Pennsylvania Farmers Union Virtual

2022 Annual Meeting

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

WE ARE GOING VIRTUAL - PFU ANNUAL MEETING Wednesday, February 9, 2022
9 AM - NOON on ZOOM
REGISTER AT
https://tinyurl.com/28njevhb.

With the surge of the Omicron variant, the PFU Board decided on this change to prioritize the health and safety of all our attendees. This was also based on feedback from some participants’ comfort with traveling and being in crowds. Once you’ve registered you will receive a link for the event and a calendar reminder. You can also participate by phone, but voting will only take place by zoom video. The deadline to register for the annual meeting is Monday, February 7.

And just a reminder that only members in good standing can vote during the policy deliberation and elections.

Join or renew your membership here: https://forms.gle/ae3aPUZyn432tb2E8. For less than $1 a week to expand sustainable agriculture, and ensure the next generation will be there to grow the food, fuel, and fiber that we all depend on!

And if you can ask a farm community member, a change-maker, and a friend to join our annual meeting; it is open to the public. The annual meeting is a great way to introduce them to who we are and what we do!

Highlights for this year’s meeting:

    • Voting on PFU Presidential and Vice-Presidential positions.
    • Board Nominations and Board Recognitions.
    • National Farmers Union President Rob Larew will speak with time allotted for Q & A.
    • Policy Deliberation – Make your voice heard to let us know what’s important to you and PFU’s work in 2022.
    • Join us for our singalong again with Lindsay Gilmour and connect with other PFU Members. We decided on a meeting-style zoom session so that you all can connect with each other!

We look forward to seeing you on Zoom, Facebook, or YouTube.
Thank you for your support of the work that Pennsylvania Farmers Union does on behalf of Independent and Family Farms in the Mid-Atlantic region.
WE ARE FARMERS UNION! 

MICHAEL KOVACH - RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF PFU

Michael Kovach is a multiple-species, grass-based regenerative livestock farmer from Walnut Hill Farm in Mercer County. With his family, he raises grass fed and finished Angus beef & lamb, as well as pigs and poultry in ways that both match their natural habits, and improve the soils of the pastures on which they are raised. Walnut Hill Farm direct markets it’s products right off the farm to local consumers seeking a better quality of meat, raised in their own neighborhood, as well as to several area restaurants. Michael has spoken many times at a variety of events on topics including food, farming, marketing & networking. Many field trips are hosted at Walnut Hill Farm, and the Kovach family are engaged currently in 2 different PDA grant-funded Farm to School projects.
Michael has served for the past 7 years as Vice President and Legislative Director for the Pennsylvania Farmers Union, on NFU’s Policy Committee as PFU’s representative in 2016, as PFU’s rep on the PA Grazing Lands Coalition, and in numerous other capacities on both state and national fronts.

MIKE EBY - RUNNING FOR VICE PRESIDENT OF PFU

Mike Eby is happily married to his wife Lynette of nearly thirty years and blessed with four God-fearing adult children and spouses. The Eby family grew up on a Lancaster county bicentennial seven-generation dairy farm milking sixty registered Holsteins up until 2016 when they transitioned to grass-fed beef and crops. Now as a retired dairy farmer Mike is heavily involved with his work in changing dairy policy to empower the farmer. His role as chairman with the National Dairy Producers Organization and executive director of the Organization for Competitive Markets gives him a unique opportunity to speak to farmer co-ops as well as state and federal government. In 2020 Mike successfully led 116 dairy farmers in antitrust litigation against dairy co-ops in federal court. Mike also serves on the board of Pennsylvania Farmers Union and takes every opportunity to share PFU policies in all of his roles on such issues as, country of origin labeling, competitive markets, rural communities, monopolies & consolidation.

Also, new this year, plan to attend our workshop at the Pasa Sustainable Agriculture Conference in person or virtually on Facebook on Saturday, 2/12 at 9:00 AM EST.

Register here(https://web.cvent.com/event/495529cf-5f11-41ed-9a1d-c9e55d151c6a/summary?RefId=home)

Reclaiming the Cannabis Industry for PA Farmers and Small Businesses

Led by PFU members Tsehaitu Abye, Black Dragon Breakfast Club; Bill Brittain, Shadyside Nursery/PA Farmers Union; Michael Kovach, PA Farmers Union, and Walnut Acres Farm and legislator TBD

PFU leaders will join state legislators to explore effective measures for policies focused on creating opportunities for Pennsylvania’s Independent and Family Farmers within the cannabis market. We will address critical issues facing our farmers and examine the political, economic, and social components to ensure Pennsylvania Family Farmers are allowed access to the estimated $1.5 billion in revenue that the legal Adult-Use Cannabis market is projected to generate in 2022. The panel will also discuss the challenges, barriers, and opportunities in the cannabis sector that face our farmers and small businesses in both rural and urban communities and explore ways these communities can work together to create an equitable marketplace and circular economy for cannabis within Pennsylvania.

We will discuss:

  • How PA Farmers Union is Leveraging Cannabis to Benefit Local Farmers
  • Market barriers include lack of vertical integration, allowing new growers, limiting the size of existing operators
  • Perspectives from Urban + Rural Farmers & Small Businesses
  • Social Equity + Economic Impact
  • Hear from a local legislator
  • How to Advocate toolkit
  • Join us Live on our Facebook page - (https://www.facebook.com/PAFarmersUnion) Or you can view the session after the PASA Conference on PFU’s YouTube page

    (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3pKwObV5dncXXETjB1FCaQ)

    We look forward to seeing you on Zoom, Facebook, or YouTube.
    Thank you for your support of the work that Pennsylvania Farmers Union does on behalf of Independent and Family Farms in the Mid-Atlantic region.
    WE ARE FARMERS UNION! 

    Thanks to those of you who joined us for our 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting!

    We enjoyed the discussions and seeing our members. Below is a recording of the meeting!