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About PDA

Mission Statement

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture exists to ensure a vibrant economy, a successful future for Pennsylvania agriculture, and to safeguard the public through:

  • Targeted investments to grow opportunities and remove barriers;
  • Protecting human, animal, environmental, and plant health through regulatory oversight; 
  • Promotion of and education about Pennsylvania’s agriculture products and sectors;
  • Conserving farmland and natural resources for the prosperity of Pennsylvania

Vision Statement

To be a trusted public service for an increasingly diverse and vibrant agriculture and all those we work to protect. To always be mindful of the innumerable ways society relies on or depends on agriculture and its products, and of agriculture's intersection with the most important issues of our time. To act intentionally to ensure agriculture is inclusive and equitable to all and to inspire future generations of leaders for the industry. 

Values

  • Service-Oriented: dedicated to being a trusted, reliable source of timely and accurate information for the public (consumers and industry)
  • Continuous Improvement: always striving to improve upon the services that we deliver by evaluating our processes and looking to our customers for regular feedback
  • Accountability: being responsible for your own words and actions; having the courage to hold yourself accountable as well as others
  • Stewardship: responsible use and enhancement of our resources, whether it is our people, our tools, or our funding; promoting a culture where we put our people first
  • Civility: demonstrating respect for the feelings, ideas, wishes, rights, or traditions of others at all times
  • Excellence: the quality of always striving to be the best at what we do
  • Collaborative: building relationships and staying engaged with the public (consumers and industry) in order to maintain their trust

Pennsylvania’s farm families continue to be the stewards of more than 7.3 million acres of farmland. With $6.8 billion in cash receipts annually from production agriculture, Pennsylvania farmers and agribusinesses are the leading economic driver in our state.

In addition to production agriculture, the industry also raises revenue and supplies jobs through support services such as food processing, marketing, transportation, and farm equipment. In total, production agriculture and agribusiness contribute nearly $136 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
2301 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110

General Information: (717) 787-4737