Harrisburg - Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding recognized four honorees for their efforts in "Keeping Pennsylvania Growing" on Friday, Jan. 7, at the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm Show reception in Harrisburg.
"Tonight we gather to celebrate the Pennsylvania Farm Show and the leaders who have driven the success of Pennsylvania's agriculture industry over the past year," said Redding. "Since the first show was held 95 years ago, much has changed in our state and in our industry; yet the purpose of the show remains the same - to showcase the technology, products and people who are leading the agriculture industry.
"I thank the leaders who have been at the helm of industry advancements in the many years since that first show for their unwavering commitment to keeping Pennsylvania growing."
The winners are:
Governor Edward G. Rendell for his support of Pennsylvania agriculture. From the creation of the First Industries Fund, which helps ensure the state's agriculture industry has the financial resources it needs to grow, to the Agriculture, Communities and Rural Environmental Act, or ACRE, which brings balance between long-standing farm operations and growing residential communities, Governor Rendell has ensured agriculture remains a vital sector of the economy and is well positioned for growth.
The Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators for their outstanding work in the classroom and invaluable role in the state's fairs and Pennsylvania Farm Show, guiding the next generation of agriculturalists to learn by doing and live by serving.
The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association for the important role of their veterinary medical professional members on the farm and at the clinic to be the front line defenders of animal welfare and human health.
WITF Media for their responsible telling of the story of Pennsylvania agriculture - from food safety and dairy policy to the economic impact of county and community fairs - making the industry accessible and understandable to their listeners, viewers and readers across central Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 290 commercial exhibitors. The eight day show is Jan. 8-15, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. Admission is free and parking is $10.
For more information, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.
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