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VOL 30 No. 3
Thomas and Elaine McKeivey
Women in ag speak out
There are some new voices out there in the countryside speaking
up for agriculture. And, they’re female voices.
To hear what some of those voices are saying, look inside.
' V The editorial on AMiaddresees this subject, along with the PFA
In the B Section, PFA women are handling die group’s mem
bership drive on Page 821 and on Page 816 Dairy Editor Wendy
Wehr provides a revealing insight into a dairy wife who’s helping to
promote milk in Pa.
Price setting study lied to PMMB House approval
HARRISBURG - The Penn
sylvania Milk Marketing Board
moved a step closer in the State
House to staying in business this
week, but its retail price setting
powers will receive close scrutiny
during a year-long study in 1985.
The State House by a resounding
181 to 16 vote passed Senate Bill
1527, the Sunset legislation on the
PMMB, with the House Ap
propriations Committee amend
ment that a Task Force study its
retail price setting powers and
PFA honors man who got it moving some 34 years ago
BY DICK ANGLESTEIN
HARRISBURG - PFA mem
bers from throughout the Com
monwealth gathered several
hundred strong in Hershey this
week to honor their first leader
who took over the reins of the
fledgling organization back in 1951
when total statewide membership
totaled just about as many as came
to the convention this year.
In addition to naming Clarence
M. Wilson, PFA’s first ad
ministrative secretary, as
recipient of its 1984 Distinguished
Service to Agriculture Award, the
Association gathering also honored
its top young couples and county
associations, elected some of
ficers; passed resolutions to go on
to the Farm Bureau annual session
and heard from NBC News
Washington Correspondent Peter
But sentimental highlight of the
Tuesday evening banquet at the
Hershey Convention Center was
the honoring of Wilson and his
wife, Irma. He served as top ad
minmistrator of PFA for a decade
from 1951 to 1960 and saw mem
bership increase from less than 500
to nearly 10,000 farm families.
Wilson came from lowa to head
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report back by the end of 1985.
In lengthy discussion on the
House Floor, three amendments
were beaten back, which would
have altered the PMMB entirely.
One amendment to make the
price setting powers discretionary
was withdrawn. And two other
amendments, including outright
abolishing the PMMB, were
In the House’s 181 to 16 vote in
favor of the PMMB all but two of
the no votes came from Pittsburgh
the newly-formed organization in
June, 1951, and helped launch such
services as insurance and farm
management and business
After leaving PFA, Wilson
became chief administrator of the
Washington Farm Bureau and
editor of Northeast Agriculture.
Now retired, Wilson lives on a
farm in York County with his wife,
Wilson took the banquet
audience on a nostalgic tour of the
early days of PFA and had some
good-natured banter with some of
the other pioneers like Chet Heim.
Various county associations
were honored for excellence in
seven areas of activities.
Seven-Star or perfect counties
were Franklin and Clearfield.
Six Stars went to Adams,
Huntingdon, Mifflin and Nor
Five-Star winners were Centre,
Clinton, Cumberland, Butler, Erie
Four Stars went to Berks,
Crawford, Dauphin and Lehigh.
Three Stars: Beaver-Lawrence,
Lancaster and Union. Two Stars:
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, November 24,1984
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Glenn and Mary Snyder
Sarah Ann Stauffer
area representatives, who have
targeted the PMMB for a number
The House amendment also
provides for the makeup of the
membership of the Task Force. It
will include four producers - one to
be named by the Majority and
Minority leaders in both the House
and Senate; four dealers to be
named in the same way; the
Majority asnd Minority leaders of
the House and Senate or their
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Clarence and Irma Wilson, of York County, are honored as PFA's recipients of the
"1984 Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award."
Daniel and Grace Rohrer, Jr.
6 Century farms
BY JACK RUBLE Y
STRASBURG Six Lancaster
County farm families were
honored with the Century Farm
Award at the Lancaster Chamber
of Commerce and Industry’s
held at the Historic Strasburg Inn
on Tuesday night.
The highlight of this eighths
annual event, the Century Farm
program spotlights those farmers
whose farm has remained in the
family for 100 years or more.
Cited for the longest history of
iwnership were Charles and Sarah
Ann Stauffer of Rohrerstown,
whose Lime Spring Farm has been
in the family since 1745. Other
Century Farms honored were:
- Daniel and Grace Rohrer, Jr. of
Manheim, whose farm has been in
the Rohrer family since 1850.
- Vincent and Mary Hershey of
Paradise, whose farm has been in
the family since 1860.
(7.50 per Year
Vincent and Mary Hershey
- Thomas and Elaine McKelvey,
whose family has continuously
owned their Holtwood farm since
- Glenn and Mary Snyder of Mount
Joy, who trace their family farm to
- J. Earl and Helen E. Martin, Jr.,
whose Mount Joy farm has been in
the family since 1876.
the families with
their awards was Lt. Governor
William Scranton, HI, who gave a
brief overview of Pennsylvania
agriculture in his opening
remarks. Scranton pointed out that
agriculture is the state’s number
one industry, and that farmers
must indeed be, “doing something
right” while enjoying this status in
a state that not only led but created
the industrial revolution.
Emphasizing the strength of the
Commonwealth’s ag economy,
Scranton pointed to last year’s
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