Academia Links

Animal Diagnostic Lab
Delaware Valley College      
Penn State University
Penn State Poultry Extension

Penn State Poultry Extension (Southeast PA Region)
PSU Department of Animal Science

UPENN, New Bolton Center 

Government Links

Center for Dairy Excellence
PA Department of Agriculture
PA Department of Environmental Protection

PA Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System

Natural Resource Conservation Service

Department of Agriculture
Environmental Protection Agency
National Agricultural Statistics Service

Industry Links

American Egg Board
American Feed Industry Association  

American Seed Trade Association

Keystone Energy Forum
National Aquaculture Association
National Grain & Feed Association
National Pork Board

PA Pork Producers Council
United States Equestrian Federation

Member Links

Asmark Institute

Boyd Station LLC

Deerfield Farms Service, Inc.

Diamond V
F.M.  Brown's Sons, Inc.

Hollabaugh Bros., Inc.

Kauffman Animal Health International
Kreamer Feed

Northeast Agri Systems, Inc.

Northampton County Seed Co.

PA Forest Products Association
Penn Millers Insurance Company
Triple M Farms
Truth Chemical

PA Ag Statistics

2016 USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Machinery Custom Rates


Commodity Specific



Pennsylvania ranks fourth nationally in trout production. The USDA Trout and Aquaculture Census reports Pennsylvania aquaculture sales of $10.48 million in 2008. Sales of food fish comprised 83.4 percent of total sales, with the remainder of the sales composed of sport and game fish, baitfish, crustaceans, mollusks, ornamental fish, water garden plants and other animal aquaculture (tadpoles, frogs, trout eggs, etc.). While trout comprises most of the food fish sales, tilapia and hybrid striped bass are also produced, albeit on a smaller scale. Pennsylvania hatcheries, including those of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, also produce additional trout valued at $14.7 million for conservation and recreational purposes. A press release from USDA notes the 2010 value of trout production in Pennsylvania at $16.9 million.



In 2009 Pennsylvania ranked 5th nationally in total milk production, coming in behind California,

Wisconsin, New York and Idaho. The Commonwealth's 545,000 cows produce 10.51 billion pounds of milk, with the state's annual production per cow at 19,360 pounds. The state ranks 15th in milk

production per cow. The dairy industry is the key economic driver in Pennsylvania's agriculture industry, the Commonwealth's leading economic enterprise. Dairy generates $1.5 billion in cash receipts each year, contributing to 40 percent of the state's agricultural receipts. The dairy industry also generates 40,000 jobs in the commonwealth. Research estimates that roughly 85% of the dairy farmer's total income is spent locally, making dairy farms a significant contributor to the local economy. For additional information, visit



Pennsylvania equine owners devote 1,140,000 acres of land for equine purposes with associated

assets totaling $8.27 billion; the racehorse industry accounts for $1.12 billion of that total. The equine

industry provides 20,300 jobs annually in Pennsylvania. Equine related expenditures total $746 million.

Approximately 26,365 racehorses reside in Pennsylvania, with a value of $978 million. (Source: Penn

State Equine Survey)


Feed, Grain

Pennsylvania is home to 5,858 oilseed and grain farms. Of the 7.81 million acres of land farmed in Pennsylvania, 4.87 is cropland and a total of 3.94 is harvested cropland. Grains and oilseeds account for 26.8% of all crop sales in Pennsylvania, while hay and other crops account for 8.0%. The total value of crop sales in Pennsylvania is $1.9 billion. (Source: 2007 Census of Agriculture Pennsylvania)



Pennsylvania ranks third nationally in egg production and tenth nationally in turkey production. According

to the most recent USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service data, the farm value of Pennsylvania poultry and eggs was $864 million in 2007. However, since this figure does not take into account the Commonwealth's very sizable game bird, broiler breeder, and embryo industries (for vaccine production),

the value of the industry certainly exceeds $1 billion.   



