Tom Wolf, GovernorRussell Redding, Secretary
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Special Advisor to the Governor for Agriculture

Barron L. “Boots” Hetherington

Boots Hetherington was appointed as the Special Advisor to the Governor for Agriculture. He is the ambassador on issues facing rural communities, the agriculture industry and state/federal agriculture partnerships. Boots also administers the fair fund and works on special projects.

Boots graduated from Penn State in 1975 with a degree in engineering. After a six year career in manufacturing management in the Charmin Paper Division of Procter and Gamble, he returned to his roots of full time farming.

Throughout his career in production agriculture, Boots has served in many leadership roles. He is board member and past chairperson of the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association as well as a member and past chairperson of the Schuylkill County Conservation District. He is a former member of the Penn State University Board of Trustees and a board member of the Pennsylvania Master Farmers Association. He was appointed to the Pennsylvania USDA Farm Agency Service State Committee under President George W. Bush and is an active member of both the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Pennsylvania Grange.

On the local level, Boots serves Union Township as an auditor and member of the Union Township Ag Security Area Board. He is a member of the trustee board and adult choir member of the local United Methodist Church.

Boots received the Pennsylvania Master Farmer Award in 1996 and the Penn State Schuylkill Campus Outstanding Alumni Award in 2008. The Hetheringtons own the first preserved farm in Schuylkill County. In 2008, they received national recognition by Successful Farming Magazine for completely restoring their 1860 bank barn.

Boots and wife Robin own B & R Farms in Schuylkill County, where they reside. Daughters Katie, Morgan and Blair represent the seventh consecutive generation to live on the Hetherington homestead. The Hetheringtons farm 400 acres of grain, hay, vegetables and small fruit. They are best known for their "Pick-Your-Own" strawberry patch. They also operate a retail greenhouse selling hanging baskets and annual flowers.

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