The Center for Rural Pennsylvania will hold the final session of the 2021 Rural Policy Summit on January 14, 2022. This is sixth and final summit in the series. “From the ever-expanding organic foods market to the implementation of cutting-edge technology in farming, we know that Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry has undergone significant changes over the years,” says Dr. Kyle C. Kopko, Center executive director. “This session will feature a panel of policy experts who will discuss how they see the agriculture industry changing in the next 5 to 10 years and discuss policies that can help support our farmers and agricultural producers and processors.”
The 2021 Rural Policy Summit is a virtual series that will bring together a wide range of stakeholders, including policymakers, nonprofit leaders, academic researchers, industry professionals, and others interested in rural conditions and trends, to learn about and discuss major policy issues that will affect rural Pennsylvania over the next 5 to 10 years.
This session will be a roundtable discussion on Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry and policies that can help support our farmers and agricultural producers and processors in the coming years.
Senator Elder Vogel, Chair, Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee
Senator Judy Schwank, Democratic Chair, Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee
Representative Eddie Day Pashinski, Democratic Chair, House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, and Center Board Vice Chairman
Representative Dan Moul, Chair, House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, and Center Board Member
Russell Redding, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary, will provide opening comments and participate in the panel.
Dr. Timothy Kelsey, professor of Agricultural Economics at The Pennsylvania State University and Center Board Member
Mark Critz, Western Regional Director and Executive Director of the Rural Development Council with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture