For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Halvonik 717 787-1381
Auditor General Jack Wagner to Participate in Celebrity Cow-Milking Contest at PA Farm Show
HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 8, 2010 – Auditor General Jack Wagner will participate in the Celebrity Cow Milking Contest at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15 at in the Equine Arena at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Wagner is one of 20 celebrities competing on four 5-member teams trying to get the most milk from their cow.
“Agriculture is Pennsylvania’s No. 1 industry,” Wagner said, “and the Pennsylvania Farm Show is one of the premier events of its kind in the nation. When it comes to showcasing the Pennsylvania agricultural industry and its products, I am always ready to lend a hand, so to speak.”
The theme of this year’s farm show is “Keeping Pennsylvania Growing,” and it will display the many ways agriculture supports and sustains the commonwealth.
Agriculture and agribusiness contributes nearly $45 billion to PA’s economy, making it the No.1 industry in Pennsylvania, and Wagner said he will continue to work to ensure it stays in that position.
“With 63,000 farm families in Pennsylvania who provide the raw materials for food processing plants, restaurants and grocery stores, I have no doubt that agriculture will continue to be the number one industry for years to come,” Wagner said.
During his career as a public servant, Wagner has made job creation and innovation, such as green energy, a major focus. “The commonwealth’s agribusiness will play a major role in green energy because our farmers are the leading producers of crops such as soy and corn that are being experimented with as sources of biofuels,” Wagner said.
These biofuels, along with the furnaces and other products used to burn them, are rapidly becoming part of a new and growing industry that will not only preserve our environment, but will also contribute to the economic growth of the state, Wagner said.
Wagner encouraged all commonwealth residents to visit the Pennsylvania Farm Show to learn about these technologies and to gain a greater understanding of the industry that has made Pennsylvania the great state it is today.
Auditor General Jack Wagner is responsible for ensuring that all state money is spent legally and properly. He is the Commonwealth’s elected independent fiscal watchdog, conducting financial audits, performance audits and special investigations. The Department of the Auditor General conducts more than 5,000 audits per year. To learn more about the Department of the Auditor General, taxpayers are encouraged to visit the department’s Web site at www.auditorgen.state.pa.us.