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That's a Wrap: Pennsylvania Farm Show by the Numbers
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 01/19/2022

The 106th Pennsylvania Farm Show concluded over the weekend, honoring the Pennsylvania farmers and producers who demonstrate what it means to be Harvesting More: more innovative projects, more sustainable practices, more access for all to quality local food, more engaged youth who will shape our industry and more growth for the industry that feeds our nation and our world.

"This year's Farm Show served as a tribute to the agricultural community," said Secretary Russell Redding. "Over the past eight days, it has been a privilege to showcase the individuals who embody what it means to be Harvesting More. Pennsylvania agriculture is rural and urban. It's livestock producers, urban gardeners, food processors, charitable food system partners, youth and so many more. Each exhibitor, vendor and visitor at the PA Farm Show is unique, but there is commonality in our mission. We are Harvesting More, together."

The eight-day event showcased agricultural and commercial exhibitions, livestock, educational demonstrations and more.

Pennsylvania agriculture is a $132.5 billion impact on commonwealth's economy annually and supports more than 590,000 jobs across the state. The 2022 Farm Show theme, Harvesting More, portrayed how the agriculture industry continues Harvesting More to create a more bountiful, food-secure and sustainable world.

Here's a sampling of how the PA Farm Show is Harvesting More:

- 17 Calves born at the Calving Corner, 12 heifer calves and 5 bull calves.

- 360 chicks hatched.

- 12,000 pounds of milk produced by dairy cows.

- Nearly 1,800 butterflies delighted guests in the butterfly tent.

- 15 college scholarships totaling $52,500, were awarded to agriculture students by the Farm Show Scholarship Foundation.

- Over $385,025 raised at the Sale of Champions and Jr. Market Livestock Sale. A portion of the proceeds will fund Farm Show Scholarship Foundation scholarships in 2023.

- 33 animals donated by purchasers at the Jr. Market Livestock Sale to Central PA Foodbank and Pennsylvania's charitable food network, to result in 3,300 pounds of beef, pork, lamb and goat meat that will feed hungry neighbors across the state.

- 432 first year FFA students from across the commonwealth earned their distinctive blue corduroy coats at the 93rd FFA Mid-Winter Convention held annually at the Farm Show.

- Half-ton of butter in the 2022 butter sculpture, demonstrating Pennsylvania farmers Harvesting More, together. The butter sculpture, to be disassembled Sunday by 4-H members, goes to a methane digester on a farm and is converted to renewable energy.

- PA Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is one million square feet.

- 71 Blue Ribbon Apple Pie entries.

- 47 cooking demonstrations at the Culinary Connection stage.

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