PACAA Members Represent Association at Pennsylvania State Council of Farm Organizations Annual Meeting

Two members of the Pennsylvania Association of County Agricultural Agents represented their group at the Pennsylvania State Council of Farm Organizations Annual Meeting on Febraury 7.

PACAA member Bob Leiby, standing far left, moderated panel of agricultural educational leaders from PSU, University of Pennsylvania, and Delaware Valley College.

PACAA member Bob Leiby, standing far left, moderated panel of agricultural educational leaders from PSU, University of Pennsylvania, and Delaware Valley College.

The purpose of the Pennsylvania State Council of Farm Organizations is to advocate a constructive legislative agenda that protects and promotes the Commonwealth's agricultural interests.   It is also a chance to network with the agricultural communitiy to to discuss challenges and opportunities across Agri-business sectors.

The Pennsylvania Association of County Agricultural Agents (PACAA) is a part of this group and two members, Bob Leiby and Tom Butzler, traveled to Harrisburg on February 7 to participate in the Pennsylvania State Council of Farm Organizations annual meeting. 

It was a good chance to listen to agricultural leaders in education talk about challenges and opportunities for their respective institutions.  PACAA member Bob Leiby moderated a discussion with Bruce A. McPheron, PhD, Penn State School of Agricultural Sciences; Russel Redding, Dean, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Delaware Valley College; and Thomas J. van Winkle, DVM, VDM, Associate Dean for Education, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

This panel discussion was followed up by a panel of legislative leaders.  The Hon. John Maher, Majority Chair, House Agricultural & Rural Affairs Committee: Hon Elder Vogel, Majority Chair, Senate Agricultural & Rural Affairs Committee; and Hon. Judy Schwank, Minority Chair, Senate Agriculture & Rural Affiars Committee gave thier first initial take on the budget (they met with the group two hours after the Gov. Tom Corbett's budget address) as they tried to make sense of the monies devoted to higher education.

The annual meeting was concluded with a Cornucopia Reception for council members guests, and legislators.  This provided an opportunity for state agricultural organizations to inform policy makers about ag's many benefits to Pennsylvania and enjoy the 'taste of Pennsylvania'.