The Pennsylvania Farm Show, the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, is celebrating its 100th year. Over 6000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits, and 300 commercial exhibits will be present by week’s end. If you’ve never been to the show, I highly recommend checking it out next year.
I took a trip down to the show to represent Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation. Many people don’t make the connection that farming, agriculture, and natural gas development go hand-in-hand. If you look across Susquehanna County, the number one producing region in all of the Marcellus shale, many of Cabot’s wells are developed, responsibly, on high-quality farmland.
One of my stops at the Farm Show is the annual 4-H auction. As far as auctions go, this event is similar to the Harford Fair – which I’ve detailed on the Well Said numerous times. What makes this particular auction great is the clientele in the audience; everyone from Weis Markets and Hoss’s Steak & Sea House to New Holland is present. Many E&P companies from across the Marcellus also make the trip in too. This year buyers for Seneca Resources, Inflection Energy, & Chief Oil & Gas were in the audience.
I traditionally focus my buying on Susquehanna and Wyoming counties. But this year I expanded the buying territory to include Columbia and Montour counties. I was also interested in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties too, but no one showed any livestock from either county.
By the end of the auction, I managed to purchase eight livestock. I did bid on a few more, but the other buyers were more aggressive in the bidding. Here are the young adults and their animals Cabot bought this year:
In addition to the 4-H auction, I attended the legislative breakfast during the show. John Plowman of Hunters Sharing the Harvest arranged for sponsors of the HSH program to sit together at the breakfast. During the breakfast, we heard from Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack & Secretary of Agriculture Russel Redding discussing Pennsylvania’s number one industry, agriculture, and its bright future. The presentation also included an informative panel discussion on how the farm show has evolved. Panelists included the last five secretaries of agriculture.
To close out my visit to the farm show, I stopped by Pa Farm Country Radio’s both to visit with Dave Williams, the host. Dave is a celebrity at the Farm Show (actually Pa Farm Bureau’s 2015 Man of the Year). He is also an enormous supporter of natural gas development. I regularly appear on Dave’s show to discuss everything from natural gas to Cabot philanthropic activities. This interview was no different. Dave was very interested in Cabot’s participation at the 4-H auction. He was encouraged to hear more E & P companies had come out this year to the auction. We also discussed the current state of the industry and the outlook for 2016. Here is the interview: