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Attending the Pennsylvania Farm Show

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Posted on January 28, 2019 by By Amanda Goslee ’19, a Delaware Valley University animal science major .

Courtesy: Amanda Goslee ’19 Amanda Goslee ’19, a Delaware Valley University animal science major.

Each year, thousands of people attend the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show held in Harrisburg. The Farm Show offers a multitude of exhibits, great food, livestock shows, demonstrations and more to showcase the rich agriculture industry throughout Pennsylvania. I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to attend Farm Show and represent Delaware Valley University throughout the week.

Dean of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Science Dr. Broc Sandelin, Assistant Director of Admission John Schaffer and I kicked off the week by attending the PA Preferred Reception. During this time, we were able to connect with other commodity representatives, government officials, and industry professionals. On Saturday, Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding and Governor Tom Wolf lead the traditional ribbon cutting at opening ceremonies, welcoming the public.  

Our DelVal booth was very busy throughout the week. All of the University staff that played a part in setting up the booth did a superb job, as we won Most Unique Booth! Faculty and students from the greenhouse created an aquaponics display as well as a display for the hydroponic lettuce that we grow on campus, both of which were huge hits with the public.

Each day of the week members of A-Day volunteered their time to help out in the booth. They provided interactive games for the kids, including a biosecurity demonstration, planting seeds, and making pig noses. Some of our Collegiate FFA Members came out on Monday, which was FFA day at Farm Show, and made ice cream. Laura Herbst, a faculty member from the food science department did a chocolate tempering demonstration, providing chocolate covered pretzels to hand out. Dr. Melissa Langston, a chemistry faculty member, made slime with the kids! Dr. Bruce Richards, from the animal science department, educated the public on feeding and nutrition. Dr. Pamela Reed, also from the animal science department, provided a display of bones and stomachs to educate the public on anatomy and physiology.

While I always enjoy seeing my fellow colleagues, seeing all the animals and consuming many delicious milkshakes, my favorite thing about Farm Show is meeting new people and getting to talk about Delaware Valley University. A wide range of people come through the booth; those who have never heard of our school, those who were prospective students, those who were interested in our aquaponics production, and of course, all of our wonderful alumni that come by the booth! I love informing others on the programs and opportunities that DelVal has to offer, but I also love meeting our alumni and hearing about their great experiences. Overall, the 2019 Farm Show was a huge success and I extend my gratitude to all those involved. I’m very thankful for this wonderful opportunity to meet so many new people and represent agriculture and DelVal at Farm Show.

About the Author
Amanda Goslee ’19 is a Delaware Valley University animal science major. She was selected as one of the students who represented the University at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. On campus, Goslee serves as vice president of Delta Tau Alpha. She also serves on the A-Day Executive Team and is a member of Sigma Alpha.