Deputy Secretary for Animal Agriculture
Mathew Meals was named Deputy Secretary for Animal Agriculture in June 2011. He is responsible for the Bureau of Animal Health, Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission, Horse and Harness Racing Commission, Pennsylvania Equine Toxicology Research Laboratory, Livestock Evaluation Center, state-owned farms and other agricultural initiatives.
Meals earned a Bachelor of Technology in Agricultural Business Management and an Associate of Applied Science in Agricultural Power Machinery from the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology. In addition to his formal education, Meals has more than 11 years of professional agricultural experience in farm management where he gained first-hand experience in agricultural finance, farm business management, agricultural product marketing and the use of technology to increase productivity.
Meals has held positions on local, state and national boards. Most recently, he served as chairman of the American Farm Bureau Federation of the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee.
Along with his business partner, Mathew owns and operates R Valley Farms, a beef and crop farm in Newville, Cumberland County.
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