GARDNERS, Pa. — Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding feted the agriculture, cider, and apple industries for their impact on the commonwealth at a National Ag Day celebration in Adams County March 20.

The event, held at Big Hill Ciderworks, highlighted the emerging high-value industry of cider production, and the important role played by apple and fruit production.

Pennsylvania is home to 43 cideries and ranks sixth in the nation for cider sales. Additionally, recent data shows that participation in the cider industry can increase farm revenue by 166 percent and can generate $25 million in total economic impact.

“The cider industry has presented significant opportunities to Pennsylvania agriculture, including the creation of hundreds of jobs and additional revenue for our state,” Redding said.

The Agriculture Council of America created National Ag Day in 1973 to raise awareness of the critical role agriculture plays in American society. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf this week issued a proclamation observing the 2018 celebration and declaring March 18-24 as Agriculture Week in Pennsylvania.