BETHLEHEM, PA – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) last week was named a ‘Friend of Farm Bureau’ by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) for supporting policies that help the state’s farmers remain profitable and competitive. Dent received the award from local Farm Bureau members at a small ceremony on the family farm of Keith Masemore in Hereford Township, Berks County. Mr. Masemore is a member of the Berks County Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors.

“I am honored to receive the Friend of Farm Bureau award,” Dent explained. “Preserving our region’s family farms is critically important to me. They keep our local economy diverse, while providing the food and fiber that has given America the most bountiful, inexpensive food supply the world has ever known. Family farms also help conserve our state’s beautiful landscape.”

The Friend of Farm Bureau award is given to Members of Congress who have been nominated by their state’s Farm Bureau and approved by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Board of Directors.

“On behalf of our more than 50,000 farm and rural member families, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau would like to thank Congressman Dent for his support of agriculture and our rural way of life,” said PFB President Carl T. Shaffer.