Harrisburg, Pa. – For his dedication and service to the Pennsylvania agriculture industry, the Pennsylvania Livestock Association (PLA) inducted Hon. Glenn “GT” Thompson, Howard, Centre County, into the Pennsylvania Livestock Hall of Fame for 2018.
Thompson was honored as part of a ceremony that officially kicked off the 2018 Keystone International Livestock Exposition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
The Pennsylvania Livestock Hall of Fame honors excellence in animal agriculture and leaders in local, state, national, and international endeavors. According to the Pennsylvania Livestock Association, it is “the highest honor that the livestock industry of Pennsylvania can bestow on an individual.” Thompson’s portrait will hang with those of other hall of fame inductees at the entrance to the New Holland Large Arena concourse from the walkway that connects the old and new sections of the complex.
A life-long resident of Howard Township, Centre County, Pa., Congressmen Glenn “GT” Thompson represents Pennsylvania’s Fifth District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He shares his home in Howard with his wife of more than 30 years, Penny.
Thompson is a 40-year veteran of the Juniata Valley Boy Scout Council and has served as Scoutmaster, council executive board member, and council president. In 2012, Thompson received the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, of which only 2,000 have been presented since 1969.
As a member of the Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Education & Workforce committees, Thompson brings his expertise and knowledge to the issues facing agricultural, rural businesses, communities, and families. Previously, Thompson served three terms as Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry and currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Agriculture Committee and as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Nutrition.
Thompson is a strong advocate of Pennsylvania’s agricultural industries, including the dairy and hardwood timber industries. Currently, he is working on legislation to develop support for an “Improved Margin Protection Program” for the dairy industry. As an Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman, he assisted in drafting a Farm Bill that, on February 7, 2014, President Obama signed into law as the Agricultural Act of 2014 as a five-year Farm Bill reauthorization. He is currently working on the next reauthorization of the Farm Bill.
The Keystone International Livestock Exposition is the largest livestock show on the East Coast, with more than 1,400 beef cattle, 1,110 horse, 1,700 sheep and wool, 225 swine, and 260 goat entries in 2018. This year, more than 900 exhibitors from 25 states are competing in livestock events. The show also includes the 11th Annual Keystone Classic Barbecue Competition, a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event to select the state's finest culinary competitors and the first annual ranch riding competition hosted by the East Coast Ranch Riding Association.
All events are open to the public with free admission and parking. Find more information and a complete schedule of events at www.keystoneinternational.pa.gov.