For Immediate Release: September 14, 2020
Pennsylvania Farmer and Pro Golfer
Joins In Support
(Hershey) – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) raised $45,500 for programs to help the public better understand the story behind our food, fuel and fiber during the 28th Annual Richard Prether Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Golf Classic in Hershey.
Since 1993, the annual fundraiser has generated more than $960,000 for the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, a charitable organization supported by PFB. This year, 92 golfers participated in the Sept. 8 event at Hershey Country Club.
This year, golfers were joined by Rachel Rohanna, a Pennsylvania farmer and LPGA pro golfer, who challenged attendees to a “Beat the Pro” contest fundraiser. Rohanna, a Symetra Tour member and the 2017 Symetra Tour champion, operates a beef farm with her family in Greene County.
The foundation works to increase the public’s understanding of agriculture and the critical role it plays in our daily lives. This is done through programs such as six Mobile Agriculture Education Science Labs and Ag on the Go, which bring hands-on agriculture science lessons directly to schools; Ag Literacy Week, which sends farmers into classrooms across the state to teach students about agriculture; and Educator’s Ag Institute, a weeklong summer program that helps teachers incorporate lessons about agriculture into their curriculum.
“Agriculture touches all of our lives each day. That’s why farmers believe it’s so important that the public—and especially the next generation—have factual information about how food is produced,” said PFB President Rick Ebert, who also serves as the foundation’s chairman. “Money raised from this golf tournament helps the foundation accomplish that through its important mission: ‘Planting seeds. Cultivating knowledge. Harvesting an understanding of agriculture.’ Thank you to all the sponsors and golfers for supporting the foundation’s efforts.”
The foundation has taken innovative approaches to delivering its programming this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ag Literacy Week and Educator’s Ag Institute were held virtually, and the foundation is promoting resources for students to learn about agriculture online. The foundation is also working with school districts to deliver its agriculture science lessons in the format that best suits schools’ needs.
“The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the importance of increasing awareness and understanding of agriculture,” Ebert continued. “When the pandemic disrupted the food supply chain this spring, we saw a surge of interest from consumers in buying local food and learning more about how their food makes the journey from farm to table. The foundation’s educational mission is so critical because helps the public have a factual and accurate understanding of the story behind their food.”
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization,
representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.