Town Hall Summer Series #3: Conversation with Russell Redding, Secretary of Agriculture

07/16/2020 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM ET




Town Hall Summer Series, Session 3: Conversation with Russell C. Redding, Secretary of Agriculture
Thursday, July 16 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Virtual Town Hall

Speaker: Russell C. Redding, Secretary, PA Department of Agriculture

Moderator: Sheila Christopher, Executive Director, Hunger-Free Pennsylvania

Offered in Partnership with: The Housing Alliance of PA, Hunger-Free Pennsylvania, PANO, Pennsylvania Alliance of YMCAs, United Way of Pennsylvania

The Housing Alliance of PA, Hunger-Free Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Pennsylvania Alliance of YMCAs, and United Way of Pennsylvania are proud to co-host a Virtual Town Hall Series this summer for key state leaders to speak with nonprofits about COVID-19 recovery and their partnership with the nonprofit sector. Each town hall will be a moderated question and answer session with each leader.


In our third conversation, a panel of the partnering organizations led by Sheila Christopher, Executive Director of Hunger-Free Pennsylvania, will moderate a Q&A with Secretary Redding of the PA Department of Agriculture. The discussion may cover:

  • Bureau of Food Assistance (state and federal food and nutrition assistance program waivers and/or funding due to COVID-19)
  • Measures taken to ensure the safety of the food supply chain (livestock, dairy, produce, etc.)
  • New procedures for restaurants, including inspections
  • Agricultural trade restrictions
  • Effects of COVID regulations on the PA economy
  • Impact of COVID on the implementation of the PA Farm Bill


Register now for this FREE EVENT to hold your seat and submit any questions you may have.



And ICYMI (In Case You Missed It), click these links to check out the first two conversations in this series:

  1. June 5, 2020 with Secretary Teresa Miller, Department of Human Services
  2. June 26, 2020 with Executive Deputy Secretary Sari Stevens, Department of State




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Materials & Login/Call-In Instructions:
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Can’t attend? All webinar registrants will receive a recording of the webinar following the live session!


About Secretary Redding:


Governor Tom Wolf nominated Russell C. Redding to serve as the 26th Secretary of Agriculture for the Commonwealth of PA in January 2015. Redding has extensive experience as a public servant, having spent more than 20 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 16 years in the PA 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 and is the former dean of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Delaware Valley College.


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 USDA Advisory Committee Biotechnology and 21st Century 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.

Learn more about Secretary Redding here.

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