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Ag. Sect’y Redding announces ‘return’ of Pa. Farm Show in 2022

By: - September 16, 2021 1:56 pm

Garret McCall’s winning butter sculpture debuted Thursday at Vale Wood Farms in Cambria County. (Department of Agriculture photo).

Speaking from a farm in Cambria County, state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced that the 2022 Farm Show will be held live in Harrisburg after closing to visitors and going virtual during the pandemic. 

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The 106th Farm Show will be held at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg from Jan. 8 – 15, 2022, the Department of Agriculture confirmed. The theme for the 2022 Farm Show will be “harvesting more.”

“After cultivating virtually in 2021, it’s only natural that we Harvest More in 2022 as we join together in Harrisburg once again, we’ll showcase a harvested bounty of innovative projects, sustainable practices, empowered agriculturalists, engaged youth and inspiring stories of our powerful agriculture industry,” Redding said Thursday.

While the Farm Show will take place in-person next year, Redding said that some of the virtual programming utilized last year will continue. 

“We will continue to offer a sampling of those,” [virtual offerings] Redding said. “We want to keep that available.”

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Noting recent successes made possible by the Pennsylvania Farm Bill, including more than 12,500 agricultural producers 35 or younger, preserving more than 600,000 acres of farmland and increased engagement in Farm-to-School programs, Redding said the department and the Farm Show would emphasize the future of the agriculture industry in Pennsylvania. 

“Think about this as a celebration of the future,” Redding said. “We look forward to harvesting more with Pennsylvania.”

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