Chris Herr - Bridging the Divide, Finding Common Ground

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Bridging the Divide, Finding Common Ground - Chris Herr, PennAg Industries Association Executive Vice President, from the 2012 Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Real Farmers Real Food, Celebrating Tradition and Technology, May 2-3, Arlington, VA, USA.

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Chris Herr - Bridging the Divide, Finding Common Ground

  1. 1. How Pennsylvania is “Bridging the Divide – Finding Common Ground” Chris Herr PennAg Industries Association Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit May 2, 2012
  2. 2. Who is PennAg Industries Association  Existed for more than 130 years  Full-time, full-service membership association representing agri-business enterprises of all size and types  Eight councils—over 500 members  Working to create and maintain an effective, viable and competitive environment for Pennsylvania Agribusiness to grow and prosper.
  3. 3. Who is Chris Herr  Lancaster County farm boy  Penn State graduate  Former agriculture deputy secretary  PennAg Executive Vice President  Advocate for agriculture  Environmental advocate  Animal welfare advocate
  4. 4. Here’s what I think     Agriculture is “always” evolving With proper management and an open mind towards technology and trends I believe in the animal production practices used in America. Lets not confuse companion animals with food animals. I’m disgusted by insincere politics getting in the way of animal welfare—from both sides.
  5. 5. Educating the Public
  6. 6. By the numbers  400,000+ public visitors  10,000 FT2  6,472 FT2 field, stream, equipment display  3,528 FT2 Pole Barn  400+ Volunteers  168 Animals  100 Different Companies  10 Animal displays 1 message
  7. 7. Construction
  8. 8. Opening the doors. . .
  9. 9. Opening the doors. . .
  10. 10. Opening the doors. . .
  11. 11. Opening the doors …
  12. 12. Opening the Doors: Crops and Conservation
  13. 13. Mission Accomplished  Overwhelmingly  Normalized  Engage positive response Today’s Agriculture Consumers
  14. 14. THANK YOU ! Chris Herr PennAg Industries Association cherr@pennag.com 717-651-5920 www.pennag.com

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