The proposed 2017-2018 PA State Budget does not include any funding for the All-American Dairy Show or the Keystone International Livestock Exposition. The PA State Budget meetings are in their final negotiations. If the proposed budget passes, that means zero dollars from the state to support two of the largest premier agricultural events in the nation. These unique events do so much for our state’s economy, the local economy, PA agriculture, and most importantly, OUR YOUTH.
The economic impact of these events is remarkable. Thousands of exhibitors trek to the Susquehanna Valley to attend the shows, contributing $12.8 million to the region each year. Both individual events rank in the “Top 25 Major Events,” according to the Hershey-Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau, showing the substantial return on the state’s relatively minimal investment.
Please help raise awareness before it is too late. We need to come together and show that these events help shape the future of our industry. Sign the petition to reinstate funding for the Pennsylvania Agricultural Shows.
Let’s show Pennsylvania that we need continued state funding for our agricultural youth development.
Here is the link to our presentation at the State Capitol on April 19th: