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November 15, 2021 - Lititz, PA

Agriculture Fuels Jobs & Economy; Learn While You Earn Apprenticeships Fuel Ag's Future

This week, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding will travel Pennsylvania, visiting agriculture apprenticeship programs in Lancaster, State College, Williamsburg and Pittsburgh in honor of National Apprenticeship Week. Part of the Wolf Administration's $30 million investment in relevant Ag and other workforce training, seven state-certified agriculture apprenticeship programs and two pre-apprenticeships, offer the next generation of workers hands-on, paid experience in high-demand food and agriculture jobs.

"Pennsylvania's agriculture workers are essential to ensuring food and agricultural goods reach consumers across the commonwealth and the world," said Secretary Redding. "National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity to highlight skilled careers in agriculture and Pennsylvania opportunities to learn while you earn and get ahead in a growing field. These programs are training the next generation of food and agriculture workers for in-demand, competitive jobs. Apprenticeships open up career pathways to fulfilling and meaningful work."

Pennsylvania's $132.5 billion agriculture industry fuels more than 593,000 jobs across the commonwealth, paying nearly $33 billion in wages each year. Over the next decade, agriculture is expected to face a workforce deficit of 75,000 workers as farmers and laborers retire and new technology-based positions become available. Agricultural apprenticeship programs are preparing the next generation of agriculture and food workers by developing technical skills and the agility required to master emerging technologies through on the job, hands-on training.



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_ApprenticeshipNK_001.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding exits a Massey Ferguson 8S.265, which won tractor of the year for 2021, during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_002.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding talks with pre-apprentice technicians Jeremy Wise, 16, and Wendal Hurst, 17, during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_003.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_004.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>From left; Binkley & Hursts Josh Hahn, service manager; Jeremy Wise, 16, pre-apprentice technician; and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding check out a piece of farm equipment during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_005.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Wendal Hurst, 17, a pre-apprentice technician, works on a machine during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_006.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier speaks during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_007.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Wendal Hurst, 17, a pre-apprentice technician, works on a machine during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_008.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Don Hoover, of Binkley & Hurst, speaks during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_009.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_010.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Stephon Fitzpatrick, Commission for Agriculture Education Excellence Executive Director, speaks during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_011.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding poses for a photo with Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier in front of a Massey Ferguson 8S.265, which won tractor of the year for 2021, during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_012.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Tim Wentz, Northeast Equipment Dealers, speaks during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_013.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding talks with Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_014.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding shakes hands with Ross Frey, sales specialist at Binkley & Hurst, after test driving a Massey Ferguson 8S.265, which won tractor of the year for 2021, during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_015.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Don Hoover, of Binkley & Hurst, talks about Scott Sheely, executive director of Lancaster County Agriculture Council during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_016.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Sara Gligora speaks during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_017.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Jeremy Wise, 16, pre-apprentice technician at Binkley & Hurst talks with Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding check out a piece of farm equipment during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_018.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding prepares to test drive a Massey Ferguson 8S.265, which won tractor of the year for 2021, during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_019.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier speaks during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_020.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Ross Frey, sales specialist at Binkley & Hurst, speaks during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_021.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding checks out a piece of farm equipment during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_022.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Binkley & Hursts Josh Hahn, service manager, right, talks with Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_023.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_024.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Stephon Fitzpatrick, Commission for Agriculture Education Excellence Executive Director, speaks during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_025.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>State Sen. Ryan Aument speaks during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_026.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_027.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier speaks during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20220_AGRIC_Apprenticeship_NK_028.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, left, and Ross Frey, sales specialist at Binkley & Hurst, prepare to test drive a Massey Ferguson 8S.265, which won tractor of the year for 2021, during a press conference to kick off Pennsylvanias second annual Agriculture Apprenticeship Week visiting the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship Program, at Binkley & Hurst, a family-owned agricultural equipment dealer serving farmers across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on Monday, November 15, 2021.