District 1 (Susquehanna, Wayne/Pike, Wyoming/Lackawanna)
570.877.2066 | Dave.Nogan@gmail.com
David Nogan, with his brother Ben and father Jeff, own and operate Applewood Farm and Nogan Supply. Their operation resides in the northeast corner of Lackawanna county. Upon graduating from Penn State, David returned to the operation full time. On the farm they primarily run Angus Cows on the rolling hills of NEPA; while the fields are used for hay, corn and soybeans. The crops are harvested and feed to cattle in a feedyard or sold as a cash crop. The cattle are primarily sold direct to Cargill, Wyalusing or JBS, Souderton in Pennsylvania.
District 2 (Bucks, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton)
District 3 (Berks, Chester/Delaware, Montgomery)
484.883.4051 | firstname.lastname@example.org
District 4 (Columbia, Luzerne, Schuylkill/Carbon)
570-954-7327 | email@example.com
Raleigh and Blakslee Masters live and work in the beautiful Sugarloaf Valley of Luzerne County. Raleigh spends his days on the 2,000 acre grain & potato farm that has been owned and operated by his wife’s family for four generations. Raleigh & Blakslee are proud to call the farm ‘home’ and are even prouder to raise their son on the land and take part in the transition of it to another generation. In addition to farming, Blakslee runs a small horse boarding business and the couple operate three distinct locations on the property for AirBNB rentals which helps to introduce many guests over the course of the year to a day in the life of a farm family. Raleigh is passionate about many things, including precision agriculture, welding, and river kayaking. Blakslee is, of course, passionate about horses, environmental stewardship and fostering great relationships with people near and far.
District 5 (Bradford/Sullivan, McKean/Potter, Tioga)
Ryan & Jodi Calkins
860-944-2934 | JoRyCalk@gmail.com
Ryan & Jodi Calkins operate a 65 cow dairy. Ryan also works in the natural gas industry. The couple has two children and all four family members were born in different states!
District 6 (Centre, Clinton, Lycoming)
District 7 (Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Union)
District 8 (Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, York)
717.875.3663 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtney grew up on a 200 cow dairy farm in Loganton, Pennsylvania. By growing up on her farm, Courtney has a strong passion for Agriculture. She continued her education at the Pennsylvania State University, receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness Management. She currently works for Murray Securus, an insurance agency based in Lancaster – where her focus is on Farm and Agribusiness insurance sales. Her goal in the YF&R Program is to help young farmers better themselves through education and leadership programs.
District 9 (Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton)
717-729-0028 | TylerFunk90@gmail.com
Tyler currently works primarily on his family’s Dairy Farm in Mercersburg, Franklin County. They are currently milking 70 cows and farming about 350 acres. He also works part time for Genex Cooperative as an Artificial Insemination Technician in Franklin County and parts of Maryland. He is a 2014 graduate of Penn State with a degree in Agribusiness Management. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar and watching Penn State sporting events.
Paige works full time on her family's dairy farm, Walnutdale Farms. They milk 56 Holsteins and a couple of her show cows. She handles everything from milking, to calves, to fieldwork, although her father refers to her as the herd manager. When needed in maple season, She helps with the maple syrup production from their 1,500 vacuum taps. She also works part time with Allied Milk Producers' Cooperative. Her title is Accounts Manager, but with a staff of two she's often doing more than just financials! If she's not on the farm or with Allied, you can find her out doing something! Mountain biking, snowmobiling, or at cow shows with her cattle, her 4-H kids cattle, or helping another string are good possibilities!
District 12 (Cambria, Clearfield, Indiana)
Marcia O'Connor Itle
814.931.8675 | MItle39@gmail.com
Marcia's passion for agriculture is deep-rooted and goes further than just being involved in Farm Bureau. Her background involves growing up and working on her family dairy farm and creamery, Vale Wood Farms, in Loretto, PA. Her experience on the farm lead her to want to follow her dreams and pursue a degree in Animal Science focusing on dairy production and nutrition at Penn State University. Upon graduation Marcia started her career in sales where she is now a Territory Sales Manager for Feed Components, covering the northeast. She enjoys helping on her family farm as much as possible with their consumer education events. In addition for her love of the farm, and sales, Marcia is also an avid runner, hunter, enjoys riding dirt bikes, skiing, hiking and describes her biggest achievement as qualifying for and running in the Boston Marathon. Marcia and her husband, Justin now live in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.
District 13 (Armstrong, Clarion/Venango/Forest, Elk, Jefferson)
724.301.4278 | email@example.com
Josh and Allison Beichner are from Shippenville, Clarion County. Josh farms with his father, uncle and cousin on the family’s 4th generation dairy farm that was established in 1909. Prior to returning home in the spring of 2016, Josh was employed by Case New Holland as a Combine Field Test Engineer where he spent 6 years working with emerging technology and prototype machines throughout the Mid-West, East Coast, Canada and Australia. Allison is originally from Mercer County and works for Hy-Line North America, a poultry genetic company that produces day old chicks for egg farmers. Allison is an avid equine enthusiast that is active with the PA 4-H Horse Program, as well as the America Quarter Horse Association. In their free time, the couple enjoys camping with their Welsh Corgi, Annie.
District 14 (Crawford, Erie, Warren)
814.688.5224 | firstname.lastname@example.org
District 15 (Beaver/Lawrence, Butler, Mercer)
Zach & Brittany Speer
724.504.8327 | Speerhouse17@gmail.com
Zach and Brittany Speer are co-chairs of District 15 and the YF&R Butler County Program. Zach was raised on his family’s dairy farm in northern Butler County. Brittany was raised on her family’s cash crop farm in southern Butler County. Zach currently works full time at Brittany’s family farm: Har-Lo Farms Inc. Brittany is involved with the family farm by providing marketing advice and maintaining social media platforms for the farm. Brittany works full time off of the farm but helps during the harvest season. Zach hopes to own his own herd of long horn cattle. Brittany would like to have a micro pig as a pet. Zach and Brittany have the same values and love of agriculture. They hope to start a family someday and pass along their passion for agriculture.
District 16 (Fayette, Greene, Washington, Westmoreland)
David Bentrem & Sarah Belback
412-580-4458 | DBHorseshoeingInc@gmail.com
David works as a farrier for a living, but also operates the family farm including horses, hay and grass-fed beef. Sarah and David have had their share of celebrity run-ins: drinking with Toby Keith, talking with Willie Nelson and Neil Young and a quick thanks to Woody Harrelson after he shot a movie on our farm!