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Harrisburg, PA – On Thursday, May 29, 2024, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HU) President, Eric Darr, PhD, addressed a meeting of the York Rotary Club held at the Country Club of York.

Dr. Darr spent time unpacking the University’s significant milestones and growth over the years, with a focus on recent expansions of HU’s Center for Advanced Agriculture and Sustainability (CAAS) programs. Dr. Darr provided the Rotary Club with updates on several exciting developments, including a new urban greenhouse in downtown York and a strategic partnership with the York County Agricultural Society (YCAS) currently taking shape at the York Fairgrounds.

The overall mission at CAAS is to support innovations that benefit the economic and environmental sustainability of food and agriculture in Pennsylvania. Strong regional partnerships, like the one in York, advance this mission and help secure a brighter future for both our farming communities and the natural ecosystems that sustain us.

Harrisburg University continues to make robust commitments to the advancement of agricultural technology through interdisciplinary research initiatives, cutting-edge programs, and strategic partnerships. The CAAS furthers this work by integrating science, technology, and agriculture with hands-on and locally relevant experiences.

As these projects take shape in York, they will represent the next stage of cooperation between legacy industries (farmers), high-tech innovators from private industry, and future-defining universities.


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