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100th Pennsylvania Farm Show Highlights Agricultural Heritage
1/15/2016
By State Rep. Steve Mentzer (R-Lititz)

This week in Harrisburg be sure to visit the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show, located at the intersection of Interstate 81 and Route 322. The theme is “Our Commonwealth’s Blue Ribbon Experience,” for the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 6,000 animals, 13,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial vendors.

Hundreds of thousands of residents will be sure to visit this week-long celebration of Pennsylvania’s leading industry. The first Farm Show was held in Harrisburg under the leadership of Agricultural Secretary Charles E. Patton in 1917. Twenty-two years later, construction would begin on the Farm Show Complex in 1929. The facility would officially open to the public in 1931.

Statewide, agriculture has a $67 billion total economic impact and one in seven jobs are agriculture related. Over 7.75 million acres of Pennsylvania is farmland, more than 11 times the size of Lancaster County. Sixty-eight percent of Lancaster County is farmland and we are one of the largest agricultural-producing counties across the state, earning us the nickname as the “Garden Spot of America.”

Here are some interesting facts about farming in Lancaster County:
• Lancaster County has the most preserved farmland in the United States, with nearly 105,000 acres preserved.
• Our county has the most productive non-irrigated farming in the country.
• We have the most laying hens of any county in the United States. Nine million people a year enjoy eggs from our farms.
• We have the most dairy cows of any county in Pennsylvania. 10.6 million people drink milk from Lancaster County’s dairy farms.
• The market value of products sold from Lancaster County farms is $1.5 billion annually—the most in the state.
• Lancaster County is the No. 1 producer of energy from farm waste in the state.

For more information and a schedule of events, please visit: farmshow.state.pa.us.

I hope you enjoy your visit to the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show! Be sure to stop by the food court for a milkshake!

Representative Steven Mentzer
97th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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