Penn State

Gov. Corbett not attending Ag Days Progress lunch

Gov. Tom Corbett won’t be at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days on Wednesday for the annual government and industry lunch, his press office said.

The governor had a trip to the grounds in Rock Springs on his schedule, but he’ll instead go to the funeral of former state Gov. Bill Scranton in Scranton on Wednesday morning.

The luncheon is an invitation-only event that typically attracts politicians and political hopefuls, depending on the year. Corbett did not attend last year, but he did come in previous years: in 2011 as governor and 2010 as a gubernatorial candidate.

Gov. Ed Rendell attended almost every year he was in office.

This year’s Ag Progress lunch will include Penn State President Rodney Erickson, state Agriculture Secretary George Greig, U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, and the interim dean of the university’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Barbara Christ.

Thompson and Greig will discuss agricultural policy later Wednesday afternoon. The event, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Red Barn, is open to the public.

Corbett, who is up for re-election next year and has faced criticism over the pace of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse investigation when he was the attorney general running for governor, most recently visited Centre County last week. He kayaked in the waters of Sayers Lake at Bald Eagle State Park to promote ecotourism.