PA Chamber Celebrates Agriculture’s Undeniable Economic Impact During Farm Show Week

It’s Farm Show Week, the annual celebration of everything agriculture has to offer the Commonwealth. For an industry that employs more than half a million people and contributes $132.5 billion to Pennsylvania’s annual economy, there’s so much to recognize, learn about, and appreciate!

The 2024 Farm Show theme, “Connecting Our Communities,” directly honors Pennsylvania’s rich agricultural history, its presence in our daily lives, and its universal vision for a stronger future where good jobs and healthy, farm-fresh food is plentiful. As we kick off 2024 and the annual Farm Show week tradition, it’s a great time to honor this leading industry’s significant contributions to Pennsylvania in terms of revenue, food sourcing, job creation, and more.

Spectators flock to the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg each year for its famous food court; an array of exhibitions featuring hands-on learning and shopping opportunities; the highly anticipated butter sculpture which reflects the event’s annual theme; and the week-long slate of events. This year – for the second year in a row – our own PA Chamber President and CEO Luke Bernstein will take part in the Celebrity Feed Scurry Event, working with a 4-H team and draft horses to complete an obstacle course race! While our fearless leader is accomplished in many things, running with draft horses is not among them – but we have confidence that he’ll improve upon 2023’s last place finish!

The Farm Show began on Saturday, January 6, and will run  through Saturday, January 13. The PA Chamber is proud to advocate on behalf of the growth and success of the Commonwealth’s leading industry and would like to recognize and thank the following companies in the agricultural sector who we are honored to list among our membership for their immeasurable contributions to Pennsylvania:

PA Chamber Investor Members




Bucknell University



Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company


Curtze Foods

Dietz & Watson

Eat’n Park Hospitality Group



The GIANT Company

Giant Eagle Markets, Inc.

Giorgi Global

The Hershey Company

Knouse Foods

Lockheed Martin

Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc.

New Holland Agriculture

PA American Water

Pennsylvania Strategic Investment Program Investors

Penn State University

Rutter’s (Dairy Division)

Shippensburg University (Campus Farm for Research)

Tyson Foods

Wegmans Food Market, Inc.

Weis Markets


PA Chamber and PA Chamber Insurance Members

Amycel/Spawn Matel/Monterey Mushrooms

Berks Packing

BHM Farm Equipment

Bridgeside Farms

C.J. Mushroom Co.

Clover Hill Vineyards and  Winery

Cumberland Area Economic Development

Dale Whitenight’s Farm Market

Esbenshade Farms

Farmers Insurance

Feesers Inc.

Florin Farms Hatchery

HBF Farms, LLC

Herr’s Fruit Farm

Hershey Creamery

Hess Farms

Horizon Farm Credit

Imler’s Poultry

Ke-Holtz Dairy

Kreamer Feed Inc.

Lady Moon Farms

Leiby’s Farm Market

Maple Lawn Farms

PA Association of Milk Dealers

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau

PA Food Merchants Association

PA Forest Products Association

PA Restaurant & Lodging Association

PA Winery Association

Palmyra Bologna

PennAg Industries Association

Pennwood Products

Sunsweet Growers

York County Economic Alliance

Zook Molasses Company