Ag Week in Lancaster County

Ag Week in Lancaster County

The 6th annual Lancaster County Ag Week will be October 5th – 9th, 2020

What is Ag Week?

Ag Week celebrates the phenomenal impact that agriculture and the food industry have on Lancaster County’s heritage, modern future, food choices, careers, economy, environment, and more.

Ag Week 2020 Videos

This year’s theme: “Always Essential: Strengthening Lancaster County Agriculture after COVID-19”

2020 Schedule of Events

Monday, October 5, 2020

9:00-10:30 am

Announcement of Agricultural Literacy Project by the Ag Council and the North Museum
(sponsored by MidAtlantic Farm Credit, New Holland North America, Blakinger|Thomas)
The rollout of the Jointly-Produce Agriculture Literacy Materials

Location: North Museum, 400 College Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603
Target audience: general public, elementary and middle school teachers, parents of young
people in grades K-8
Press release and request for coverage with the announcement of how to connect virtually…
https://northmuseum.org/ag-week/
Timeframe: 9:00-10:30 am
Hosted by George Cook, Chair, Lancaster County Ag Council, and Andrea Rush, Executive
Director, North Museum

Program (20-30 minutes beginning at 9:15)
– Short ceremony with invited dignitaries
o George Cook, Chair, Lancaster County Ag Council, and Andrea Rush, Executive
Director, North Museum
o Gary Swan and Representative Barbara Gleim, PA Commission for Agricultural
Education Excellence
o Jack Coleman, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, Ronks
o Jessica Herr, Secretary; Emma Musser, Chaplain; PA FFA Organization

– Tour of the new exhibits in the Museum (9:45-10:15)
– Press conference at 10:15 am

12:00-1:30 pm

Farmer’s Luncheon (sponsored by Flintrock Farm and Stables; MidAtlantic Farm Credit)
A Review of Programs for Agriculture (highlighting COVID-Related Aid) and Business Issues in Agriculture in Lancaster County during the Pandemic

Location: Virtual via Zoom (mailto:info@lancasteragcouncil.com to request a Zoom invitation)
Target audience: farmers and people in agribusiness

Featured in LNP pullout and Lancaster Farming; press release and request for coverage to other
media outlets
Timeframe: 12:00-1:30 pm
Hosted by Chris Thompson

Program in three parts (90-120 minutes)
– Poll related to the participation of attendees in public programs
– A review of COVID-related programs for farming and farm-related operations (Josh
Scheinberg, PA Department of Agriculture; USDA, Lisa Riggs, Economic Development
Company and Recovery Lancaster; Carla Snyder, Penn State Extension; and TBA, Small
Business Administration)
o Small Business Recovery and Sustainability Fund (Recovery Lancaster)
o COVID-19 Supply Kit (Recovery Lancaster)
o Dairy Assistance Indemnity Program (PDA)
o Fresh Food Financing Initiative COVID-19 Relief Fund (PDA)
o Paycheck Protection Program (SBA)
o Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (USDA)
o Farmers to Families Food Box Program (USDA)
– Continuing assistance programs related to conservation (Chris Thompson and Kevin
Lutz, Lancaster County Conservation District)
o Conservation Excellence Grant
o REAP
o Phase II Chesapeake Bay Compliance Program
– Things to Remember for the Year-End of an Unusual Year: Tips from Accountants and
Bankers (Mike Peachey and Dale Hershey)
– Questions and answers

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

3:30-5:00 pm

Celebration of the Work of the Lancaster County Agriculture Council (sponsored by MidAtlantic Farm Credit and Star Rock Farms)

Location: Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, 150 Cherry Hill Rd, Ronks, PA 17572
Target audience: Council members, supporters, elected officials, community leadership,
prospective donors
Limited invitation by e-mail; press release and request for coverage
Timeframe: 3:30-5:00 pm
Hosted by George Cook, Chair and Mary Henry, Chair-Elect; Lancaster County Agriculture
Council

