Greig receives farm bureau service award

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CAMP HILL, Pa. — Pennsylvania Farm Bureau presented former Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George Greig with the 2020 Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award during the organization’s virtual 70th annual meeting.

The award is presented to an individual whose dedicated work and service has significantly contributed to the advancement of Pennsylvania agriculture. Greig, who served as secretary of agriculture from 2011 to 2015, during the Tom Corbett administration, has left his mark on Pennsylvania agriculture.

During his tenure, Pennsylvania enacted laws that exempted farm families from having to pay inheritance and realty transfer taxes and legislation that trademarked the Pennsylvania Preferred Program and established dedicated funding to the program.

Greig has a long history of farm bureau involvement. Along with serving as president of the Crawford County Farm Bureau for eight years, he also served for seven years on Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors. Greig also has extensive community involvement, serving for nearly 50 years as a township supervisor and on his Farm Service Agency Board.

Greig grew up on his family dairy farm in Crawford County. In 1976, he and his brother, Tim, took over the operation. While no longer a dairy, the farm still grows 650 acres of corn, soybeans and hay. Greig also had the opportunity to advocate for global trade, traveling to China to represent the Pennsylvania’s hardwoods industry during the George W. Bush administration.

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