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Senior Director of State Governme...

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
510 S 31St St, PO Box 8736,
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania 17001
United States

Company Description: Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is a voluntary organization with a membership of more than 41,000 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity...   more

Employment History


  • organizational management
    Eastern University
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Its 9,000 acres of potato fields ..., 13 Nov 2013 [cached]
Its 9,000 acres of potato fields produce 2.2 billion pounds of spuds a year a $37.5 million business, says Joel Rotz of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.
"The bills would require that royalty ..., 1 July 2013 [cached]
"The bills would require that royalty stubs contain common sense information that those receiving royalties should have in understanding and determining that the payment received is proper compensation as provided for in the lease agreement with the corresponding well company," said Joel Rotz, PFB Senior Director of State Government Affairs.
Recently, some customers had their royalties dramatically reduced or zeroed out due to charges associated with post production," added Rotz.
Strong Opposition to Sunday Hunting, 27 Oct 2011 [cached]
They say that one day a week should be preserved for their pleasure without the concern of encountering hunters or hearing gunfire," said PFB State Governmental Relations Director Joel Rotz. "Those Pennsylvanians are not unlike the farmer who says to the hunter, "you have six days, can't I have one?"
Farm Bureau also questioned the findings of an economic study on the possible impact of expanded Sunday hunting, including the absence of critical information not considered as part of the report. "The study does not take into account the impact of activities that are already occurring on Sundays that will be reduced or displaced by Sunday hunting. Examples include hiking, biking, horseback riding, some family time together in the countryside, and even fall foliage viewing this time of the year," added Rotz.
That is the type of hunting activity I grew up with on Sundays and I believe it still holds great value in creating anticipation and interest in the sport, while providing a quality time for family," Rotz testified.
Restrictions on Sunday hunting are no exception," continued Rotz.
PFB also responded to those who have stated that farmers can simply post "No Sunday Hunting" signs if they oppose the legislation. "Farmers already have unfortunate encounters with hunters who ignore posted property or unintentionally trespass on their land. The trouble of trespass will become an even worse problem if Sunday hunting is expanded. Even if only one percent of hunters in the state end up on the wrong side of a property line, it will mean 9,300 instances of someone violating the privacy of a landowner. Just posting "No Sunday Hunting" won't work for farmers or other landowners and the problem of enforcement becomes even more overwhelming with an expansion of Sunday hunting," said Rotz.
Farm Bureau notes that the Sunday hunting debate affects all Pennsylvanians, but is concerned that the division caused by House Bill 1760 is pitting farmers against hunters, hunters against hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts against hunters. This friction could undermine great strides taken by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to assist farmers with wildlife damage control.
"Programs have been developed that mutually benefit hunters and farmers. We want that progress to continue, and are concerned that this very contentious issue can erode support for hunters by Pennsylvania's general population," concluded Rotz.
Re-Elect Tom Killion | State Representative | News - Killion 168th, 17 Sept 2012 [cached]
"Both Senator Pileggi and Representative Killion have demonstrated a strong support for the farming community in the legislature," said Joel Rotz, the director of legislative affairs for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. "We greatly appreciate their support for agriculture and farmers in Pennsylvania."
Rotz noted the support from Senator Pileggi and Representative Killion for Act 85 of 2012, landmark state tax legislation that will help protect the future of family-owned farms by providing farm exemptions from the inheritance and realty transfer tax.
Rotz also highlighted Killion and Pileggi's support for expanding the scope of vocational agricultural education to include agribusiness management and marketing, agricultural research, energy systems, agricultural engineering, food science, food processing, horticulture and landscaping and related fields.
Opposition to Sunday Hunting, 9 June 2011 [cached]
Other sporting activities have already claimed time on Sundays and like everything else in life the decisions that parents and youth have to make about how time is spent comes down to priorities," said PFB State Governmental Relations Director Joel Rotz.
What is most frustrating to farmers in this debate is the arrogance of the assumption that somehow privately-owned land should be available to hunters seven days a week with no recognition that farms are not only privately-owned businesses, but family homes are located on the land as well," concluded Rotz.
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