Yaw, Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, Support Van Blarcom Reappointment to the PMMB

HARRISBURG – State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) today announced that the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee unanimously reported the nomination of Bradford County dairy farmer James A. Van Blarcom to the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board (PMMB) out of committee.  Van Blarcom’s nomination now awaits a vote before the full state Senate.

A resident of Columbia Cross Roads, Van Blarcom is a self-employed dairy farmer who owns and operates a 500 head dairy herd with his family.  He was first nominated by Governor Tom Corbett and appointed to the PMMB in 2014.  His nomination was again submitted to the state Senate by Governor Tom Wolf this year. 

“I have known Jim for many years and I have been very impressed by his involvement and commitment to improving our region,” Sen. Yaw said.  “His experience as a dairy farmer and current member of the Milk Marketing Board are great assets to Pennsylvania’s dairy industry and I am happy to lend my support for his reappointment to the Board.”

The Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board is an independent agency that establishes minimum milk prices, minimum wholesale prices and minimum retail prices.  The three-member Board is overseen by two farmer members and one consumer member. 

Van Blarcom’s nomination is expected to be considered by the full Senate in December. 

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Senator Yaw announced Wednesday that the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee unanimously reported the nomination of Bradford County dairy farmer James A. Van Blarcom to the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board (PMMB) out of committee.  Van Blarcom’s nomination now awaits a vote before the full state Senate.  Pictured Left to Right:  State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-11), Minority Chair, Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee; Jim Van Blarcom; Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) and Sen. Elder Vogel (R-47), Majority Chair, Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.

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