UNIVERSITY PARK – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s State Agriculture Promotion Committee hosted its annual TASK (Together Advocacy Stimulates Knowledge) Conference on Saturday at the Penn Stater Hotel.
The conference, which encourages advocacy and knowledge, was host to more than 100 attendees with Gian Paul Gonzalez serving as the keynote speaker. Gonzalez, a renowned speaker, famous for his “All In” rally cry message for the New York Giants’ during their 2011 Super Bowl run. He is widely known for inspiring the team and has made numerous appearances on Fox News, ABC and CNN.
The Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation announced the results of its “Kiss A Pig 2.0” fundraiser, which eclipsed its fundraiser goal of $25,000 with a total of $25,132 raised for the foundation’s outreach efforts.
PFB president Rick Ebert and vice president Chris Hoffman competed against each other to see who could raise more money. Hoffman won the competition, so Ebert, a dairy farmer, had to dress up as a pig at the TASK Conference. With the foundation reaching its goal, Chris Hoffman, a pig farmer, will milk his first cow in celebration of reaching the benchmark.
The conference also featured multiple guest speakers, including Tina Goss, who serves as an Ag Lab teacher who presented a lesson on transforming corn into plastic.
Other breakout speakers including Julia Recko, who lectured on how to write children’s books, while Jennifer Albright and Heidi Florry spoke about podcasting.
Final breakout sessions included Jessica Herr and Emma Musser who presented on using social media from a Gen Z perspective, while Raechel Sattazhan and Christopher Szkutak spoke on growing agriculture in the classroom.