Pennsylvania Association of County Agricultural Agents Recognize 2013 Honorary Agent

James Hershey was presented with the Honorary County Agent Award during the Pennsylvania Association of County Agricultural Agents annual meeting.

PACAA County Agent Del Voight (far left) presents Honorary County Agent Award to James Hershey and wife Shirley.

PACAA County Agent Del Voight (far left) presents Honorary County Agent Award to James Hershey and wife Shirley.

James Hershey was presented with the Honorary County Agent Award during the Pennsylvania Association of County Agricultural Agents annual meeting for his effort in promoting agriculture in Pennsylvania.

During the fall annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Association of County Agricultural Agents (PACAA) on November 20, James Hershey was presented with the Honorary County Agent Award.  The purpose of the award is to give recognition and show appreciation to an individual who has befriended the agricultural community through career efforts beyond Cooperative Extension. 

Below is a brief synopsis of his effort in support and extraordinary effort for Pennsylvania Agriculture. 

Not only is Jim a successful farmer, active community leader and businessman; but he has worked hard to advance Pennsylvania agriculture on many fronts. These include advocating for agriculture in areas of Research and Technology, Public relations and Government, Environmental Health and Productivity, and especially Farmer Education and Awareness.

When not working on his hog, poultry and crop enterprises, Jim can be found promoting agriculture around Central PA. He has also worked very closely with Penn State Extension both here in Lancaster County and at the statewide level. As president of the PA No-till Alliance, Jim and I have worked together to offer two “No-till tune-up” workshops, and a cover crop field day. Jim serves on the team which plans the annual extension “Farming for Success” field day. He has also used Alliance funding to sponsor keynote speakers and support no-till educational activities at many extension field days and workshops. Locally, he has served on many producer panels and has supported numerous extension activities.

Below is a partial listing of Mr. Hershey’s activities in support of Agriculture, Community and Extension:

Field days on the family farm:

  • Farm Bureau Safety Week
  • PA Conservation Grant Presentation for $1 Million by Sec. of Agriculture Mike Johanns and Sen. Rick Santorum
  • PA No-till Alliance/ PSU Extension cover crop field day.
  • Numerous tour groups from around the globe

Ag Committees and Organizations

  • Past president: PA Corn Growers
  • Co-Chair of the PA Professional Crop Producers Conference
  • Farming for Success planning committee

Founding member of PA No-till Alliance

  • Vice-president for three years and now President for three years
  • Worked to grow memberships, develop programming, and raise funds
  • Under Jim’s leadership the group developed an excellent educational booth at Ag Progress Days and has greatly increased their no-till educational activities such as field days around the state. Jim was instrumental in raising funds to support several trips to the national no-till conference.

Research and Technology

  • Reduced tillage “BMP Challenge”
  • Manure and Agrotain replicated field trials with PSU
  • Lancaster farms project

Original member of group to petition state to modernize Ag vehicle and equipment codes & laws

Original supporter of and helper with “Today’s Ag” Exhibit at PA farm show Awards

  • 2008 Mid-Atlantic Master Farmer
  • Numerous national and state corn and soybean yield contests
  • PA Young Farmer under 30 award

Practices and teaches “Continuous No-till”

Owns and operates Hershey Farms

  • 250 acres w/ on farm storage
  • 3400 finishing hogs
  • 600,000 natural broilers, annually
  • Custom planting and combining

Community service

  • Vice-chairman Mount Joy Twp. Zoning Hearing Board,
  • Mount Joy Twp. Ag Advisory Board
  • Manheim Young Farmers Chapter
  • Lancaster County Conservation District Ag Advisory Board
  • Active in local church: Choral group, Facilities Task Force