Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, February 12, 2000, Image 26

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    A2H«ncMter Farming, Saturday, February 12, 2000
Annual Meeting And Cornucopia
Unites Legislators With Ag Leaders
(Continued from Page A 1)
Agriculture and other farm or
The cornucopia was held in
conjunction with the Council’s
annual meeting, held earlier in
the afternoon. Council members
had the opportunity to meet
with their local legislators indi
vidually between the annual
meeting and cornucopia.
During the annual meeting,
Representative Ray Bunt, the
Old aquaintances unite as Representative James
Roebuck of Philadelphia introduces himself to Eugene
Wingert, Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council, who
sold pigs to Roebuck’s god parents.
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majority chairman of the House
ag and rural affairs committee,
spoke to the group.
“We are working on an exten
sive list of legislation that will
benefit the ag community,” said
Bunt. He thanked the farm or
ganizations for their help with
ag issues. “I learn something
new about agriculture every
Senator William Slocum, ma
jority chairman of the Senate
agriculture and rural affairs
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Committee also spoke during
the meeting.
According to Slocum, Penn
sylvania provided the largest
drought package of any state in
the Union this past year. It was
also the largest drought relief
package ever in Pennsylvania.
“This year we plan to address
the inheritance tax issue,” said
Slocum. “It is the single largest
cause for losing family farms.
Our caucus is going to make
every effort to do away with at
least part of that tax.”
The Council made amend
ments to state resolutions bene
fiting agriculture. These
resolutions are used by lobbyist
from various farm groups to en
courage the legislature to ad
dress the current issues in
Topics included in the
amendments were biotechnol
ogy, farmstead property tax
relief, and food safety. The
Council also established new re
solutions for product regulations
and standards, stray voltage,
nutrient management, farmland
assessment law, local amuse
ment tax, agriculture education,
and elk damage. Resolutions for
addressing federal legislative
issues were also addressed.
The Council elected new offi
cers during the meeting. Presi
dent is Roxy LeVan. Curtis
Kratz was elected vice president,
and Susan Fox will be the secre
Charles Brosius was nomi
nated by the Council to repre
sent Pennsylvania agriculture
societies as a Pennsylvania State
PA State Council of Farm Organizations President
Roxy LeVan greets the representative from her county,
Representative Merle Phillips of Northumberland.
Representative Thomas Armstrong from Lancaster
County and Debbie Eaton representing Senator Harold
Mowery of Cumberland County greet Pennsylvania Fair
Queen Jana Duttry.
University Trustee. Brosius will
be running for Obie Snider’s po
sition on the board. Snider de
cided not to seek re-election.
The Council also voted to en-
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dorse Carl Schaffer in his nomi
nation for the Board of Trustees.
Schaffer, already a member of
the Board of Trustees, will be
running for re-election.
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