The state of agriculture in Pennsylvania

Agriculture is touted as Pennsylvania’s number one industry. It has a wide-ranging impact from the food we eat to the businesses that sell or serve that food.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show, that is going on now, is the world’s largest indoor agricultural exhibition, that highlights and celebrates the state’s products and farmers every January. It also is a good time to get a “State of Agriculture in Pennsylvania.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected farming over the past two years. Like many other industries there aren’t enough workers and price inflation has hit farmers hard. But Pennsylvania has generally had weather that was conducive to a longer growing season over the past year and farmers got good prices for their products.

Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding appears on Thursday’s Smart Talk to discuss what he calls an “extraordinary” year for farmers.