The Pennsylvania State Senate unanimously confirmed Russell C. Redding of Aspers, Adams County, as the Commonwealth’s 26th Secretary of Agriculture.

“It’s an honor to again serve Pennsylvanians and the state’s agriculture industry as secretary,” said Redding. “I thank the members of the Senate not only for their vote of confidence in my guidance of this department, but also for their insightful conversations with me about how the department can best serve Pennsylvanians. That dialogue is important as we set out to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities present in agriculture today.”

Redding served as agriculture secretary from 2009-2011 under Governor Ed Rendell and most recently served as dean of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Delaware Valley College, now Delaware Valley University. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, having earned his B.S. in Agriculture Education and M.S. in Agriculture and Extension Education. Russell, his wife Nina and sons Garrison and Elliot farm in the Gettysburg area, where the family is active in the community, their church and the local 4-H Club.