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50th anniversary of Lancaster Farm & Home Center to be celebrated on January 21

LANCASTER, Pa. -- The Farm & Home Foundation will celebrate 50 years of serving the needs of Lancaster County’s vibrant agricultural community at a gala dinner on Tuesday, January 21, beginning with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Limited seating remains for this festive evening; to make a reservation call Linda Armstrong, building manager, at 717-392-4911.

Popular and entertaining keynote speaker will be Dr. David Kohl, professor emeritus of agricultural finance and small business management at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Nationally known for his wit, wisdom and down-to-earth observations, he is a strong supporter of Cooperative Extension and 4-H and the role they continue to play in successful agriculture.

EMazing GRACE, an award winning bluegrass trio from Manheim, will provide entertainment.

The dream of an agricultural meeting place became a reality through the dedicated efforts of Elmer S. Esbenshade who donated the land; M. Max Smith, influential Penn State county agricultural agent, and Levi S. Brubaker, a well-respected Master Farmer from Rohrerstown.

Through their leadership, the entire Lancaster agricultural community helped raise the funds to build this “first-of-a-kind” meeting and office space.

Home to the Penn State Cooperative Extension Office, the Farm & Home Center has been an educational hub for agricultural groups, a meeting place for 4-H events, and an increasingly popular space for many community activities. The Lancaster County Conservation District, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and USDA’s Farm Service Agency also have been long time tenants and supporters. The Center served as a model in the state and around the country as others recognized the value of an independent agricultural center.