Mark O’Neill, Media and Strategic Communications Director
510 S. 31st Street , Camp Hill, PA 17001 • 717.761.2740 • Email • @pfbmediaone
For Immediate Release: November 17, 2017
(Camp Hill) – Robert “Bob” Craft of Mercer County has been elected as a new member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) State Board of Directors. As a representative on the board, Craft will serve on behalf of farmers in the Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer County Farm Bureaus.
Craft grew up on a dairy farm in Washington County. As an adult, he operated a small hog and beef farm in the county, while working full-time off the farm. Over the years, Craft was extremely active in the Washington County Farm Bureau and served as county President and Vice President. Craft now lives in Mercer County and was recently elected Mercer County Farm Bureau President.
Craft said he is looking forward to getting more involved at the state level and hopes to encourage more grassroots participation within his district.
“My position will be as a liaison between the State Board and the county boards and I want to make sure that the liaison position is strong and that I encourage more involvement and leadership from the county level,” said Bob Craft.
Craft was nominated by caucuses of county Farm Bureaus in the 15th district and approved by Farm Bureau voting delegates during PFB’s 67th Annual Meeting in Hershey.
Craft succeeds Donald Koontz of Mercer County, who represented PFB’s District 15 on the state board since 2009. Koontz reached tenure after serving on the state board for eight consecutive years.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with a volunteer membership of more than 62,000 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.