Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, August 12, 2000, Image 1

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Vol. 45 No. 41
Pcnnsylvanla Gov. Tom Ridge announces the largest-ever state cap
ital investement In agriculture to a cheering crowd in the small arena
of the Farm Show Complex Wednesday morning. The total of $9O mil
lion for three major projects the Farm Show Complex, Penn’s Vet
School, and PDA’s Livestock Center will be taken from the Pennsyl
Gov. Ridge Commits $9O Million Capital Investment From General Fund
To Farm Show, Evaluation Center, And Vetemarian Facilities
Co.) - In a carnival-like atmos
phere with standing ovations
and cheers of agreement, 600
VIP farmers, educators, legisla
tors, and agribusiness represent
atives jam-packed the small
arena in the Farm Show Com
plex Wednesday morning to
hear Pennsylvania’s Gov. Tom
Ridge announce a $9O million
capital investment in agricul
ture. This largest-ever state in
Penn State Ag
The annual Penn State Ag Progress Days run next week, Aug. 15 to
Aug. 17, at Rockspring near State College. We have an exhibit field
layout, a list of commercial exhibitors, the program schedule and many
articles that feature the new events of interest. In fact we have in-
Six Sections
vestment will go to three
projects-a new exposition center
and major renovations to the
state farm show complex, a new
teaching and research center at
the University of Pennsylvania
School of Veterinary Medicine
in Philadelphia, and a new live
stock evaluation center on Penn
State’s agronomy farm in
Centre County.
“We want to change how the
world views Pennsylvania agri
culture,’’ Gov. Ridge said. “We
are a leader among states and
competitors among nations. Ev-
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, August 12, 2000 $32.00 Per Year
eryone needs to eat and we are
proud of our agriculture indus
“Today we send a powerful
message to our 60,000 farm fam
ilies across Pennsylvania: we ap
preciate what you do and we are
committed to investing in your
vania general fund. Therefore, no bonds will need to be floated and
taxpayers will save $5O million in interest. With the governor on stage
are from left, Judith Rodin, president, University of Pennsylvania; Ste
phen Reed, Harrisburg mayor; and Samuel Hayes Jr., Pennsylvania
secretary of agriculture. Photo by Everett Newswanger, editor.
future. From milk and mush
rooms to sweet com and snap
beans, Pennsylvania’s agricul
ture industry makes ‘products
for the planet’. But if we are to
continue to be a world leader in
agriculture, then we must be
prepared to invest in the infras
eluded two special sections in this issue dedicated to Penn State and
their research activities. In the photo from last year, the hay making
equipment is featured to the crowd with the main “tent city” in the
background. Photo by Everett Newswanger, editor
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tincture that will allow our farm
families to compete in the new
economy of the 21st Century,”
Ridge said. “We want to go
beyond endurance in the ag in
dustry and go on to prosperity.”
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