PA. Sec­re­tary of Ag speaks at Kutztown Farm­ers’ Night

Ro­tary hon­ors Berks County’s 2016 Out­stand­ing Farm Fam­ily

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - FRONT PAGE - By Ash­ley J. Mieczkowski KCP

Penn­syl­va­nia Sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture Rus­sell Red­ding ad­dressed lo­cal farm­ers and area high school Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica stu­dents at the Kutztown Ro­tary Club’s an­nual Ur­ban-Ru­ral Night at the Kutztown Grange Feb. 1.

Also in at­ten­dance were Rep. Gary Day, Sen. Judy Sch­wank and Ro­tary Dis­trict Gov­er­nor, Linda R. Young, who of­fered brief re­marks.

Hon­ored at the event were Dave and Jill Kopfer of Blan­don as Berks County’s 2016 Out­stand­ing Farm Fam­ily, Kutztown and Fleet­wood Ro­tary Club’s Stu­dents of the Month, Nathanael J. Fay of Brandywine Heights High School, Ayla Blatt from Kutztown Area High School, Nate Guldin of Oley Val­ley High School and Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica stu­dents from Kutztown and Oley High Schools.

Dur­ing Red­ding’s re­marks, he noted that the farm­ing is the dom­i­nant in­dus­try in Berks County, but will not stay that way with­out the sig­nif­i­cant help from com­mu­ni­ties.

He also men­tioned that ev­ery day 300 acres of farm­land is sold for other uses in Penn­syl­va­nia. Si­mul­ta­ne­ously, ev­ery third row of corn in our lo­cal corn­fields and ev­ery third acre of beans find a new home ex­ported to a dif­fer­ent coun­try. An ac­tive Q&A ses­sion took place af­ter his speech as Red­ding an­swered ques­tions about pol­icy from lo­cal farm­ers.

Red­ding spent much of his life in agri­cul­ture. Grow­ing up in Get­tys­burg among 10 broth­ers and sis­ters. In high school, his teacher con­vinced his fa­ther to let him at­tend Penn State Univer­sity for agri­cul­tural sci­ence and Red­ding went on to be­come the Penn­syl­va­nia State Sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture.

Kutztown Ro­tary Club has spon­sored Ur­ban-Ru­ral Nights ev­ery year since 1938. This year about 130 guests were in at­ten­dance, in­clud­ing Ro­tar­i­ans, Oley and Kutztown high school’s Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica (FFA), mem­bers of the Kutztown Grange, and area farm­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Ro­tar­ian Bob Hobaugh, this event was es­tab­lished to honor and give a well-de­served pat on the back to our farm­ers and the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try be­cause they make our qual­ity of life bet­ter, sup­port the lo­cal econ­omy, and are the back­bone of our state.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO - RENO UNGER

Hon­ored at Kutztown Ro­tary Club’s Ur­ban Ru­ral Night were Berks County’s Farm Fam­ily of the Year for 2016, (L-R) Dave and Jill Kopfer, here be­ing con­grat­u­lated by Kutztown Ro­tary pres­i­dent Re­nee Sufrinko.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO - RENO UNGER

Pa. Sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture Rus­sel Red­ding speaks at Kutztown Ro­tary’s an­nual Ur­ban Ru­ral Night Feb. 1.

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