Westmoreland County dairy farmer re-elected president of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau

HERSHEY – Westmoreland County dairy farmer Richard “Rick” Ebert has been re-elected president of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB).  Voting delegates from PFB’s 54 county Farm Bureaus selected Ebert, who has served as PFB’s President since November 2014 and served as vice president for 10 years prior to his election as president.

Ebert ran unopposed during the state’s largest farm organization’s 66th Annual Meeting in Hershey.

“I am excited and honored to be able to continue to serve Farm Bureau members across Pennsylvania. I look forward to working with farmers and county Farm Bureaus to move our issues forward to advance and protect agriculture,” said PFB President Rick Ebert.

Ebert, who owns Will-Mar-Re Farms in Blairsville, has been involved in Pennsylvania Farm Bureau for decades, as a member of the State Board of Directors, State Dairy Committee Chairman, State Policy Development Committee Chair and as Vice President.  Earlier in his career, Ebert and his wife Diane were selected the winners of PFB’s Young Farmer & Rancher Achievement Award.

“During the next two years,  I plan to expand on my efforts to meet with farmers across the Commonwealth, encouraging them to get more involved in their local communities and to let them know that Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is a great resource to help them meet their goals,” added Ebert.

Ebert noted that there are plenty of issues to work on in 2017.

“At the national level, Farm Bureau will continue its fight to ensure that the Environmental Protection Agency’s disastrous WOTUS (Waters of the United States) rule does not go into effect and will also engage in discussions focusing on the 2018 Farm Bill.  In Harrisburg, a new push to bring about meaningful pension reform and property tax reform in Pennsylvania will be undertaken with lawmakers,” concluded Ebert.

Hundreds of farmers from across the state attended Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s 66th Annual Meeting at the Hershey Lodge from Nov. 14-16, to set policy for the statewide organization on issues affecting farm and rural families