HARRISBURG – During the virtual 2021 PA Farm Show, state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced the availability of $500,000 through the PA Farm Bill’s Ag and Youth Grant Program to fund projects such as ag education and workforce development programs, seminars and field trips, ag safety training, or equipment purchases that will help to build a strong future workforce. Redding said ag education is vital to our next generation agriculture workers. Redding predicted a shortfall in the agriculture workforce in coming years as more older farmers retire and more technological jobs are created. Those interested in the Ag and Youth Grant Program can find a link to apply and more information at the website: agriculture.pa.gov/pafarmbill. The application link will become available January 25 and be accepted through March 5 at 5 p.m.

RUSSELL REDDING