Thompson, Secretary Redding Discuss Importance of Agriculture to Commonwealth’s Economy

Aug 18, 2015 Issues: Agriculture, Allegheny National Forest

Pennsylvania Furnace, PA –Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05), chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, and a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, today joined with Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding in hosting a “Barnyard Discussion” on agriculture policy during Penn State University’s Ag Progress Days. 

“This is an important annual event which brings together people in the agriculture community from across the Commonwealth and the nation,” Thompson said.  “Ag Progress provides a great venue to hear from farmers about the challenges they are facing, but also to share information about the state of agriculture in Pennsylvania.  I want to thank Penn State University for hosting this wonderful discussion and Secretary Redding for his participation.”

Thompson discussed the 2014 Farm Bill, which includes important provisions in regard to research, dairy, conservation, forestry and nutrition.  He also mentioned an upcoming discussion, on Monday, August 24, in Pleasant Gap, regarding school nutrition.

“Agriculture is Pennsylvania’s leading economic driver and this region is one of our state’s most important farming areas,” Redding said.  “We appreciate Congressman Thompson’s continued focus on agriculture across the Commonwealth, whether it is policies affecting family farms or the importance of the Allegheny National Forest.”

The “Barnyard Discussion” is in its seventh consecutive year as part of Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, which is the Commonwealth’s largest outdoor agricultural exposition.