Coalition a presence at farm show

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Marcellus Shale Coalition and several natural gas industry employees participated in the 97th-annual Pennsylvania Farm Show at the Harrisburg Farm Show Complex.

For the third consecutive year, coalition member companies hosted a booth, where members provided farmers and agriculture industry members access to natural gas development information.

“The agriculture community is a key partner in the responsible development of clean-burning natural gas,” said Kathryn Klaber, coalition chief executive officer. “In each of the past three years that we’ve participated in the farm show, we’ve found more interest in Marcellus-related issues and more informed show-goers who are personally realizing the benefits of this world-class resource. Our industry is grateful for and proud of the strong, working relationships that we continue to build across the agriculture community. This is a unique partnership, given our shared goals of responsible land development and producing commodities that benefit the regional economy.”

In addition to sponsoring a booth in the exhibit hall, the coalition contributed $5,000 to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation on behalf of its members. Since 1993, the Farm Show Scholarship Foundation has recognized more than 400 students with scholarships totaling $1 million. Students who participate in 4-H and Future Farmers of America and show animals at the farm show are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Eric Cowden, coalition community outreach manager and agricultural liaison, is a past recipient of the Farm Show Scholarship and is a member of the selection committee.

“As a Pennsylvania farmer and a past recipient of the Farm Show Scholarship, I can say that the leadership, values and work ethic that embody the 4-H and FFA programs absolutely prepare students to become the commonwealth’s next generation of agriculture leaders,” said Cowden. “MSC member companies remain committed to supporting these important programs.”

The farm show’s 2013 theme was “Made in Pennsylvania. It makes a difference.”