Dr. Maria Gallo inspired the September 2017 meeting of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture with a lively and challenging presentation. Dr. Gallo focused on her extensive experiences in research and leadership in agriculture, academics and extension. She highlighted data showing the increased need for technology training at all levels of agriculture and the declining number of graduates to fill this need. She concluded her presentation with an announcement of her intention to bring a high level farmer training program to Pennsylvania and the region. This new initiative at Delaware Valley University will be modeled after her successful experiences with a similar program in Hawaii. Members attending the September meeting would all agree that Dr. Maria Gallo, a member of the Society, will provide dynamic leadership for Delaware Valley University far into the future.
The Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture recognized three new members at our September meeting with the presentation of their credentials by our president, John Urbanchuk. The three included Dr. Maria Gallo, Dr. Scott Sheely, and Wendy Calhoun. In all three cases John Urbanchuk expressed the feelings of the entire society in welcoming our new members and urging them to participate on a regular basis. In future editions of the newsletter we will learn more about each of our new members. The next time you attend a meeting of the Society please take a moment to personally welcome our new members and make them feel at home in America’s oldest agricultural society.