Ag Industry Summit

Join us for the Agriculture Industry Summit to discuss opportunities and challenges of the industry and celebrate the Ag community of Lancaster County.


DATE: December 2, 2021

TIME: 11am - 1pm

PRICING: $35 Members // $50 Non-Members

LOCATION: Spooky Nook Sports


Lancaster County is known for the incredible diversity of agriculture – from livestock to dairy, wheat to hay, eggs to milk – and our 4,500 farms make it one of the top farming counties in the United States. 

For the past 40+ years, the Lancaster Chamber has gathered industry leaders – producers, vendors, suppliers, insurance, finance and more – to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the Agriculture Industry. This year, join colleagues and community members for an important conversation on the future of Ag from three perspectives (to be released soon!). And of course, we’ll celebrate the incredible impact of the industry on our community and honor an outstanding Ag leader with the George C. Delp Award.

The George C. Delp Award is presented annually to a resident or business of Lancaster County who has made a significant contribution to the agricultural community. The individual/business must exemplify an outstanding dedication and commitment to preserving and enhancing agriculture in Lancaster County. To nominate an individual or company for the George C. Delp Award, CLICK HERE. Nominations due by November 5th, 2021. 

Sponsorships are available. Click here to download a sponsorship guide or contact Molly Crouser, [email protected] for information.



Secretary Russell C. Redding, PA Department of Agriculture

Governor Tom Wolf nominated Russell C. Redding to serve as the 26th Secretary of Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in January 2015, and was confirmed by the Senate on May 14, 2015. Redding is the former dean of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Delaware Valley University formerly Delaware Valley College.

Redding has extensive experience as a public servant, having spent more than 25 years serving Pennsylvania in Harrisburg and Washington D.C. He worked on Capitol Hill as Ag Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and served for 20 years in the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, serving as secretary from 2009-2011 under Governor Rendell.

He is a graduate of Penn State, having earned his B.S. in Agriculture Education and M.S. in Agriculture and Extension Education. In addition, he is a graduate of the Agribusiness Executive program. A native of Pennsylvania, Redding has an innate understanding of production agriculture, stemming from his youth on his family’s dairy farm and his time as a dairy farm operator. He currently serves as Chair of the Northeastern Association of State Departments of Agriculture. Russell, his wife Nina and sons Garrison and Elliot reside in the Gettysburg area, where the family is active in the community, their church and the local 4-H Club.


Brent Hales, Associate Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Director of Penn State Extension

Brent Hales serves as an Associate Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Director of Penn State Extension. He received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in sociology from Middle Tennessee State University, and a Ph.D. in rural sociology from Iowa State University.  Dr. Hales previously served as the Senior Associate Dean and Chief Financial Officer of the University of Minnesota Extension, Associate Dean for the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality and the Director of the University of Minnesota Crookston, Economic Development Authority University Center.

His primary area of research is holistic community and economic development and entrepreneurship.  He is the founder the Southern Entrepreneurship Program, which teaches entrepreneurship skills to high school and community college students, and to displaced workers throughout the U.S. and across the globe. He is also a past president of the Community Development Society. He is the father of 6 children and has been married to his best friend Candy for 27 years.


Joel B. Rotz, Manager of Government Affairs & Communications, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau

Joel B. Rotz, is Manager of Government Affairs and Communications for Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.  Before being named Manager, he coordinated the grassroots efforts of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau members in several different positions regarding local, federal and state legislative and regulatory issues.  Joel was a dairy farmer for twenty years and County Farm Bureau Leader before his employment with Pennsylvania Farm Bureau in 1995. He earned a BA in Organizational Management from Eastern University.


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12/2/2021 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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