DelVal to host the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture

Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding

Aug 25, 2016

Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding will address the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture  (PSPA) Sept. 1 at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown. Redding will be speaking about successfully meeting the challenges in Pennsylvania agriculture at the event. The meeting, which kicks off PSPA's 2016 to 2017 season will be from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. in Moumgis Auditorium (located in the DelVal Student Center). The event is open to the media, Society members and their guests only.

PSPA was founded in 1785 and is the oldest professional agriculture society in the U.S. According to the Society's history, it was founded by 23 of the leading merchants, businessmen and landowners in the Philadelphia area. Four of PSPA's founders were signers of the Declaration of Independence, including Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush. George Washington was an honorary member since he was a Virginian and did not meet the residency requirements.

"PSPA has been dedicated to using science to solve challenges in agriculture since it was founded," said John Urbanchuk, chair of DelVal's Department of Agribusiness and president elect of PSPA. "The Society's mission today is still to discover and disseminate the best methods of scientific farming practice. PSPA's mission and work fits in well with the University's goal of providing students with the knowledge and experience to tackle the most important issues of our time. We will be taking the information and topics from this event into our classrooms."

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