February 26, 2016 - Issue: Vol. 162, No. 31 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 2nd Session
ANNIVERSARY OF THE POTTER COUNTY EXTENSION; Congressional Record Vol. 162, No. 31
(House of Representatives - February 26, 2016)
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[Page H955] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] ANNIVERSARY OF THE POTTER COUNTY EXTENSION (Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to recognize the 100th anniversary of the Penn State Potter County Cooperative Extension, which connects those in the agriculture industry with the tools and the knowledge to build and grow their farms. This landmark anniversary will be celebrated at the Extension's annual Black and White Gala this Saturday, February 27. Agriculture continues to be a major industry in Potter County and has also played a big role in the county's heritage, especially when it comes to potatoes. Potter County is the home of Potato City, which was built in 1949 through the efforts of the Pennsylvania potato growers, packers, and related industries. It was there that Dr. E.L. Nixon, uncle of President Richard Nixon, worked on the development of new types of potatoes for crossbreeding. To this day, the Potato City Country Inn is a tourist destination for people across the Commonwealth. Potatoes from Potter County also continue to be sold across the United States and in many foreign countries. I congratulate the Extension on 100 years of serving local farmers, and I wish them continued success in the future. ____________________