Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is pleased to announce that Barbara Rogers-Scharneck from Ward Hill has been appointed by American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall to AFBF’s Promotion and Education (P&E) committee. This national committee is focused on bridging the gap between farmers and consumers by providing tools and resources to other Farm Bureau members who are eager to help share agriculture’s story.
Her responsibilities and roles in the committee will include:
- Surfacing, prioritizing and developing ideas for agricultural promotion and education.
- Providing effective, practical tools for implementing grassroots projects.
- Increasing opportunities for training volunteers to be effective agricultural advocates.
“Barbara will bring a lot of ideas and thoughtful input to this national committee as she has a strong background on how to engage the public with agriculture,” said MFBF President Mark Amato. “On the state-level, she has been engaged in MFBF’s P&E committee and worked to identify and target projects that promote agriculture to our large consumer base. I am very exited for Barbara and wish her luck with this endeavor.”
Rogers-Scharneck is a fourth-generation farmer in eastern Massachusetts. On the farm, Rogers-Scharneck and her family raise replacement heifers and grow feed hay, silage, corn, strawberries, pumpkins, apples, butternut squash and carrots. They also have a You-Pick operation and offer school tours. The farm also includes a full-service garden center, where the family grows their own annuals and perennials in seven greenhouses.
She has been involved in Essex County Farm Bureau board of directors and the statewide P&E committee. She also is involved in the Topsfield Fair and Soroptimist International. Rogers-Scharneck also actively volunteers in her children’s school events and fundraisers.
She holds associate’s and bachelor’s degrees and has completed several half-marathons.
Her term will begin in March 2019 during the AFBF’s FUSION conference set to be held in Wisconsin. She will serve for two-years until 2021.