Dec. 12, 2019

HARRISBURG – Rep. Barb Gleim (R-Cumberland) announced today that she has been appointed by Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding to serve on the State Commission on Agricultural Education Excellence for a three-year term.

“As a freshman member, it is a true honor to have been selected by Secretary Redding to serve on the Pennsylvania State Commission on Agricultural Excellence,” Gleim said. “Agriculture is part of my life. Our family home is a working cattle farm and I am excited to bring my passion and experience in farming, education, and workforce to help foster our next generation of farmers.”

Agriculture is Pennsylvania’s No. 1 economic driver, but this $135 billion industry is facing an aging workforce. Attrition, growing demand for certain products, and advancing technologies will result in a workforce deficit in a number of career paths over the next decade. The state Department of Agriculture has 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.

“The 15-member Commission for Agricultural Education Excellence that I am now a part of will operate under the concurrent authority of the state departments of Agriculture and Education. It will assist in the development of a statewide plan for agricultural education and coordinating the implementation of related programming to ensure the newest ideas and energy continue to move this important industry forward.”

Gleim also serves on the Education, Labor and Industry, House Human Services, Game and Fisheries and Children and Youth committees and is a member of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber’s Education Subcommittee. For more information, contact Gleim’s district office at 717-249-1990 or visit Gleim’s website at Information can also be found on her Facebook page,

The 199th Legislative District includes the boroughs of Carlisle, Newville; and the townships of Dickinson, Lower Frankford, Lower Mifflin, Middlesex, Silver Spring, Upper Frankford, Lower Frankford and West Pennsboro.

Representative Barbara Gleim
199th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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