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Connect with Pa. ag culture

January 10, 2009|By BOB KESSLER

We are all connected to agriculture in some way, whether it is as a consumer, a producer or both. Learn what impact agriculture has on you at the 93rd Pennsylvania Farm Show.

According to Karen Knoll, Animal Science Educator in Adams County, the farm show attracts more than 400,000 people every year.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today through Saturday, Jan. 17. at the Farm Show complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Admission is free. Parking is $5.

This theme to this year's show is "Keeping Pennsylvania Growing." The key focus for this year will be sharing the exciting opportunities that lie ahead for all Pennsylvanians.

There will be 18 learning stations to help youth up to the age 14 become more knowledgeable about Pennsylvania agriculture.

The farm show will hand out maps and children can have them stamped when they visit each station, the more you visit the better the prize. Understanding the commonwealth's agriculture is essential to the future of the state.

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About one-fourth of the states land is agriculture generating more than $4.1 million every year. Agricultural enterprises include dairy, poultry, eggs, cattle and calves, hogs, mushrooms, fruits and vegetables as well as greenhouse and nursery products. The byproducts from agriculture provide key ingredients for other goods, such as cosmetics, shampoo, lotions, medical products, baseballs, as well as many others.

With 6,000 animals on display you are sure to learn something new or to find your favorite animal at the farm show.

There also will be 270 commercial exhibits on display and more than 10,000 competitive exhibits to see.

Many of the competitive exhibits are entered by 4-H and FFA members. These youth can participate in a variety of activities including presentations, helping to staff educational displays, showing animals and promoting agriculture.

Members of 4-H and FFA are the future of agriculture, be sure to come out and support them so the traditions of Pennsylvania farming can continue.

Other popular attractions include the Pennsylvania High School Rodeo Championship.

There is also the butter sculpture you just have to see to believe.

There is a wide variety of tasty food to try: potato doughnut, apple cider, fried mushrooms, lamb stew, milkshakes, and much more.

To find out more information about the Pennsylvania Farm Show or to look at a daily schedule, go to: www.agriculture.state.pa.us/farmshow/site/default.asp.

Bob Kessler specializes in consumer horticulture and energy for Penn State University. He can be reached weekdays at 717-263-9226 or by e-mail at rxk4@psu.edu.

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