It has been a privilege to work for them, because they are the strength of farm bureau.”
Among his numerous responsibilities, Sallie was directly responsible for providing timely and critical information to members of PFB’s State Board of Directors, including the president of the state’s largest farm organization.
“Lou has been a strong leader and advisor over the years. He has helped me and many other farmer members navigate through a variety of complex issues and difficult situations associated with agriculture. His guidance and strong commitment to the mission of Farm Bureau will be missed,” said PFB President Rick Ebert. “Personally, I appreciate how Lou helped me grow professionally. He was a true mentor throughout my career going back to when I was starting out as a young farmer, working my way through the Young Farmer and Rancher committee, as a member of the state Board of Directors, as PFB Vice President and now as President.”
Sallie also worked as administrator of PFB’s charitable organization, the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation. During his tenure, the foundation created and expanded the Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab program, which reached a major milestone in 2016, when it welcomed its 1,000,000th student inside a lab for a lesson.
“The growth of the foundation and its various programs has made a huge difference in helping our farmers reach some long-term goals of educating children and non-farmers about agriculture and the role farmers play in their daily lives,” added Sallie.
Meanwhile, Kieffer previously held two other positions with PFB since joining the organization in 2005, working as Federal Government Affairs Director and as a Regional Organization Director. “Having grown up in a Farm Bureau family, I am humbled to take on this new role. Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is an amazing organization with a rich heritage, a long list of accomplishments and a member-driven mission that will stand the test of time,” said Kieffer. “As the world continues to change, Farm Bureau’s mission and values remain relevant.”
Kieffer, who was a former logistics officer in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and serves on the Pennsylvania FFA Foundation Board of Trustees, says dedicated farmer volunteers and a talented professional staff are the key to future success.
“We have many opportunities in the coming years to grow our membership, enhance our programs and add to our services. I’m excited about Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s future and am committed to serving Pennsylvania’s farm and rural families,” concluded Kieffer.
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 the state. ###