Rural Policy Summit on Agriculture Set for January 14

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania will hold the Rural Policy Summit: Agriculture on January 14 at 9 a.m. via Zoom. This is the sixth and final summit in the series.

“From the ever-expanding organic foods market to the implementation of cutting-edge technology in farming, we know that Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry has undergone significant changes over the years,” says Dr. Kyle C. Kopko, Center executive director. “This session will feature a panel of policy experts who will discuss how they see the agriculture industry changing in the next five to 10 years, and discuss policies that can help support our farmers and agricultural producers and processors.”

The summit panelists are: Senator Elder Vogel, Chair, Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee; Senator Judy Schwank, Democratic Chair, Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee; Representative Dan Moul, Chair, House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, and Center Board Member; and Representative Eddie Day Pashinski, Democratic Chair, House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, and Center Board Vice Chairman. Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding will provide opening comments and participate in the panel.

Dr. Timothy Kelsey, professor of Agricultural Economics at The Pennsylvania State University and Center Board Member, and Mark Critz, Western Regional Director and Executive Director of the Rural Development Council with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, will moderate the session. 

The series is being cohosted by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, Pennsylvania Rural Development Council, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Pennsylvania Downtown Center, and Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank’s Community Development and Regional Outreach Department. 

Attendees are asked to register in advance.

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