Newsmaker: George Wherry
Noteworthy: Pennsylvania Farm Bureau members recently elected Wherry to the organization's state board of directors. He represents a district that includes Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
Residence: North Bethlehem in Washington County
Family: Wherry's wife of 48 years, Patricia, died in 2009. He has six children and eight grandchildren.
Occupation: Wherry runs a farm with 500 sheep and 30 head of beef cattle.
Background: Wherry served as president of the Washington County Farm Bureau for the past three years and has been a member of the organization for 38 years. He previously served on the Bentworth School Board for 23 years.
Education: Bachelor's degree in animal husbandry from Penn State University.
Quote: “Farmers are now operating during a time when regulations are very strict and proposed regulations could put an unacceptable strain on farm families. When new regulations are being discussed, we need to reach manageable agreements so the regulations make sense for farmers, local communities and the public.”
— Tom Fontaine
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