Ag Department Plans Interactive Farm Show Exhibit

1/4/2014 7:00 AM

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Visitors to the 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show can learn how the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is keeping the state growing through a new interactive walk-through exhibit in the Maclay Street lobby.

“Part of our core mission is to encourage, protect and promote Pennsylvania agriculture, and staff will be on hand throughout the week to show what we do for producers and consumers alike,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “Our department takes this year’s show theme, PA Farms: Growing for You,’ to heart at all times.”

Learn about the department’s commitment to agriculture and to consumer protection through inspection services with displays within the exhibit and by speaking with representatives from each bureau and office.

Stop throughout the week for trivia contests and hands-on activities and experiences.

Greig will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling Program, which collected more than 125,000 pounds of containers in 2013, on the department’s stage adjacent to the exhibit at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9.

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, he will recognize two long-standing farm families through the Century and Bicentennial Farm Program. The program identifies families who have kept their farms for 100 and 200 years. Pennsylvania has 1,937 Century and 165 Bicentennial Farms.

Featured through the week:

Saturday, Jan. 4 — Dog Law Enforcement Office.

Sunday, Jan. 5 — Bureau of Ride and Measurement Standards.

Monday, Jan. 6 — Bureau of Market Development.

Tuesday, Jan. 7 — Bureau of Plant Industry and State Conservation Commission.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 — Bureaus of Animal Health and Farmland Preservation.

Thursday, Jan. 9 — Bureau of Food Distribution and State Horse and Harness Racing Commissions.

Friday, Jan. 10 — Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services.

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