George D. Greig

Secretary of Agriculture, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Secretary George D. Greig, of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, by virtue of his position, serves as an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees.

George Greig was nominated by Governor Tom Corbett to serve as Secretary of Agriculture (PDA) on Feb. 1, 2011. In this role, Greig leads the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, which encourages, protects and promotes agriculture and related industries throughout the commonwealth while providing consumer protection through inspection services that impact the health and financial security of Pennsylvania's citizens.

Pennsylvania's 63,000 farm families continue to be the stewards of more than 7.7 million acres of farmland. With $6.1 billion in cash receipts annually from production agriculture, Pennsylvania farmers and agribusinesses are the leading economic driver in the commonwealth.

In addition to production agriculture, the industry also raises revenue and supplies jobs through support services such as food processing, marketing, transportation, and farm equipment. In total, production agriculture and agribusiness contributes nearly $61 billion to Pennsylvania's economy.

Greig was raised on a dairy and crop farm in Linesville, Crawford County, where he continues to grow and market corn and hay for feed and soybeans for biofuel in partnership with his brother.

Prior to joining the department, Greig was a local, state and national agriculture leader. For eight years, he was a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency State Committee. Greig is currently a state board member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and previously served as Crawford County Farm Bureau President for eight years, Crawford County board member for 12 years and has been local affairs chairman and served on the legislative committee.

Greig currently serves as a Conneaut Township Supervisor, and has served as a district director of the Crawford County Conservation District and member of the Great Lakes Regional Water Board.

Greig graduated from Linesville-Conneaut-Summit High School in 1969, where he was active in the agricultural education program and FFA. He attended The Pennsylvania State University and Edinboro University.

Greig resides on his 650-acre family farm in Crawford County, with his wife, Christine. Together, they have six children and three grandchildren.

February 2011