STATE COLLEGE — U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) will lead a farm rally and free dinner reception in support of women in agriculture and farmers of Pennsylvania, featuring keynote speaker Gov. Tom Corbett on July 31, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Haines Family Farm in Shade Gap, Huntingdon County.
Both Thompson and Corbett are running for re-election in November, after winning their party’s nominations in the May primary election.
“Agriculture is the single, largest employer in Pennsylvania, providing work for one-in-seven citizens of our commonwealth,” said Thompson, winner of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 2014 Golden Plow award.
“Women agriculture professionals play a vital and indispensable role in the long and proud legacy of family farming that feeds our nation and the world, and provides solid, family-sustaining jobs. It’s my honor and privilege to represent our agriculture community in all 16 counties of the Fifth district, and to work closely with the PA Farm Bureau, 4-H, FFA, and Grange to strengthen and protect our farms.”
“Our rally speaker and guest of honor, Gov. Tom Corbett, has a strong record of fighting for our farm families. He led the charge to eliminate the crippling inheritance tax, so that Pennsylvanians can now pass their family farms on to their children and grandchildren,” said Thompson.
“Working with our legislators, Gov. Tom Corbett and Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley have also increased funding for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, for Ag research and extension programs administered by Penn State, and even our county fairs. The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau has also praised the Corbett administration for helping to grow markets for Pennsylvania’s farm products by establishing the PA Preferred® trademark.”
“If you support women in Pennsylvania agriculture, good government, and love fresh, delicious, local food, you won’t want to miss this event, but seating is limited,” said Marcie Lynch, campaign director for Friends of Glenn Thompson. Dinner will be provided at 5:15 p.m.
The event is sponsored by The Pennsylvania Ag Republicans. U.S. Reps. Bill Shuster (PA-9) and Tom Marino (PA-10) are also expected to attend.