Christine Oellig Bashore
Christine (Oellig) Bashore graduated from NL in 2007. She attended Penn State Berks to study Agriculture Business, and she also studied Sonography at Lancaster General. While at NL, Bashore had the opportunity to travel to Ecuador through the FFA chapter. She also competed at the national level on an FFA Parliamentary Procedure team. She was NL’s 2006-07 FFA chapter president from, and she served as the 2007-08 State FFA Sentinel. At the National FFA convention, Bashore was awarded the American Degree, FFA’s highest honor. Through her involvement in 4-H and FFA, Bashore has had many opportunities to serve our community as a spokesman for agriculture. In 2008, she represented the PA Young Farmers as a spokesman for Agriculture, and she also traveled to Mexico as an ambassador for Agriculture and the PA FFA. She served as the Lebanon County 4-H Livestock Club President where she was recognized as Outstanding Senior Member.
Bashore is employed as an Associate Agent at the Kathy Barry Agency LLC, where she specializes in Agribusiness and Farm Insurance. Additionally, she serves as the Dauphin County Farm Bureau President. Through the Farm Bureau, she is part of the PA Ag Promotions Committee and the Lebanon County Farm City Committee. The organization serves the community with initiatives like Rural Road Safety Week, Ag Literacy Week, hosting Legislative events, and donating through Farmers Care (a program that recognizes farmers’ commitment to raising healthy food for the local community).
Bashore currently resides on a crop farm in Lebanon, PA with her husband, Ricki R. Bashore, Jr. and their family. They also operate a dairy farm in Halifax, PA. Together they have five children who are all involved in agriculture; their oldest son, Kyle, helps manage their 700-cow dairy facility. Bashore enjoys farm life and promoting agriculture education. She takes advantage of opportunities to give back to 4-H and FFA by donating to and sponsoring events, volunteering as a judge for contests, and supporting the local fair. The thing that Bashore most appreciated about her time at NL was “the support NL gives our agriculture education and FFA program. I believe nothing could have offered me more leadership experiences, education, and personal growth.” The following is Bashore’s advice for current NL students: Don’t be afraid of failure, because that fear will be the thing that holds you back from success. I attended two colleges with two different majors and never graduated. I am thankful for the experience and never regret my time spent.