Team Pennsylvania advances Pennsylvania’s annual $132.5B agriculture sector and grows the commonwealth’s presence in regional, national, and global marketplaces — ensuring this industry remains a vibrant part of our state for generations to come.

CURRENT PROJECTS & PROGRAMS

Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Economic Impact

With a focus on long-term systems change driven by data, in 2018, we released the report Pennsylvania Agriculture: A Look at the Economic Impact and Future Trends. The first of its kind, this analysis defined ‘agriculture’ for the commonwealth, quantified the economic and workforce impacts, and outlined six policy and industry recommendations for a thriving future.

In 2021, the analysis was updated (The Economic Impact of Agriculture in Pennsylvania: 2021 Update) to understand recent trends, as well as examine the impacts of the PA Farm Bill programs and the COVID-19 pandemic. Using this data, the report also provides recommendations to inform industry and government leaders on critical next steps.

Agriculture Advisory Board

We regularly convene a 25-member advisory board of industry leaders who provide guidance to our programmatic activity and advise the strategic direction of agricultural economic & workforce development for the commonwealth’s agricultural industries. The advisory board is co-chaired by the Secretary of Agriculture and a private-sector leader, who both serve on Team Pennsylvania’s Board of Directors.

We have an active partnership with the PA Department of Agriculture (PDA) that began in 2016 and is supported by both a Memorandum of Understanding with the agency in effect through 2024 and the Governor’s Executive Order 2017-06.

Interested in learning more about the Agriculture Advisory Board? Contact Kelly Kundratic, Director of Agriculture Policy and Programs at Kelly@teampa.com.

Dairy Development

In partnership with the Center for Dairy Excellence (CDE), Team Pennsylvania provides local, regional, and state coordination and direction for dairy development. Specifically, Team Pennsylvania organizes annual Dairy Innovation Forums, serves as Co-Chair of Pennsylvania’s advisory committee to the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center, facilitated the Dairy Future Commission process, and continues to track the progress of the recommendations. We coordinate and provide third-party data, as well as represent Pennsylvania’s development interests in leadership meetings, and state, regional, and international dairy industry events. We serve as a collaborative partner with CDE, PDA, and other dairy organizations in these initiatives to support the economic contributions of the dairy industry to Pennsylvania.

Strategic Support for ‘Opportunity Industries’

We are flexible and tactical and can represent the commonwealth’s interests in new and growing industries of interest. Currently, this includes:

  • Coordinating hemp economic development activity within the state including business & leadership meetings; coordination with the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), PDA, and local entities.
  • Organizing the Pennsylvania Hemp Summit, which aims to increase the commonwealth’s shared knowledge and resources in order to inspire innovative investments and form transformative partnerships in the hemp industry. Since 2019, the annual event connects hemp farmers, processors, supporting industries, industry experts, economic development professionals, and the public sector to provide an occasion to learn, network, and grow the businesses that comprise the industry.
  • Assisting with the establishment of the PA Hemp Steering Committee (an advisory body to PDA) on which Team Pennsylvania now participates.
  • Representing Pennsylvania on a trade mission to the Netherlands to explore Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) expansion and applicability to the region.

We continually evaluate agriculture-specific and interdisciplinary economic development opportunities for Pennsylvania based on our economic impact study data, third-party analysis, insights from industry partners, and feedback from our Agriculture Advisory Board.