Leon Kriner of Clearfield County is Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Distinguished Local Affairs Leader Award winner for 2019.
The award recognizes an outstanding individual whose local affairs efforts and activities have helped solve problems and improve rural living for county Farm Bureau members.
Kriner, who served eight years on the state Farm Bureau’s board of directors and nine years as Clearfield County Farm Bureau president, played a major role in the creation of the Clearfield County Farmland Preservation Program and was instrumental in helping several townships create Agricultural Security Areas, which allows townships to participate in the Farmland Preservation Program.
“It took several years of working with county and local officials to create a farmland preservation program for Clearfield County. We wanted to make sure the program would be beneficial to local farmers as well as the entire community,” Kriner says. “Although Clearfield County doesn’t have the same development pressure as many urban areas of the state, there has been increased development pressure in the county over the past few years, prompting Farm Bureau members to seek the option of participating in the program.”
Kriner was recognized for his overall commitment, gathering resources and addressing misconceptions about the Farmland Preservation Program to generate support for the program by educating county commissioners, township supervisors and members of local communities about the positive impact of local farms and how they benefit rural economies. He also has been a huge advocate of farmers implementing conservation practices and being stewards of the land.
While a member of Farm Bureau’s board of directors, Kriner also helped develop and implement regional “Farm Bureau Day” meetings.
“Moving to a regional all-day session was a change that greatly benefitted farmers and Farm Bureau staff because it allowed a variety of topics to be addressed during a one-day meeting as opposed to holding four separate meetings in each county Farm Bureau,” Kriner says. “The move to the single-day meeting saved time and money and resulted in much higher attendance by farmers at the meetings.”Source: Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.