Lancaster County, Pa.
From one perspective. Lancaster County is the land that time left behind. Farms carefully tilled, and worked by horse-drawn equipment and with animals cared for in cozy barns in much the same way as they have been for generations. Meticulously tended gardens line winding country roads that are punctuated by roadside stands. Farmer’s markets throughout the county attract customers from far and wide who browse through handmade items and select from produce that was on the vine or tree that morning.
But that is only one side of Lancaster County
Lancaster County is also the land on the cutting edge. With cows milked by robots, and bio-digesters collecting methane gas from manure to produce electricity, which helps preserve our valuable resources. It is a land where the soil is farmed with the latest precision technologies, using GPS and other tools to help put seed and fertilizer where it can most efficiently be utilized. With stream-bank fencing, no-till planting and other of the best conservation practices used to ensure that the land will be here for future generations.
It is a land looking for workers. And not only for help working the land and caring for the animals. Repairmen and veterinarians. Consultants and salesmen. High end technicians to maintain the technology of 21st century agriculture. Welders. Carpenters. Electricians. Plumbers. Accountants. Truck drivers to transfer the produce of the county to the far parts of the region that Lancaster County feeds. The impact of Lancaster County agriculture is felt far beyond the county borders.
Lancaster County Agriculture Council
The Lancaster County Agriculture Council was established to promote and advocate for Lancaster County agriculture. The board of directors consists producers, representatives of agri-business and other partners. Meetings are held monthly. The Ag Counsel supports promotion of agriculture, which includes Oregon Dairy Family Farm Days, Lancaster Farm Show Weekend with the Lancaster Barnstormers, Lancaster County Ag Week, and the sponsoring of agricultural related awards at the Science Fair. The Ag Council also advocates for county and regional agriculture. Representatives of the Lancaster County Commissioners and Lancaster Chamber of Commerce are members of the board. Regular meetings are held with our local Pennsylvania and US congressmen.
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Did You Know?
Each year, Lancaster County Farmers feed people...
- million eggs
- million gallons of milk
- million chicken
- million pork