Program in three parts (30-45 minutes)
– A review of the accomplishments of the Ag Council in 2020 including participation in
Recovery Lancaster (George Cook)
– Presentation to the Commissioners, EDC, and the Chamber of the “Report of the Council
on the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Agriculture in Lancaster County: Lessons
Learned”
o Presentation by George Cook
o Responses from Commissioner Ray D’Agostino, Tom Baldrige, Lisa Riggs
– Rollout of the fundraising campaign for the Council for 2021 (Mary Henry)

6:30-7:30 pm

“A Conversation on Careers in the Agriculture and Food Industry”

Sponsored by Blakinger|Thomas; New Holland North America, MidAtlantic Farm Credit

Location: Virtual via Zoom (mailto:info@lancasteragcouncil.com to request a Zoom invitation)
Target audience: general public, elementary and middle school teachers, parents of kids in grades K-8
Timeframe: 6:30-7:30 pm
Hosted by Scott Sheely, Executive Director, Lancaster County Agriculture Council
Program in three parts (60 minutes) including follow-up on the YouTube Premiers earlier in the
day; introduction to AgExplorer, Grow PA Workforce, and PennAg Industries websites; and
audience questions and answers.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
12:00-1:30 pm

“The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Agriculture in Lancaster County: Lessons Learned”
Lancaster County Farmers and Agri-Businesspeople Talk about the Effect of the Pandemic on
Their Businesses with Commentary from Other Subject Matter Experts (sponsored by MidAtlantic Farm Credit)

Location: Virtual via Zoom (mailto:info@lancasteragcouncil.com to request a Zoom invitation)
Target audience: farmers and people in agribusiness, elected officials, community leadership
Featured in LNP pullout and Lancaster Farming; press release and request for coverage to other
media outlets
Timeframe: 12:00-1:30 pm
Hosted by Scott Sheely, Executive Director, Lancaster County Agriculture Council
Program in three parts (90-120 minutes) with interviews with farmers and agri-business people,
commentary by subject matter experts (from Cooperative Extension, farm organizations, PDA)
and open forum for participants
– Trends during the COVID-19 Pandemic (12:00-12:15) (Scott Sheely)
o Pivot toward direct selling at all levels
o Continued diversity of product lines and distribution channels
o New strategies for consumer-facing operations, including charitable food
– Breakouts (12:15-1:00)
o “Supply Chain and Distribution Channel Disruptions: Produce and Fruit”
– Hannah Smith-Brubaker, PASA
o “Supply Chain and Distribution Channel Disruptions: Dairy”
– Andrew Bollinger, Meadow Spring Farm
– George Hurst, Oregon Dairy
– Jayne Sebright, Center for Dairy Excellence
o “Supply Chain and Distribution Channel Disruptions: Meat”
– Mike Smucker, Smucker’s Meats, Mt. Joy, PA
– Joshua Sheinburg, PA Department of Agriculture
– Jonathan Campbell, Meat Science, Penn State University
o “Diversifying as a Survival Strategy in the Agriculture and Food Industry”
– Jack Coleman, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
– Lloyd Hess, Hess’s Barbecue
– Lonnie Kauffman, Kauffman Fruit Farm
– Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Agriculture Economics,
Penn State University
– Open Forum: What Have You Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic? (1:00-1:30)

6:30-8:00 pm
Virtual Denim and Pearls

A Retrospective on Past Denim and Pearls, Comments by PA Secretary of Agriculture Russell
Redding, and a Virtual Concert (sponsored by Flintrock Farm and Stables; MidAtlantic Farm Credit)

Location: Virtual via Zoom (mailto:info@lancasteragcouncil.com to request a Zoom invitation)
Target audience: Council members, supporters, elected officials, community leadership,
prospective donors, supporters of agriculture in the County
Timeframe: 6:30-8:00 pm
Hosted by George Cook, Chair, Lancaster County Agriculture Council
$25 donation requested

Program
– Welcome and Review of 2020 (George Cook)
– Introduction of Secretary Russell Redding (Mary Henry)
– Remarks by Secretary Redding
– Remembering Denim and Pearls (slide show)
– Virtual Concert
o Erin Varley… https://erinvarleymusic.com/
o Sam Schmidthuber… https://www.samschmidthubermusic.com/bio
– Thanks for Joining Us (George Cook)
– Lancaster County, PA Agriculture: So Much to Celebrate (film)

