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County farm bureau elects new officers

David Herbst named new president

January 21, 2013

The Washington County Farm Bureau elected its new slate of officers for 2013.

David Herbst, elected president, is a third generation dairy farmer from Ringgold, who owns and operates Misty Meadow Farm and Creamery on more than 400 acres in the Smithsburg area.

Matt Schnebly was elected vice president. He has been employed as a service technician with Select Sire Power for the past 14 years and has also served on the Maryland State Young Farmers Executive Board for the past four years. He was raised on a dairy farm near Clear Spring.

Brooks Long was elected treasurer. He is a seventh generation dairy farmer who owns and operates the 162-acre Long Delight Farm in Williams-port. Long is married to wife Katie and they have two children.

Terri Shank, elected secretary, is a retired agricultural educator and partner with Palmyra Farm, LLC.  She is employed with Maryland Ag Ed Foundation as the assistant director for high school and post secondary programs. 

Other members include Ralph Shank, Bette Jo Shifler, Galen Long, Brian Forsythe, Josh Hoy, Dale Price and Mark Forsythe. Ginny Gaylor serves on the Women’s Farm Bureau Committee and Bobby Stiles represents the Local Young Farmers group. 

The local farm bureau represents residents and members of Washington County and is part of the Maryland Farm Bureau. The farm bureau’s purpose is to increase net farm income and improve the quality of life by providing a legislative voice, increasing public understanding and promoting member involvement.

The county farm bureau meets the fourth Monday of every month at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center at 7:30 p.m.  The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 28.

For more information, call David Herbst at 240-527-9622 or send an email to dlh21783@hotmail.com, or call Terrie Shank at 301-491-5686 or send an email to agteacher@myactv.net.

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