The 108th Pennsylvania Farm Show wrapped up eight days of the 2024 Pennsylvania State Fair™ yesterday, connecting hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Pennsylvanians who feed, clothe, and fuel our families and communities daily, and are the foundation of our economy.
Today at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding honored six families whose farms had been in the same family for more than 100 years. Among the farms recognized was Robert F. Cochran’s Chester County farm, only the second in the state to reach the Tricentennial Farm milestone. Other farms recognized were in Lehigh, Montgomery, Perry, and Union counties.
Today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced the recipients of $300,000 in Veterans in Agriculture Grants to connect military veterans to opportunities in farming. Adjutant General of Pennsylvania Major General Mark Schindler joined Redding to make the announcement during Military Appreciation Day at the 108th Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Pennsylvania First Lady Lori Shapiro joined demonstrated a treasured recipe with locally grown food on the PA Preferred® Culinary Connection stage at the 108th Pennsylvania Farm Show and celebrate the best of Pennsylvania agriculture.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced $498,161 in PA Farm Bill Agriculture & Youth Grants awarded to 47 organizations in 24 counties, funding projects that prepare youth to succeed in Pennsylvania’s $132.5 billion agriculture industry. Students and educators from Fox Chase Farm, the School District of Philadelphia’s 112-acre demonstration farm, and Variety – the Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley joined Secretary Redding to make the announcement in the 2024 PA Farm Show’s So You Want to Be a Farmer area, where anyone can learn how to raise food or flowers for fun, for profit, or for a new career.
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Lt. Governor Austin Davis, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and other Shapiro Administration cabinet officials were joined by U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson, Senator Judy Schwank, other state and local officials and Pennsylvania agriculture industry leaders to officially open the 2024 PA Farm Show. The 2024 Farm Show theme, Connecting Our Communities, celebrates the best of Pennsylvania agriculture — the industry that supports 593,000 jobs and contributes $132.5 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy every year.
A Table for All: Pennsylvania Dairy Connects Communities
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding led a tour of must-see exhibits, new events, competitions — and of course, food — to be featured during the 2024 PA Farm Show. The 2024 Farm Show theme, Connecting Our Communities, celebrates the best of Pennsylvania agriculture and what unites us across geography, identities, and cultures.
The Department of Agriculture today reminds all poultry owners – backyard flocks and commercial producers – to keep their guard up to protect their birds from highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). After a lull in detections for several months, Pennsylvania has detected a new case of avian influenza in a game bird flock in Lower Mahanoy Township, Northumberland County.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding invites Pennsylvanians to taste the finest Pennsylvania-produced food and drinks while connecting with the producers at the 108th PA Farm Show’s PA Preferred® Reception. The Friday, January 5th reception will be the official kickoff for the 2024 Farm Show, the Pennsylvania State Fair™.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced the singers who will perform the "Star-Spangled Banner" daily and at special events during the 2024 Farm Show. Thirteen-year-old Thea Sten, of Schuylkill Haven in Schuylkill County, received the most social media votes in the 2024 PA Farm Show National Anthem contest, 'Oh, Say Can You Sing?'. She will sing live at the 108th Farm Show Opening Ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday January 6, 2024.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today invited Pennsylvania singers to enter “Oh, Say, Can You Sing?”, a star-spangled sing-off to win a chance to sing live at the 2024 PA Farm Show — the Pennsylvania State Fair™. Each morning, from January 6-13, the Farm Show will start by featuring an individual or group singing the national anthem live. Top vote-getters may also be selected to sing at special events such as the Opening Ceremony on January 6.
The Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) returned to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg Friday, Sept. 29 for its 66th year, bringing two weekends of livestock competitions and exhibitions featuring 1,000-plus competitors from 27 states, as well as agriculture career development, and free family fun. The East Coast’s largest livestock show includes a national 4-H, FFA, and collegiate team and individual judging competition, along with thousands North America’s best cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, alpacas, and horses in action in dozens of widely varied competitions.
2024 Pennsylvania State Fair™ will connect the $132.5 billion PA Agriculture industry to lives positively impacted daily by its success.
The 59th All-American Dairy Show concluded Wednesday, September 20 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center with Ayrshire Margot Precious shown by Kurt Wolf of Guttenberg, Iowa, named Supreme Champion. Milking Shorthorn heifer Lands-Brook KNH Chili Pepper, shown by Peter Vail of Salem, New York, won Supreme Junior Grand Champion.
The All-American Dairy Show and Premier National Jr. Show return to Harrisburg for the 59th year at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. The event features four days of competitions from Sunday, September 17 through Wednesday, September 20, highlighting more than 1,500 youth and adult contenders from across the U.S. showing the best of seven dairy cattle breeds, and competing in judging and youth development critical to the future of a vibrant dairy industry. Supporting the volunteer-run national show is part of the Shapiro Administration's commitment to growing and sustaining Pennsylvania's dairy industry.