Michael Firestine, senior vice president of Lebanon Valley Farmers Bank, was appointed vice chairman of the American Bankers Association's Agricultural and Rural Bankers Committee.
will serve with 13 other agricultural and rural bankers from around the country to guide the ABA Center for Agricultural and Rural Banking
.The center was created in 1999 to promote rural issues, such as the Farm Credit System.Committee members are nominated by state bankers' associations and serve up to three years.
brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the ag committee, and we are pleased to have him on board," Ferguson said in a news release.
...Firestine has been with Fulton Bank (owner of Lebanon Valley Farmers Bank) since 1976 but also owns and operates Map Farm in western Berks County, which has 20 acres of pumpkins, wheat, corn, oats and a small herd of registered Hereford and polled Hereford cows. Firestine is a board member of the Pennsylvania Livestock Association, treasurer of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation, president of the Pennsylvania Hereford Association, treasurer of the Keystone International Livestock Exposition and this year was named to its Livestock Hall of Fame. Firestine
wife, Martene, have two children, Margeaux, who is the National Polled Hereford Queen, and Morgan, who is the Pennsylvania Beef Ambassador.