The commonwealth's number one industry is being saluted this week during the 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show, which opened Saturday and continues through Jan. 11 in Harrisburg.
Agricultural income totals about $6.6 billion with dairy production as the leading component. Pennsylvania is home to more than 62,000 farms averaging 124 acres.
State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks), the minority chair of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, said the eight-day show is themed, “Pennsylvania Farms: Growing for You,” and is the largest indoor agricultural event in the country.
"People can learn more about where their food comes from; they can observe farm animals; they can learn about modern agriculture," Schwank said. "We'll have over 6,000 farm animals on display.
Many of those animals will be cows and Sen. Tim Solobay, a member of the Agriculture Committee, said once again he will be participating in the Dairy Showman Event Wednesday.
"They every once in a while can get me to put on a pair of jeans and boots, trying to win that coveted "dairy cow bell" that has eluded me for about five years now," Solobay said.
By the way, Pennsylvania is the fourth largest milk producing state in the nation.
Admission to the farm show is free.