November 21, 2023
Last year, Chris Hoffman, a first-generation farmer from Juniata County, was elected president of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.
Many saw Hoffman’s election as a needed change to revive the state’s largest farm advocacy organization. Just before he was elected, its MSC Business Services division was shut down.
This year, the organization’s longtime headquarters building in Camp Hill was sold to a local Teamsters chapter. Now, they lease a much smaller space just across the river from Harrisburg.
And, of course, the issues the organization advocates for are changing. Big issues such as livestock damage on farms, the development of solar and the continued Chesapeake Bay cleanup took up much of his time.
But he has also been affected on the farm by some hot-button national issues, including Proposition 12 and the related Ending Agricultural Trade Suppression (EATS) Act.
Hoffman sat down for a chat during a break at the recent Pennsylvania Farm Bureau annual meeting. He gave his thoughts on young farmers, Prop 12 and the EATS Act, dairy, and more.
Give it a listen:
More on Chris Hoffman
Owner of Lazy Hog Farm, 1,400-head farrow-to-wean and 4,400-head pig finishing operation. He also has a 4,800-head nursery barn.
Owner of Lazy Chick Farm, a 250,000-head poultry operation.
Member of the American Farm Bureau Federation board of directors.
2019 American Pig Farmer of the Year by National Pork Board.
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