New ag advisory board established

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Jim Daily, Youngsville, Pennsylvania, grows potatoes, corn, tomatoes and cucumbers near the banks of the Allegheny River.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A new 25-member advisory board consisting of executive leaders representing Pennsylvania’s agriculture sector and industries met in mid-January to chart a course for growth in the state’s food and fiber industries.

Board

State Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding will serve as co-chair of the new Team PA Agriculture Advisory Board along with Scott Sechler, chairman and president of Bell and Evans.

Sechler also serves on the board of directors for the Team Pennsylvania Foundation.

The new agriculture advisory board is part of a partnership established last year between the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Team PA.

Projects

Among the projects the board will address first: developing a 10-year strategic plan for the industry; identifying needs and opportunities to develop a trained workforce that can fill an estimated 75,000 expected vacancies in the food and fiber industries by 2025; and assessing inhibitors to growth by doing a comparative assessment of best economic development practices and strategies in other states.

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