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Saturday, January 24, 2015

PDA Secretary George Greig Says Goodbye; Russell Redding Returns As Acting Secretary

Jan. 17, 2015
George Greig
Message from George Greig
Secretary of Agriculture
In a lifetime, four years seems like only a moment…

In the past four years we have worked together to improve ag in PA. We managed to streamline procedures and reduce paperwork through new technology. We wrote sensible policy and improved the transitioning process for farm families by eliminating inheritance taxes and helping to build infrastructure with new transportation funding.  

We worked to restore full funding for fairs and reinstated capital improvement grants that had been discontinued in years past. Now non-farm families can to better understand our way of life when they visit their local fair.

We have continued to maintain high standards of consumer protection and food safety and protect our crops and livestock against invasive species and diseases. We have partnered with DEP, implementing watershed assessments to remedy problem areas in our streams by providing funding to help farmers solve water run-off and other related issues.

Another PA Farm Show is now in the history books, breaking attendance records several days. Our team pulled together to generate another successful show, from show animals to culinary experiences, from an expansive food court to educational exhibits. We do our part to showcase PA ag and to educate the next generation through learning and doing, so they can keep PA growing far into the future.

And we couldn’t have done it without the help of hundreds of volunteers, vendors and exhibitors, nor could we have a successful show without the more than 537,000 estimated visitors who came this year to celebrate our ag industry. It’s a fitting finale to my time at PDA.

Over these past four years my staff and I have grown from a team to a family. We want to thank each of you for your hard work and dedication to ag. You have left lasting memories and we wish each of you a future filled with many successes.

In a lifetime, four years seems like only a moment…

Thank you for sharing this moment with us.
Secretary Greig and Christine

Ed. note: Greig has been replaced with the change of administration in Harrisburg

Redding Returns As PA Department of Agriculture Acting Secretary

Russell C. Redding
Russell C. Redding was recently nominated by Governor Tom Wolf as the 26th Secretary of Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Redding is the former dean of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Delaware Valley College.

Redding has extensive experience as a public servant, having spent more than 20 years serving Pennsylvania in Harrisburg and Washington D.C. He worked on Capitol Hill as Ag Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and served for 16 years in the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, serving as secretary from 2009-2011 under Governor Rendell.

He is a graduate of Penn State, having earned his B.S. in Agriculture Education and M.S. in Agriculture and Extension Education. In addition, he is a graduate of the Agribusiness Executive program.

A native of Pennsylvania, Redding has an innate understanding of production agriculture, stemming from his youth on his family’s dairy farm and his time as a dairy farm operator. He currently serves as Chair of the USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture.

Russell, his wife Nina and sons Garrison and Elliot reside in the Gettysburg area, where the family is active in the community, their church and the local 4-H Club.


Anonymous said...

I thought the guy that was elected Governor last name was Wolfe not Rendell. Tom Rendell or Ed Wolfe, same difference. I really do hope for the sake of our kids this guy does some good but its looking like more of the political BS, democrat or republican...doesn't matter... Vote GREEN!!!

Anonymous said...

I hate to say it, but I have to agree that already this soon into his tenure as governor, he is definitely showing politics and cronyism in his firings and appointments. I too fear for the future of Pennsylvania and that of the children.

Anonymous said...

Corbett did the EXACT same thing when he started his first and only term.