By working together, Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture and Team Pennsylvania will advance Pennsylvania’s agriculture sector and grow the commonwealth’s presence in regional, national, and global marketplaces — ensuring this industry remains a vibrant part of our state for generations to come.

Team Pennsylvania’s partnership with PA Department of Agriculture (PDA) began in 2016 and is supported by both a Memorandum of Understanding with the state agency in effect through 2024 and the Governor’s Executive Order 2017-06. To support the work of the partnership, Team Pennsylvania and PDA assembled a 25-member Agriculture Advisory Board of industry leaders that provide guidance to programmatic and policy activity.

OUR CURRENT PROJECTS & INITIATIVES:

Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Economic Impact

With a focus on long-term systems change driven by data, Team Pennsylvania worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) to release the Pennsylvania Agriculture: A Look at the Economic Impact and Future Trends report in 2018. For the first time in state history, this analysis defined the commonwealth’s unique agricultural landscape, quantified economic and workforce impacts, and outlined six policy and industry recommendations for a thriving future.  .  .  . READ MORE

Agriculture Advisory Board

Team PA and PDA entered into a formal partnership in early 2016 in order to explore ways to strengthen Pennsylvania’s agricultural sector. At that time, five leaders from the sector were nominated to serve as charter members of the Team PA Ag Advisory Board. They first convened at Ag Progress Days in August 2016 to discuss the mission and goals of the Advisory Board. By the inaugural meeting in January 2017 at the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show, 21 additional leaders in the sector were invited to join the board. The Board is co-chaired by Secretary Russell Redding and Scott Sechler, Chairman and President of Bell & Evans, a pioneer in the natural foods market as a leading producer of antibiotic-free chickens. Secretary Redding and Sechler also serve on the Team Pennsylvania’s Board of Directors.  .  .  . READ MORE

Dairy Development

In partnership with the Center for Dairy Excellence, Team Pennsylvania is building capacity for state and regional coordination of dairy development projects that support the industry. Specifically, Team Pennsylvania has worked to organize several Dairy Innovation Forums, serves as Co-Chair of Pennsylvania’s advisory committee to the New England Dairy Business Innovation Center, and represents Pennsylvania’s development interests in state, regional, and international dairy events. Team PA meets regularly with the Center for Dairy Excellence and PDA to coordinate dairy support efforts.

Hemp Summit

Organized by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Team Pennsylvania, The Pennsylvania Hemp Summit aims to increase the commonwealth’s shared knowledge and resources in order to inspire innovative investments and to form transformative partnerships in the hemp industry. The Pennsylvania Hemp Summit connects hemp farmers, processors, supporting industries and hemp industry experts, to provide an occasion to learn, network and grow the businesses that comprise the industry.

Visit PAHempSummit.com to learn more about The Pennsylvania Hemp Summit, including upcoming events and sponsorship opportunities.