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Smart Talk: Live from PA Farm Show

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 13, 2015 4:27 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, January 14, 2015:

Wednesday's Smart Talk will be broadcast live from the 2015 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Secretary of Agriculture George Grieg appears on the program to provide a brief "state of agriculture in Pennsylvania" report.  It will include a look into the future and the challenges that farmers face.

Agriculture is often referred to as the number one industry in Pennsylvania.  There was a day when that meant most of those working in agriculture actually lived and worked on a farm.  Today the Ag industry includes anyone who works with food -- producers, processors, or servers and a whole host of other jobs.  On Wednesday's program, we'll explore careers in agriculture with Scott Sheely of the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board and two Penn State students -- Alyssa Maxwell, an animal science major, and Emily Newman an environmental management major.

New products are often introduced or at least become more widely known at the Farm Show.  This year's coming out party is for High Oleic soybean oil.  It can be used to replace vegetable oils with fried foods and is healthier since it is low in saturated fats and has no trans fats.  Michael Gerhart, Vice Chairman of the Pennsylvania Soybean Board joins us to explain.

Finally, how about a pulled pork sandwich or other tasty meal or treat using pork?  Amy Bradford, the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Pork producers Council and PennAg Industries Association discusses pork production in the state and can point you to some delicious recipes as well.

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