Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding was joined by youth agriculture leaders to open the 2022 Pennsylvania Farm Show, showcasing how hands-on learning opportunities are shaping the next generation of agriculturalists.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show runs January 8-15 and is the largest indoor agricultural exposition under one roof in the nation, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits.
“This Farm Show is a tribute to all who keep agriculture moving, especially our youth who are the future of the industry,” said Redding. “This year’s Farm Show theme is Harvesting More. This past year, it has been a privilege to meet the individuals embody Harvesting More. The faces of Pennsylvania agriculture are rural and urban. They are livestock producers, urban gardeners, food processors, charitable food system partners, youth and more. Each story is unique, but there is commonality in our mission – feeding the commonwealth and the world.
We are Harvesting More, together, and the programming and professional development associated with the Pennsylvania Farm Show is harvesting a bright future for Pennsylvania agriculture.”
Pennsylvania agriculture is a $132.5 billion industry that supports nearly 53,000 farms and more than 593,000 jobs each year. To ensure agriculture’s prosperity for food to remain available, accessible and affordable, a new generation of agricultural workers is needed as farmers retire and new technology-based positions become available.