DeLullo Trucking Corp. and The Woodbed Corp. of St. Marys hosted the 2012 Elk County Farm Bureau Legislative Farm Tour on Friday, showcasing the wood processing aspect of the timber industry.
As part of the 16th annual event, numerous government officials were present: State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield); Mark Adams from Sen. Scarnati's office; Deborah Pontzer from Congressman Glenn Thompson's (R-5) office; Elk County Commissioners; Brittany Caruso, regional organizational director of Region 6 of the Farm Bureau; St. Marys City Manager Dave Greene, Fox Township Supervisor Mike Keller; and St. Marys City Councilman Dick Dornisch. They were joined by Farm Bureau members and lumber industry representatives, including Bob and Amy Shields of St. Marys Lumber and Dick Cooney of Dave's Saw Shop and Cooney Logging of St. Marys.
"Many people don't realize timber is an agricultural commodity. Harvesting timber is similar to harvesting other crops, just on a longer scale," said Ernie Mattiuz, Elk County Farm Bureau vice-president and governmental director, noting both crops and timber are used in daily life.