Pennsylvania is home to approximately 1,072 hog farms. The pork industry in Pennsylvania comprises

$331.5 million in sales and supports more than 8,000 jobs in the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania

pork industry ranks 13th in the country, generates approximately $67.5 million in export income, and

creates more than 1,600 export jobs. Visit for additional information.

Industry Myths & Facts

In an increasingly urban society, our contact with animals, especially farm animals, is limited. While man and animal depend on each other, our modern culture separates people from animals more and more. As a result, our understanding of the needs and roles of domesticated animals becomes weaker, and in some cases, distorted.


Many of today's consumers don't know how modern farmers produce meat, milk, and eggs. The image of the family farm with its red barn, a few chickens in the yard, some pigs in the mud, and cows in the field isn't accurate anymore. Today, U.S. animal agriculture is a dynamic, specialized endeavor - the envy of the rest of the world. Modern American agriculture allows 2% of the people to feed 100% of the population. Well cared for, healthy livestock and poultry is the key to this efficiency, resulting in the highest quality and most affordable food in the history of the world.

Modern farm animal production is no accident. Improved animal housing, handling practices, and healthy, nutritious feeds are the result of billions of dollars of private and government research into how to raise healthy animals. As American animal agriculture grows and changes, two truths remain constant: Farmers' and ranchers' concern for their animals' welfare, and their dedication to providing the highest quality, safest food in the world.

Some of the commonly heard myths about modern animal agriculture are listed below. Then general facts on how and why farmers and ranchers really operate follow. (Adapted from Animal Ag Alliance.)

MYTH       Most farm animals are raised on 'factory farms,' confined in 'crowded, unventilated cages

                 and sheds.'

FACT        Animals are kept in barns to protect the health and welfare of the animal.

                  protects animals from predators, disease and bad weather or extreme climates.

                  Housing also makes breeding and birth less stressful on the animals, protects young

                  animals and makes it easier for farmers to care for both healthy and sick animals. Modern

                  housing is well-ventilated, warm, well-lit, clean and scientifically-designed to meet the

                  animal's specific needs. Housing is designed to allow the farmer to provide the best care

                  possible for the animals he/she cares for.


                  Yes, just as in any industry, there are bad actors in agriculture. We as an association do

                  not condone the mistreatment of animals in any way. We work with producers to ensure

                  housing facilities are current with Pennsylvania's standards and do in fact provide the best

                  care for the animals.

MYTH       Farm animals on 'factory farms' are prone to disease, forcing farmers to routinely use

                  antibiotics, hormones and drugs to keep them alive, thus jeopardizing animal and

                  human health.

FACT        Animal scientists, veterinarians and on-farm experience show animals kept in housing

                  are generally healthier because they are protected. Farm animals do sometimes get sick.

                  To prevent illness and to ensure that an animal remains healthy all of its life, farmers will

                  take preventative measures, like using animal health products. These products are

                  generally included in scientifically formulated feed that matches the animal's needs. Animal

                  health products include animal drugs and vaccines, in addtion to vitamins, minerals and

                  other nutrients the animal needs in its diet. All animal health products are approved and

                  regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). 


MYTH       By eating less meat, Americans would improve the environment and free land and

                  resources for the production of food crops rather than animal products, which could be

                  used to feed the hungry overseas.

FACT        Americans need both animals and plants to manage the nation's natural resources and

                 feed its people. For example, about half the land area of the U.S. cannot be used for

                 growing crops - it can only be used for grazing animals. That land would be of no use as a

                 food resource if it were not for grazing livestock like cattle, goats and sheep. The U.S. has

                 more than enough cropland to grow both feed grains and food crops.
MYTH       Farming in the U.S. is controlled by large corporations, which care about profits and not about

                  animal welfare.

FACT        There are 2.1 million farms in the U.S. (63,000 in Pennsylvania alone!), according to a

                  May 2006 report on the structure and finances of U.S. farms. Exactly the same

                  number was counted by the 1997 Census of Agriculture. The 2006 report found that the vast

                  majority of America's farms (98%) are family farms.


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