LITITZ – PA Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding is traveling across the state visiting agriculture apprenticeship programs in honor of National Apprenticeship Week. Redding paid a visit to Binkley & Hurst in Lititz where he said apprenticeship programs help to fill important jobs that need to be filled. Agricultural apprenticeship programs are preparing the next generation of agriculture and food workers by developing technical skills and the agility required to master emerging technologies through on the job, hands-on training. PA‘s $132.5 billion agriculture industry fuels more than 593,000 jobs across the Commonwealth, paying nearly $33 billion in wages each year. Over the next decade, agriculture is expected to face a workforce deficit of 75,000 workers as farmers and laborers retire and new technology-based positions become available. To learn more about agriculture apprenticeship programs and workforce development initiatives, visit