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Fifth Annual Winter Farmers Meeting a Success

Posted: February 29, 2016

Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center held fifth annual Winter Farmers Meeting with farmers from both Chiques and Conewago Creek watersheds.
PA Dept of Ag Secretary, Russell Redding.

PA Dept of Ag Secretary, Russell Redding.

On Thursday, February 25th, the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center hosted the fifth annual Winter Farmers Meeting at Acorn Farms in Mount Joy. Partners from the Conewago Creek Initiative and the Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance helped sponsor the event.

Over 60 people came out for the educational day, including 30 farmers, many agency representatives, and Secretary Russell Redding. With record attendance at the event, many farmers from both the Chiques and Conewago watersheds were able to connect with each other and learn about various conservation programs available to them, as well as cutting edge agricultural research from Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.  

Secretary Redding opened the day’s events with a discussion of the importance of agriculture in Pennsylvania, and the vital role farmers play in our state and conservation efforts. Following the Secretary’s remarks, two local watershed groups, the Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance and the Tri-County Conewago Creek Association, informed farmers of local efforts to improve water quality and overall community health.

Many state and local agencies and organizations presented various resources available to farmers, informing attendees of program requirements, purposes, and benefits. In addition, several farmers spoke about their experiences implementing conservation practices and provided advice for farmers who may be interested in participating in a conservation program in the future.

The Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center would like to thank all of the farmers and partners who attended the event and participated in the discussions. We look forward to many more successful Winter Farmers Meetings!