On behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Department of Community and Economic Development Executive Deputy Secretary Neil Weaver today joined community leaders at Republic Food Enterprise Center in Uniontown, Fayette County, in celebration of a recently approved initiative aimed at increasing food production and exportation in the region. <br> <br>
Exhibitors in North America’s largest dairy show can save big on entry fees by registering by Friday, Aug. 18. The All-American Dairy Show is set for Sept. 16 to 21 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
For the second consecutive year following a one-year precautionary ban in 2015, poultry exhibits will again be part of Pennsylvania’s 109 county and community fairs in 2017, according to Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, who added that testing protocols remain in place for exhibitors prior to entering their birds. <br> <br>
Pennsylvania’s Horse Racing Commission today revoked the licenses of trainer Murray Rojas following her June 30 conviction by a federal jury on 14 felony counts of administering drugs to horses on race days.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced today that nine municipalities in southeastern Pennsylvania have been added to the list of areas quarantined due to the invasive Spotted Lanternfly.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today joined a panel of state officials and economic and environmental experts to brief members of the congressional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus on the destructive impact President Trump’s proposed budget cuts will have on efforts to clean up the bay watershed.
York, PA - Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne joined Chef Andrew Barnes today at York Central Market House, learning to prepare dishes eligible seniors can make with fresh, Pennsylvania-grown produce purchased through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. The program is part of the Wolf Administration’s strategy for a hunger-free Pennsylvania.
An innovative program funded for the first time during the Wolf administration is delivering on its promise to put surplus agricultural products into the homes of families grappling with hunger, rather than going to waste in a field, according to state Department of Agriculture Executive Deputy Secretary Michael Smith.
A partnership between Pennsylvania State Police and food safety inspectors from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is helping to ensure the safety of foods while on the road, especially during the summer months, according to state officials who today announced the start of a special annual enforcement effort.
The state’s Department of Agriculture announced that board members have been appointed to lead the new Pennsylvania Apple Program, which replaced the previous Pennsylvania Apple Marketing Program (PAMP). That program expired on May 26, 2017, after state apple growers voted last fall to discontinue the program.
During a visit to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today warned that the fund which helps Pennsylvania to protect the well-being of dogs, as well as members of the public from dangerous dogs, will run out of money in the next year without reforms that will modernize operations and raise revenues.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding thanked more than 1,500 high school students, teachers and guests in Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center last evening for their commitment to agriculture as part of the Pennsylvania State FFA Convention and Activities Week.
Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board last week added 2,724 acres on 34 farms in 15 counties to the more than 5,100 farms across the state permanently preserved for agricultural production.
Lititz, PA – Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding kicked off Family Farm Days at Oregon Dairy in Lancaster County today, as part of the commonwealth’s continuing celebration of Dairy Month in Pennsylvania.
Travelers in Pennsylvania can use the 2017 Pennsylvania Fair Guide, available in print and online, to find family-friendly destinations across the commonwealth.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding joined local officials marking Dairy Month in Pennsylvania by unveiling a Cumberland Township Historical Society marker at the site of the former Barlow Creamery.
As Pennsylvanians enjoy outdoor activities across the Keystone State, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today offered a series of tips to reduce the threat of rabies, such as vaccinating pets and staying clear of wild animals.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced that a captive deer has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania. This is the third case of CWD discovered in a captive deer farm in four months.
Pocono Manor, PA - Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today visited the nation’s largest indoor water park to remind adventure and thrill seekers to have fun safely this summer.
Governor Tom Wolf today honored Dr. Aliza Simeone, of Chester County, with the Governor’s Award for Excellence, recognizing her leadership while serving as Pennsylvania’s acting state veterinarian. During her five-month appointment, Pennsylvania overcame an outbreak of a potentially severe equine disease and managed to improve its response capabilities against avian influenza.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today toured a Cumberland County farm that plans to expand its operations and double its workforce, thanks to a low-interest loan from the Wolf Administration through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA). The loan program demonstrates Governor Tom Wolf’s commitment to ‘Jobs That Pay’ by investing in agriculture as a driver of economic growth to create and retain jobs.
Harrisburg, PA - Appearing before the state House Agriculture and Rural Affairs committee, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today outlined challenges and opportunities facing Pennsylvania’s food and fiber industries, but cautioned making progress on those issues could be jeopardized if the House-passed budget bill becomes law.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Division of Amusement Rides and Attractions today released findings from its investigation into an August 2016 incident at Idlewild and SoakZone Park in Westmoreland County where a young child was ejected from the Rollo Coaster ride.
The commonwealth’s Department of Agriculture announced today that state apple growers voted in favor of a new Pennsylvania Apple Program to replace the existing Pennsylvania Apple Marketing Program (PAMP), which is set to expire on May 26. Apple growers voted last fall to discontinue that program in its current form.
Honesdale, PA – In a speech to Wayne County’s economic development leaders, state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding applauded the county’s focus on food systems and agriculture as part of their ongoing effort to chart a path toward sustainable and long-term growth in the county, adding that the time is ripe for such a focus.
Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board safeguarded 2,432 more acres on 31 farms in 19 counties throughout the state during its April meeting.
The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission today reminded Standardbred horse owners that 2017 Sire Stakes payments for 2-year-old and 3-year-old horses are due by May 15, 2017.
Pennsylvania’s agriculture secretary and state veterinarian today urged poultry owners to practice good biosecurity measures to keep their flocks safe, following the discovery of highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in two Tennessee chicken flocks.
Pennsylvania apple growers are set to vote on a new Apple Program Order during a referendum that will remain open through Tuesday, April 18.
Beef producers earned a record $354,900 for top-quality bulls at the 44th Pennsylvania Performance Tested Bull Sale, Friday, March 31, at the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County.