WEST MEAD TOWNSHIP —
Uttering words of humble homage to those who’ve gone before them, George Greig, Jeffrey Raney and Dennis Archacki accepted their agriculture awards Sunday afternoon at the Crawford County Fair.
Greig of Linesville, who serves as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Agriculture, and Raney, a dairy farmer in the Adamsville area, were inducted into the Crawford County Agricultural Hall of Fame, while Dennis Archacki Excavating of Saegertown was honored with the Ag-Industry Award in ceremonies at the Youth Show Area. They also were presented with citations from the Pennsylvania House and Senate.
The Hall of Fame award honors those with exemplary records of service to the local agricultural community; the Ag-Industry Award honors longtime businesses that demonstrate both excellent customer service and that have given back to the agricultural community.
Winners are chosen from nominations submitted by those active in local agriculture.
Each was introduced and described as having both a true love of agriculture and respect for others.
Each man credited his family with being supportive in his activities both within and outside the world of agriculture.
Noting the list of past recipients of the Hall of Fame award (which dates back to 1981), Greig said, “To be a part of them is truly an honor.”
Raney told the crowd he’s always enjoyed working for and with farmers and learning from each of them. “Learning never stops,” he said.
Archacki said, “If it wasn’t for farmers, I wouldn’t be up here today.”
“I love taking a piece of land and making it look like something for somebody,” Archacki told the Tribune.
Archacki has been involved in the agricultural community his entire life.
“Agriculture has always been in my blood,” he said. “My grandfather always told me if you treat people with respect, give them a full day’s work and an honest price, you’ll not have what seems like work.”
He first began assisting his uncle, Mike Plementosh, with farm chores and crops when his grandfather, Matt Plementosh, suffered a severe heart attack in 1974.
After the death of his grandfather in 1977, Archacki began working with Craig and Carol Powell on their dairy farm until 1984. At that time he learned to operate heavy equipment with Joe Arendash Farm Power Contracting, which introduced him to conservation work — tilling fields, building ponds and waterways, land clearing and more. Following his employment with Arendash he began working with Reynolds Barn Equipment in Edinboro.
After the death of his grandmother in 1988, Archacki returned to assist his uncle on the farm. In May 1988, he purchased his first bulldozer and after working for several contractors, started his own business with his wife, April, in the fall of 1992. In 1998, he began working side-by-side with many farmers and their families after being contacted by Carl Pelino of the Natural Resources Conservation Service.