Thousands of Midstate students get first-hand experience during Farm City Day

(WHTM) — It looked like the annual farm show was underway, except with younger visitors as the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture hosted its Farm City Day.

The 1,300 students from in and around the Midstate received first-hand lessons on all facets of agriculture, from raising animals, to beekeeping, to crop management.

Agriculture supports one in ten jobs in the state. Organizers want students to have fun and to spark interest in farming.

“A lot of folks just don’t understand sort of why we do what we do, part one,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said. “Part two is there’s a lot of jobs an opportunity, we need these folks in the workforce of Pennsylvania and the workforce of agriculture.”

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Over the next ten years, Pennsylvania expects to see 75,000 agriculture job openings.

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