The agriculture industry is a major employer and contributor to the Commonwealth’s economy. Agriculture generates employment and economic activity on 59,000 farms and in every county in the Commonwealth. On-farm agriculture production underpins a large food processing industry and agriculture support services located throughout the state, including bakeries, confectioners, dairy and meat processors, and snack food manufacturers, among others. Pennsylvania’s equine industry includes some of the top breeding farms nationwide and supports a strong racehorse
industry. The state’s forest products sector is grounded in hardwoods production, where Pennsylvania ranks first in export grade hardwood. The state has a growing beverage industry, and the state’s landscapers and horticulturalists provide important services to homeowners and
businesses, delivering aesthetic appeal, as well as valuable conservation and environmental benefits.