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One year in, Hoffman discusses leading the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Prop 12, young farmers and more.

Chris Torres

November 21, 2023

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Chris Hoffman, president of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau speaking into a microphone at a podium
FARM BUREAU LEADER: Chris Hoffman was elected president of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau last year. Chris Torres

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.

About the Author(s)

Chris Torres

Editor, American Agriculturist

Chris Torres, editor of American Agriculturist, previously worked at Lancaster Farming, where he started in 2006 as a staff writer and later became regional editor. Torres is a seven-time winner of the Keystone Press Awards, handed out by the Pennsylvania Press Association, and he is a Pennsylvania State University graduate.

Torres says he wants American Agriculturist to be farmers' "go-to product, continuing the legacy and high standard (former American Agriculturist editor) John Vogel has set." Torres succeeds Vogel, who retired after 47 years with Farm Progress and its related publications.

"The news business is a challenging job," Torres says. "It makes you think outside your small box, and you have to formulate what the reader wants to see from the overall product. It's rewarding to see a nice product in the end."

Torres' family is based in Lebanon County, Pa. His wife grew up on a small farm in Berks County, Pa., where they raised corn, soybeans, feeder cattle and more. Torres and his wife are parents to three young boys.

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