More than 350 farmers from across the Commonwealth converged on Harrisburg to participate in Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s State Legislative Conference and meet with members of the General Assembly to discuss priority issues affecting farm families, including the need to restore funding in the state budget for the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (PennVET).

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State Senator Mike Folmer (left) talks with Lebanon County farmer Steve Wenger about critical issues affecting farmers and the agriculture industry during Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s State Legislative Conference in Harrisburg.  Wenger and more than 350 other farmers met with members of the state General Assembly during office visits and PFB’s State Legislative Conference Luncheon.

Northumberland County dairy farmer Gary Truckenmiller chats with State Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver (right) during Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s State Legislative Conference.  Truckenmiller was among more than 350 farmers from across the Commonwealth who met with members of the state General Assembly to discuss pressing issues impacting state agriculture.

   
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State Attorney General Josh Shapiro was the keynote speaker during Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s State Legislative Conference in Harrisburg.  Shapiro talked about a number of issues of interest to Pennsylvania farm families, including efforts to ensure that gas well companies are not allowed to get away with paying leaseholders less than the 12.5% minimum royalty. Also pictured are PFB President Rick Ebert (left) and PFB Vice President Chris Hoffman (right). State Senator Mike Regan (left) hosted a group of farmers, including (left to right) Ed Livingston and Kate Menges of York County and Kent Strock of Cumberland County, who discussed the proposed budget for agriculture and the need for legislation to create a statewide standard for allowing preserved farms to host agritourism activities, as part of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s State Legislative Conference.
   
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Blair County farmer Steve Kensinger and State Representative Judy Ward pose for a photo during Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s State Legislative Conference Luncheon.  As part of the conference, Kensinger and more than 350 other farmers from across the Commonwealth met with members of the state General Assembly to talk about priority issues for 2017, including the need for pension reform. State Senator John DiSanto (left) met with Dauphin County Farm Bureau President Keith Oellig in his Harrisburg office.  Oellig and hundreds of other farmers from across the state visited members of the state General Assembly to discuss a variety of issues important to farm families as part of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s State Legislative Conference.