Mark O’Neill, Media and Strategic Communications Director

510 S. 31st Street , Camp Hill, PA 17001  717.761.2740 Email • @pfbmediaone

For Immediate Release:  June 18, 2019


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The Richard Prether Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Golf Classic raised more than $47,000 to support agricultural education programs. Accepting the mock check from Pennsylvania Farm Bureau chief administrative officer Sam Kieffer (left) are PFB president Rick Ebert and Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation executive director Charlene Shupp Espenshade.
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Juniata County farmer Chris Hoffman, who also serves as PFB vice president, attempts to sink a putt while participating in the Richard Prether Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Golf Classic in Hershey. The event raised more than $47,000 to support agricultural education programs across Pennsylvania.


(Hershey) – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) raised $47,275 to help support agricultural education and awareness programs during the 27th Annual Richard Prether Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Golf Classic in Hershey.


Since 1993, the fundraising event has generated more than $916,000 in total contributions to the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, which is a charitable organization supported by PFB.  The foundation funds a variety of projects, including six Mobile Agriculture Education Science Labs, the “Ag on the Go” program and the weeklong Educator’s Ag Institute, which includes seminars, farm tours and educational materials for teachers, who work with students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. 


“Pennsylvania farmers passionately believe that children across the state should learn about farming, the environment, nutrition and where their food comes from. Money raised from the golf tournament helps the foundation achieve those goals,” said PFB President Rick Ebert, who also serves as foundation chairman. “The foundation also provides agriculture training for teachers and encourages them to include accurate information about food and farming in their classroom curriculum.”


Farm Bureau expressed thanks to the golf classic sponsors for their contributions.


“Our educational outreach programs are extremely popular, but they require a tremendous amount of financial support to keep them running. Fundraising events such as the golf tournament help us bring our mobile science labs to Pennsylvania schools and fund additional educational outreach programs spearheaded by our foundation,” concluded Ebert.


Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization,
representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.