I feel I need to start this month's article by expressing condolences to two families. First, to the family of Tonya Wible, coordinator of the Pennsylvania Mobile Ag Lab Program, whose brother, Tyler, died very suddenly May 5. Tyler's parents are Charles and Joan Myers.
Charles is a member of the board of directors for Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. Tyler was 32 years old and was married in September of 2011. He and his wife, Shane, are expecting their first baby this coming autumn. Tyler was a mechanical engineer.
Next, to the family of Dick Ferguson. Many of you in the area knew Dick. He came to work for my dad on Loyetta Farms and Somerset Barn Equipment back in 1969. Dick was an outstanding mechanic and electrician. He was often the one hanging from the top of an empty silo trying to fix a silo unloader, or laying in the mud trying to repair another piece of equipment.
Dick was more than just an employee to my dad — he was family. Dick and Anna Jean's children grew up with my sister, Tami. Dick's son, Tom, now works for Somerset Barn Equipment. Dick also died on May 5.
May God grant both these families peace as they grieve the loss of their loved ones.
Now that the crops are in and hay is being made there are opportunities to relax and enjoy the late spring season with some recreation.
*The House Tourism and Recreation Committee has passed a bill that amends the Recreational Use of Land Act to protect landowners who allow their property to be used for recreational purposes. The law would expand landowners protection to those who allow riders of snowmobiles and recreational vehicles to use their property.
"Landowners who permit the free use of their property for recreational purposes should not have to worry that they will be sued for doing so," said Dan Moul, who introduced House Bill 544. The bill would also award legal fees to property owners who are sued by recreational users but not found liable, which may encourage potential plaintiffs and their attorneys to think more carefully before moving ahead with a lawsuit.
The bill now moves to the full House for its consideration.
*taken from Farm Bureau Express 5/10/13
Now that summer is approaching it is time when farm bureaus will start to work on this year's resolutions that will be presented at their county annual meetings this autumn and if passed becomes policy. Policy can pertain to concerns at the county, state or national level. Policy development committees will be working in every county in our area.
If you have ideas for policy please contact the vice president of your county farm bureau as they serve as the policy development chairperson.