A longtime employee of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau has been named the 2012 recipient of the Blair County Chamber's Agricultural Community Excellence (ACE) Award.
Kelly Ritchey, a 30-year employee of the bureau, has been an account supervisor and farm consultant who has helped hundreds of people in the agriculture community to more effectively handle some of the financial challenges associated with doing business.
The award was started as a continuation and expansion of the Chamber's successful Farm Family of the Year Award, initiated in 1970. It is an effort by the Chamber to recognize all facets that make agriculture a primary industry in the county.
Ritchey will receive the ACE Award at the Chamber's Annual Farm-City Dinner Oct. 30 at The Park at Morrisons Cove.