2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show highlights opportunities for the future of farming

  • Rachel McDevitt/StateImpact Pennsylvania

(Harrisburg) — The 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show kicks off this weekend.

The theme for the show is “Imagine the Opportunities.”

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding on Monday recruited a duckling that he’d named Opportunity to help give a tour of the upcoming farm show.

They highlighted farmers working in organic poultry, industrial hemp, and soil conservation.

Redding said people are increasingly interested in how their food is grown and where it comes from.

He said the show gives farmers a platform to answer those questions.

Rachel McDevitt / WITF

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding places a duckling into an observation tank at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on Monday, December 30, 2019.

“And that’s where this intersection between producer and consumer meet and we want to tell that story and use the full eight days that we have to tell the great story of agriculture in Pennsylvania,” Redding said.

About 585,000 Pennsylvanians work in agriculture, but only half those jobs are directly tied to the farm.

Redding said he hopes the show will help young people see what job opportunities exist in the industry, from life on the farm to careers in distribution and technology.

“Most of us think about–when we say agriculture–we think of the farmer, right?” Redding said. “We don’t think about all of those other related positions and opportunities and I think that’s the piece that we want to sort of highlight.”

The event runs from Saturday, Jan. 4th to Saturday, Jan. 11th at the Farm Show complex in Harrisburg.

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