Thursday, October 8, 2020
12:00-1:00 pm

“Empty Shelves at the Store: Food System Disruptions and COVID-19”
Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Agriculture Economics, and Brian Moyer, Education Program Associate, Penn State Extension

In this webinar, Penn State Extension’s Claudia Schmidt and Brian Moyer will talk about the
vulnerabilities and bottlenecks in the food supply chain during the early days of COVID-19, how
the sector has responded, and the way forward.
Hosted by Penn State Cooperative Extension. Register at https://extension.psu.edu/food-system-disruptions-and-covid-19 A Zoom webinar link will be sent to registrants immediately upon submitting registration.

6:30-7:30 pm
Spotted Lanternfly

Hosted by Penn State Cooperative Extension. Register at https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-public-meetings A Zoom webinar link will be sent to registrants immediately upon submitting registration.

Friday, October 9, 2020

8:00-9:30 am

Meeting of Ag Council and Local Elected Officials (sponsored by Star Rock Farms)
Focused on issues that come out of the Report of the Council that may require legislation
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Target audience: Council members, state elected official delegation, County Commissioners
Timeframe: 8:00-9:30 am
Hosted by George Cook, Chair, and Rob Barley, Chair of Legislative Committee

 

 

— Some highlights from past years’ Ag Week Events & Activities —

              

2020 Ag Week Sponsors

Check out our ‘Thank a Farmer’ video from the 2017 Lancaster County Ag Week!

Lancaster County Agriculture Council

Mission, Core Values, and Strategic Objectives

Mission Statement

To promote the agricultural heritage of Lancaster County by initiating, supporting and encouraging actions and programs that connect agriculture and the community.

Core Values

We promote unity among the many agriculture interests.

We collaborate with partners to better accomplish goals.

We are visionary, strategic and proactive in addressing agricultural concerns.

We advocate for the individual farmer/producer recognizing them as foundational to the agricultural industry.

We care about the good of the Lancaster County community as a whole and the role of agriculture in that context…Community, Animals, Resources, and the Environment.

 

Strategic Objectives

Coordinate/ Collaborate/Communicate

• Inform the various agricultural constituencies of the role of the Council in Lancaster County agriculture
• Promote communication
• Be an advocate/liaison for agriculture stakeholders
• Build shared vision

• Leverage resources
• Build a strong organization including the structure, function, and sustainability of the Council
• Support existing initiatives
• Fill gaps in the system

Educate

• Educate the general public on the value of Lancaster County agriculture and its impact on the broader community
• Regularly solicit input from producers and other stakeholders
• Foster connections to educational partners in the community
• Conduct programs and promotions to enhance the education of the general public about agriculture and the food chain
• Ag industry and the community
• Celebrate the past, present and future
• Environmental best practices
• Support the development of a pipeline for the next generation of talent in the agriculture sector
• Technology Education
• School-to-Work
• Succession Planning
• Beginning Farmers

Advocate

• Take a leadership role on regional environmental and agriculture issues related to the Chesapeake Bay, engaging community partners as needed
• Proactively monitor and act on legislation/ regulations, connecting producers with technical assistance, promoting communication with officials, and soliciting input from producers
• Regular briefings for County Commissioners, local elected officials, township and borough officials, Lancaster County Planning Commission, and Lancaster Inter-Municipal Committee
• Promote Smart Growth and Ag Preservation
• Put fresh face on ag
• Develop broad strategy for advocacy including media efforts, publications, and personal contacts

Innovate (strategic/systems-oriented/visionary/proactive)

• Look for opportunities to proactively advance Lancaster County agriculture
• Develop creative solutions for the future of agriculture
• Promote creative nutrient solution opportunities
• Promote agriculture innovation, entrepreneurship, market enhancement, and agriculture loan programs
• Address needs of next generation and broader community/consumers
• Encourage agriculture economic development opportunities

CONTACT US

Lancaster County Ag Week
PO Box 475, Lititz PA 17543
717-880-0848