Farm Industry To Golf Before Penn State's Ag Progress Days Expo

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Penn State President Emeritus Rodney Erickson is Chair for Second Annual Centre County Farm Bureau “Drive for the Future of Agriculture” golf tournament to be held on Monday, August 17, 2015, just before Penn State's Ag Progress Days.

Centre County Farm Bureau ( announces the Second Annual “Drive for the Future of Agriculture” golf tournament to be held on Monday, August 17, 2015, just before Penn State's Ag Progress Days opens.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Penn State Collegiate Farm Bureau and the PA Friends of Ag Foundation.

Penn State President Emeritus Rodney Erickson is the 2015 Tournament Chair. Dr. Erickson says, “Being both a farmer and an educator, I know firsthand how powerful agricultural education can be, not just for those who till the field but also for those who consume the harvest. Penn State Collegiate Farm Bureau enhances students’ breadth of knowledge about agribusiness. The PA Friends of Agriculture Mobile Ag Labs provide nutrition and food safety instruction as well as environmental activities to 100,000 elementary and middle school students each year. On August 17th you can help support both of these beneficial programs and enjoy 18 holes of golf too!"

Centre County Farm Bureau President Allen Ishler points out that “many people don’t realize that Rod grew up on a dairy farm in northwestern Wisconsin and worked at his brother's farm equipment dealership in southern Minnesota during his college years. Although his graduate studies and faculty career took him away to the city, his heart never left agriculture. Rod moved back to his roots nearly 30 years ago when he and his wife bought land outside State College. Since then he has been raising corn, soybeans and wheat along with spending his spare time restoring old Case tractors! We are thrilled to honor him as our chairman this year.”

The “Drive for the Future of Agriculture” tournament will be a step-away “bogey maximum” four-person scramble with shotgun start at 2 p.m. This year's tournament format has been improved to increase pace of play and overall fun for all our players. Ag Progress vendors, set up your display in the morning and enjoy golf in the afternoon!

Fees are $100 per person and include lunch and dinner along with 18 holes of golf on the beautiful Mountain View Country Club course (100 Elks Club Rd., Boalsburg, PA 16827), only a few miles away from the Ag Progress Days expo grounds outside State College.

Register for the “Drive for the Future of Ag” tournament online at

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Centre County Farm Bureau tournament organizer Andy Bater at Golf(at) or 814-446-2253.

Centre County Farm Bureau gratefully acknowledges event marketing assistance provided by Penn State Collegiate Farm Bureau as well as the ongoing support of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. Collegiate Farm Bureau members, along with the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, collaborate to increase awareness of agriculture at The Pennsylvania State University and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with a volunteer membership of more than 58,300 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.

The PA Friends of Ag Foundation’s mission is the preservation and promotion of agriculture – the largest of the Commonwealth’s industries.

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Andy Bater
Centre County Farm Bureau
since: 07/2013
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