Mark O’Neill, Media and Strategic Communications Director
For Immediate Release: January 2, 2018
(Camp Hill) – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) is focusing on children and families in its exhibit area at the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show, with an interactive game of hopscotch, free animal visors for youngsters and a photo booth. In addition, PFB will provide information and an opportunity to discuss key agricultural issues with staff manning the exhibit area from January 6-13 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.
“The Farm Show provides a festive atmosphere where people of all ages can learn about agriculture and the people who produce the food they eat,” said PFB President Rick Ebert. “At the same time, farming is a serious business with many challenges facing the viability of farm families. We encourage farm show visitors to start conversations with farmers to learn more about what they do, why they do it and the challenges they face.”
Farm Bureau’s educational charitable organization, the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, will encourage children to take part in the interactive hopscotch activity, which includes farmer videos. Foundation staff will also hand out a variety of animal-themed visors (cows, sheep, beef cattle, pigs, bees and chickens) inside PFB’s exhibit area, which is located at booth 213 in the Exposition Hall near the main Food Court. In addition, a photo booth with a farm backdrop will be available for family pictures.
Meanwhile, representatives of Farm Bureau’s Government Affairs and Communications Division will be on hand to answer questions about current issues impacting Pennsylvania agriculture.
“Farm families play a major role in agriculture’s success across Pennsylvania by producing quality food for consumers, supporting jobs within local communities and bolstering the state’s economy,” added Ebert. “We relish the opportunity to meet with people, who typically have limited or no contact with farmers.”
In addition, a representative from pfbSOLUTIONS will be available to talk about the new Farm Bureau venture, which provides full-service IT solutions to businesses. Meanwhile, PFB’s Membership Division will be located at booth 403 in the North Hall. Visitors can learn about member benefits for farmers and non-farmers, and register to win a variety of prizes, including a free two-year lease on a new Ford F-150 truck.
Farm Bureau also encourages visitors to stop by the area of the Farm Show Complex where live animals are housed. Often, visitors have a chance to talk with farm kids and other children involved with FFA and 4-H programs, who dedicate a lot of their time and energy raising and caring for animals taking part in various competitions during the Farm Show.
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 the state.