Farms matter — today, yesterday and tomorrow

Two recent stories highlight the importance of agriculture to our region.

In the Jan. 18 edition of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, the Cogan station farm of Scott and Bonnie Wheeland was recognized as a “Century Farm” — a farm that has been in Scott’s family since 1882.

Scott’s parents, grand-parents and other past family members worked hard to feed Americans. Scott and Bonnie Wheeland continue that tradition of hard work. As state Sen. Gene Yaw put it, “the Wheeland family truly represents what makes Pennsylvania great.”

While the Wheelands exemplify the past and present of agriculture’s importance, another article from the Jan. 21 reflects the potential future of agriculture.

Montoursville native Lilana Yeagley, a 16-year-old, went to the 2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show to compete in showing livestock.

She began working with farm animals in the eighth grade, and says she wants to have agriculture be a part of life as an adult.

“I have learned a lot of valuable life lessons,” Yeagley says of her work with livestock.

Farms have been teaching life lessons — and serving as an integral part of our economy — for hundreds of years. Due to the hard work of people like the Wheelands and Yeagley, we believe it will continue to be an important part of Lycoming County.


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