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Maryland Cattlemen's Association honors Hagerstown farmer

March 20, 2012|By REBECCA LONG CHANEY | Special to The Herald-Mail
  • Maryland Cattlemens Association President Mike Harrison of Woodbine, Md., left, presents the Top Hand Award to Bill Poffenberger of M&M Farm in Hagerstown at the 25th annual Maryland Cattlemens Association banquet. The award recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly to the well-being of Marylands cattle industry.
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Long Chaney

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Maryland Cattlemen’s Association welcomed nearly 200 people to its 25th Annual Maryland Cattle Industry Convention in Hagerstown earlier this month.

A highlight of the banquet was the announcement of the Top Hand Award.

Association President Mike Harrison of Woodbine, Md., presented the award to Bill Poffenberger of M&M Farm in Hagerstown.

The award recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly to the well-being of Maryland’s cattle industry.

Bill and his wife, Mary, have been active in the beef cattle industry since the mid-1960s, gradually expanding and improving their operation over the years. In 2013, the farm will have been in the family for 100 years.

Bill Poffenberger has been at the forefront of conservation and land stewardship innovations since the late 1980s, working in partnership with a variety of regional, state and local programs and organizations to adopt conservation and management practices that would enhance his farming operation while protecting the surrounding ecosystems and environment.

In 1995, the Poffenbergers were awarded the Regional Environmental Stewardship Award by the National Cattlemen’s Association.

Bill Poffenberger has given freely of his time and talents, providing insight and leadership while serving on numerous boards and committees. He has been a member of the farm bureau for more than 25 years and is a past president of the cattlemen’s association.

He spent 10 years as a 4-H livestock leader in Washington County and was involved with the development of Washington County Agricultural Education Center.

He said one of his most rewarding efforts has been his service to the Rural Heritage Museum at the ag center.

He places a high value on sharing his knowledge with other farmers and has been a speaker on beef-related educational programs for many years.

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