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Agriculture Secretary Launches ‘Cultivating Tomorrow’ Farm Show Panel Series: Your Invitation to Engage in Issues Challenging Pennsylvania’s Top Industry

01/11/2021

Harrisburg, PA - Today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding will launch “Cultivating Tomorrow,” a series of live panel discussions engaging experts from across the agriculture spectrum to delve into the issues challenging Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry. Twice a day, at 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM, Monday, January 11 through Friday, January 15, a diverse array of panelists will explore the technologies, initiatives and investments that will carry the industry into the future. Viewers are invited to join the virtual conversation on the PA Farm Show Facebook page.

 “This panel series is built on the foundation of what we as a state, in partnership with private industry, higher education and non-profits, are doing now and must continue to do to grow our economy and feed the world,” Secretary Redding said. “We hope you’ll get engaged in the conversation and the issues that are crucial to the people of agriculture who sustain our lives.”

A summary of daily panels follows.

Monday, January 11, 10:00 AM – Cultivating Innovation – How Research is Transforming the Agriculture IndustryCrop yield, vaccines, water quality, food borne illness and equipment efficiency are among a wide range of research transforming the agriculture industry as science and innovation spark solutions to challenges farmers and consumers experience every day. Secretary Redding joins leading scientists from Penn State College of Agriculture, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Rodale Institute and the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory to discuss research funded by the department.

Monday, January 11, 8:00 PM – Cultivating Access for All – Why Agriculture and Food Security Unite Us All COVID-19 has turned Pennsylvania upside down and forced thousands out of jobs, but we are not willing to accept hunger as our next pandemic. Pennsylvania’s strong agricultural heritage and dedication to supporting those in need creates a strong foundation for ensuring food security. First Lady Frances Wolf and charitable food system leaders from Feeding Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Food Policy Council, PASA Sustainable Agriculture, Philabundance and the state’s Fresh Food Financing Initiative will provide insights on how Pennsylvania is supporting the charitable food system. 

Tuesday, January 12, 10:00 AMCultivating Excellence – How Pennsylvania’s Centers for Excellence are Strengthening Animal AgriculturePennsylvania is a leader in animal agriculture production. As animal agriculture grows, investment in dairy, poultry and livestock sectors remains critical to maintaining a safe, reliable food supply. Secretary Redding, Deputy Secretary Greg Hostetter, the Center for Beef Excellence, the Center for Dairy Excellence, and the Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence, and Delaware Valley University will discuss grant opportunities, emerging markets, on-farm biosecurity, research, and other programs making Centers for Excellence unique resources for PA farmers. 

Tuesday, January 12, 8:00 PM Cultivating the Future – How Ag Education & Youth Organizations are Creating the Leaders of TomorrowKids are the future. Learn how today’s youth are discovering opportunities in agriculture through agriculture education and youth organizations. Members of 4-H, FFA, MANRRS and the Agriculture Education Commission will join Secretary Redding to discuss how youth can become involved in agriculture.

Wednesday, January 13, 10:00 AMCultivating Insight: A Townhall Meeting to Address Agricultural Challenges, Achievements and Future OpportunityStrengthening the agriculture and food industries is a common goal. Join Secretary Russell Redding and Penn State College of Agricultural Science's Dean Richard Roush as they discuss challenges, achievements and future opportunities for the agriculture industry.

Wednesday, January 13, 8:00 PMCultivating Impact: A Year’s Review of Pennsylvania's First Farm BillAs the agriculture industry grows and changes, it must be supported in new ways to ensure its future success. The PA Farm Bill invests in Pennsylvania agriculture to grow opportunities and resources, remove barriers to entry, and inspire future generations of agriculture leaders in. Farm Bill grant recipients, Senate Agriculture Committee leadership and Secretary Redding will highlight successes and unveil how the Farm Bill continues to cultivate impact.

Thursday, January 14, 10:00 AMCultivating Diversity: How Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are Strengthening AgricultureWe must feed equality to feed the future. The Department of Agriculture is committed to combatting injustices that have prevented equal access to opportunity throughout the agriculture industry. Secretary Redding joins leaders from Feed the Barrel, Agribility, MANRRS, the National Young Farmers Grant program and others to discuss Cultivating Diversity.

Thursday, January 14, 8:00 PMCultivating Sustainability: Discover Farm Conservation Practices that Reduce Our Environmental FootprintKeeping Pennsylvania growing means being good stewards of our natural resources. Secretary Redding joins environmental leaders from the State Conservation Commission, No-Till Alliance, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Penn State College of Agriculture and others to highlight investments in conservation and sustainability to protect our natural resources for tomorrow. Topics will include water quality, farmland preservation, climate-smart agriculture and reducing food waste.

Friday, January 15, 10:00 AMCultivating Commerce: How the Agriculture and Food Industries Strengthen the Economy Secretary Redding will join Team Pennsylvania Foundation and other economic development leaders to discuss consumer trends, market access, e-commerce and new areas of growth that will benefit Pennsylvania's agriculture and food industries.

Friday, January 15, 8:00 PMCultivating Tomorrow: The New Faces of AgricultureAgriculture is evolving – so are the faces of agriculture. Join Secretary Redding and young agriculture professionals as they discuss how they became involved in the industry and their career pathways in animal science, food processing, agriculture research and production agriculture.

For the most up-to-date information on the virtual 2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show, like the Pennsylvania Farm Show on Facebook, follow @PAFarmShow on Instagram, and visit farmshow.pa.gov.

Notes for media: Visit the Media tab at farmshow.pa.gov for a 2021 Social Media Toolkit, links to press releases, photo gallery, contacts and more.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shannon Powers - PA Department of Agriculture - 717-603-2056, shpowers@pa.gov

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