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​Planting the Seed

Did you know?

Agriculture is a $135 billion industry facing an aging workforce. In fact, over the next decade, there will be more than 75,000 jobs needing to be filled.

In recognition of future workforce needs, the Wolf Administration has:

  • Conducted an Agriculture Economic Impact Study that includes strategic recommendations for the industry
  • Identified the 25 most in-demand occupations, which span sectors like production agriculture; animal health and veterinary services; landscaping; food manufacturing, forestry, lumber and wood products; and conservation and natural
    resources
  • Produced a comprehensive agricultural education report for schools across the commonwealth 
  • Created a 15-member Commission for Agricultural Education Excellence 
  • Identified gaps in education and training for in-demand career paths, focusing on work-based learning, including micro-credentials and apprenticeships
  • Launched the PAsmart initiative - a first-of-its-kind workforce development proposal to invest $50 million for STEM and computer science education, support hands-on technical education programs, and encourage employers and schools to work together to help students get the skills employers need
  • Invested $10 million in career readiness programs, allowing high school students to earn both a diploma and post-secondary credentials and helping non-traditional students and workers earn post-secondary credits and credentials aligned to in-demand careers

Earlier this year, the Department of Agriculture launched the Planting the Seed Tour to inspire the next generation of agriculturalists, highlighting the wide array of educational and career opportunities available both now and in the future.

From businesses to schools, FFA programs to 4-H competitions, the Department is visiting the people and places across the commonwealth that are doing great, innovative work and preparing Pennsylvanians for success.

Want the tour to visit you? To submit your business or program for consideration, email Casey Smith at casesmith@pa.gov