Pennsylvania (WTAJ) – Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding kicked off his Ag Workforce Tour on Wednesday, November 9, visiting Pequea Valley High School in Kinsers, Pennsylvania, and farms in Chester and Lancaster counties.
This tour celebrates the agricultural jobs available after graduation and the programs in Pennsylvania that prepare you for these high-demand and rewarding careers.
“It’s no surprise that Pennsylvania has the highest percentage of farmers under the age of 35 in the nation,” says Redding. “You cannot feed the world without first nurturing young minds. , connects students to those opportunities through hands-on classroom experience and learning as an apprentice.”
At Pequea Valley High School in Kinsers, I visited a hands-on, award-winning program that included classes in agricultural mechanics, animal science, plant science, food science, and environmental science.
Then, at Chester Springs’ Birchrun Hill Farm creamery, the tour demonstrated sustainable crop production and innovative processing. AgConnect Industry Partnership.
Our final stop on today’s tour was Joel Meyers’ Farm in Elizabethtown. A family owned pig farm that receives management and animal health training through a partnership with AgVentures and Penn State Extension’s Animal Care Apprenticeship Program.
Both farms emphasize the technical and scientific aspects of careers in farm management and food production.
Pennsylvania’s $132.5 billion agricultural industry employs more than 593,000 people across the Commonwealth and pays nearly $33 billion in wages each year. As the industry innovates and current workers retire, new opportunities are constantly becoming available, from farm managers to high-tech equipment machinists, field biologists to entomologists to veterinarians. Everything must be prepared to adapt to changing consumer needs, new technologies and climate challenges.
through Agricultural Education Excellence Committeethe Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Education has produced a comprehensive agricultural education report for schools across the Commonwealth.
Working in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture and Education, a 15-member committee is responsible for developing a statewide agricultural education plan. In addition to the Commission, Wolf Management is investing in the next generation of farmers. Pennsylvania Farm Bill Programs such as Ag & Youth Grant Program, Farm to School Program, Farm Vitality Grant Program.
“For our first Ag Workforce Week, we will honor programs that support farming individuals and families, as well as the industry, across the state,” continued Redding. industry partnership State-registered apprenticeship programs are critical to building a stronger and more competitive industry through training, networking, recruitment and collaboration, taking agricultural careers to the next level. ”
At one point, Pennsylvania expected a labor shortage of 75,000 people as farmers and workers retired and new technology-based jobs became available. Gov. Tom Wolfe addressed this concern by creating and funding farm education opportunities through the PA Farm Bill and supporting farm apprentices who are preparing the next generation of farm and food workers. .
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