“Ag Progress Days is a highlight of the summer for many farm families, because it offers an opportunity for farmers to learn more about new advances in agriculture and technology, obtain updated information on key issues impacting their businesses and the chance to reconnect with other farmers and friends from across Pennsylvania,” said PFB President Carl T. Shaffer.
Ag Progress Days visitors are also invited to attend one of two panel discussions on farmer generated data (or “Big Data”), which is an emerging issue throughout the agriculture community. PFB President Carl Shaffer is one of seven members on the panel. For more information visit
Listed below are some of the activities taking place inside PFB’s exhibit building at Ag Progress Days:
Government Affairs and Communications – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau staff will be on hand to provide information, handouts and answer questions on current issues impacting state agriculture, including the need for state pension funding reform and the reasons why Pennsylvania farmers and farmers across the nation oppose the new Waters of the U.S. rule proposed by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers. Visitors will also have the opportunity to talk about PFB’s legislative agenda, regulatory questions and opportunities that help farmers improve their bottom line.
Friends of Agriculture Foundation – The Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation will host an interactive exercise on pollination and provide information about honey bees and honey production in Pennsylvania. All children who take part in the exercise will receive a honey bee visor.
Young Farmer & Rancher Committee – Members of the State Young Farmer & Rancher Committee (YF&R) are bringing back the popular pedal tractor pull for kids. Each child taking part in the tractor pull will receive a customized participant certificate. YF&R members will also discuss leadership development and other opportunities available to young farm families. In addition, committee volunteers will be accepting donation cards and cash contributions for the “Harvest for All” food drive.
Women’s Leadership Committee – Information about the Women’s Leadership Committee and the role the committee plays in numerous efforts involving Farm Bureau. The women will also encourage others to volunteer to join the committee.
MSC Business Services – Farm Management Service account supervisors will be available to discuss the many business services available through PFB including recordkeeping, tax planning and preparation; farm accounting software; and a no-hassle payroll service that takes the headaches out of payroll preparation.
Health Insurance – A PFB Health Services representative will be on hand with information on health care insurance available to members and associate members.
Safemark – Safemark representatives will be displaying farm and vehicle supplies available through Safemark dealers around the state, including tires, batteries and baler twine.
Nationwide Insurance – PFB members are eligible for discounts on farm insurance from Nationwide. Agents will be present to also discuss savings for members on auto, ATV, motorcycle, snowmobile and boat insurance, plus discounts on long-term care insurance.
Member Benefits – Amerigas, Energy Plus and Grainger will have representatives on hand to talk about discounts available to members, while Case IH will have materials available about its products and services.
PFB's Ag Progress Days exhibit hours are: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday, August 14. Ag Progress Days is open to the public. For more information about visit the Ag Progress Days website at http://agsci.psu.edu/apd.