During the virtual 2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding has announced the availability of $500,000 through the Pennsylvania Farm Bill’s Ag and Youth Grant Program to fund projects such as ag education and workforce development programs, seminars and field trips, agricultural safety training, capital projects, or equipment purchases that will help to build a strong future workforce for Pennsylvania’s leading industry.
“We predict a shortfall in the agriculture workforce in the coming years as more older farmers retire and new, more technological jobs are created,” Redding said. “The remedy is education and awareness. By sparking an early interest in agriculture through hands-on programs, we cultivate future industry leaders. Agriculture offers a variety of satisfying, family-sustaining jobs.