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Price awarded organization’s Distinguished Service award
By SEAN CLOUGHERTY
OCEAN CITY, Md. (Dec. 15, 2015) — Taking the stage with his wife Mickey at the Maryland Farm Bureau convention banquet, a surprised and humble Richard Price accepted the Distinguished Service to Farm Bureau Award.
Price grew up and still lives on his family’s farm in northern Baltimore County.
Price said growing up, he worked on the farm but planned on leaving the farm noting he had aspirations to be a doctor.
“As we grew up, Dad was most excited about our farm,” he told the crowded banquet room of about 800 people. “But I knew I didn’t want to be a farmer,” he said.
But Price said he found himself at a crossroads while traveling in Europe between years at Duke University. While resting in small chapel only a few years after World War II ended, he said he was overcome by all the crosses in the chapel marking the deaths of people in the town during the war.
“I saw the devastation that happened in World War II,” Price said. “I thought about the money my father was spending to send me to school and I suddenly started to figure out those dollars could buy so many cow.s”
After college, Price restarted the family’s dairy operation that had ceased in 1941 and continued in dairy until 1979.
He still pastures beef cattle on about 150 acres of the remaining 340 acres of the farm in Phoenix, Md.
During his farming career, Price has served on numerous farm and community organizations.
He has been a Maryland Farm Bureau member since 1952, and held many leadership roles in the Baltimore County Farm Bureau, which his father helped to found 95 years ago.
Price was integral in founding the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation and remains an advisor to the organization. He’s also served on the boards of the Hereford Junior Farm Fair, Southern States Cooperative, County Bank, Sparks State Bank, and the Maryland Agriculture Commission.
“He has always been a valued advisor and mentor to many in the farm community who say he leads by example,” said Maryland Farm Bureau President Chuck Fry, presenting the award. He also is active in the Methodist Church, the Timonium Optimist Club and GBMC Medical Center.
Price said his community involvement was a quality his father instilled in all his children and it’s helped him a lot personally and professionally.
“If you can be involved in the community you will feel good inside,” he said. “You’ll get lots of reward in your heart.”