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Friday, November 21, 2014

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Presents Edward Kosa of Potter County with the 2014 Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award
HERSHEY, Penn. — Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) presented Edward Kosa of Potter County with the 2014 Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award during the state’s largest farm organization’s 64th Annual Meeting in Hershey.

The 92-year-old Kosa has been professionally involved in agriculture for 75 years, joining his father on the family farm in Ulysses, Potter County, after graduating from high school in 1939. Despite his age, Kosa remains active on EDKO Farms, along with two sons and several grandsons.

“I’m happiest when I’m on the tractor. I like planting a crop, seeing it grow and seeing the results,” said Edward Kosa. “The hard work that goes into farming is no big deal as long as you enjoy what you do.”

Kosa has been a member of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau for more than 40 years, serving on the State Board of Directors for eight years.

“When you’re part of an organization, you out to be a part of it, not just with your money, but with your time too,” added Kosa.

Kosa also served as director of the Potter County Conservation District for more than 30 years, including 19 years as chairman. During his tenure, Potter County was awarded the 1998 PA Grand Award as Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Conservation District. The district also implemented countless programs to preserve and protect land and water resources in Potter County.

“Ed has been a big proponent of the notion that farming and conservation can work hand-in-hand. He understands that farmers can be extremely productive growing crops on their land and tending to their animals, while also being excellent stewards of the land,” said PFB President Carl T. Shaffer. “With the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, we appreciate and recognize the vast contributions Ed has made on behalf of farmers and the environment over his many years of service to the agricultural community.”

Kosa was instrumental in the formation of Agricultural Security Areas in Potter County, protecting farmers and their businesses from restrictive local ordinances. The security areas were the impetus to forming a Farmland Preservation program in the county, which helped save prime agricultural land form the pressures of development. In addition, Kosa’s environmental-friendly farming practices, his role as director of the county conservation district and his overall leadership in agriculture issues, were key factors in Ed being named the 1999 “Man of the Year” by the Potter-Leader Enterprise.

Hundreds of farmers from across the state attended Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s 64th Annual Meeting at the Hershey Lodge from November 17-19, to set policy for the statewide organization on issues affecting farm and rural families.

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with a volunteer membership of nearly 60,000 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.

— Pennsylvania Farm Bureau


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