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Growing Pennsylvania’s Organic Farms Conference to Equip New, Seasoned Farmers with Latest Techniques

Organic farmers from throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will have the opportunity to learn from internationally renowned organic and sustainable agriculture experts next month when the fourth annual Growing Pennsylvania’s Organic Farms Conference is held at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey. The conference runs from December 12 – 13.

Veterans in Agriculture to Shine During 2018 PA Farm Show

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Adjutant General Major General Tony Carrelli today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is partnering with the state’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) again to host Veterans, Military, and Their Families Day on Thursday, January 11, as part of the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Wolf Administration Reconvenes Rural Development Council to Lend Expertise on Issues Affecting Nearly 3.4 Million Pennsylvanians

On behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today chaired the first meeting of the reconstituted Rural Development Council—a group the governor is reestablishing to provide an opportunity for rural Pennsylvanians to have a louder voice in state government and to better coordinate state resources and programs to rural communities.

PA Agriculture Department Adds Seven Counties to Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Zone

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced today that it has expanded the areas quarantined due to Spotted Lanternfly, but unlike past quarantine expansions, is now applying the designation at the county level in order to provide an additional level of protection. Previously, quarantines were imposed only at the municipal level.

Department of Agriculture Reminds Pennsylvanians of Upcoming Exhibit Deadlines for the 2018 PA Farm Show

Pennsylvanians who want to showcase their finest animals or farm products to hundreds of thousands of visitors have just a few weeks to enter the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show, set for January 6-13 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

Wolf Administration Announces State Veterinary Lab System Earns 5-Year National Accreditation

Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration announced today that Pennsylvania’s Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System (PADLS) has been recognized with a national quality credential. This puts Pennsylvania among the leading states to have earned this distinction, demonstrating the system’s ongoing commitment to animal health and food safety.

Wolf Administration Touts Expanded Biofuel Infrastructure through Public-Private Partnership

Middletown, Pa. – Pennsylvania’s travelers now have expanded opportunities for filling their vehicles with renewable fuels thanks to a federal grant the Wolf administration secured in 2015 from the United States Department of Agriculture. The $7 million grant allowed the Sheetz Corporation to expand ethanol availability to 340 more fuel pumps at 77 store locations across the state.

Wolf Administration Urges Safety Precautions to Protect Poultry During Fall Migration Season

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Wolf Administration officials reiterated the importance of biosecurity precautions to protect Pennsylvanian’s poultry industry from devastating losses like those experienced in mid-western states during recent outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza, a viral disease that affects birds.

PA PreferredTM Reception Opens the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show, Showcases the Best of Pennsylvania Agriculture

PA PreferredTM members and partner organizations have the opportunity to showcase the finest products that Pennsylvania agriculture has to offer in a unique celebration that will kick off the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show.

PA Adds 44 Farms, More Than 3,600 Acres to Nation’s Leading Farmland Preservation Program

At yesterday’s bi-monthly meeting, Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board permanently preserved 3,620 acres on 44 farms for agricultural production as part of the Wolf administration’s continued commitment to the future of agriculture in the state.

Fun Activities, Food and Contests Make Keystone International Livestock Expo a Family Destination

Complete with Farm Show milkshakes, draft horse competitions, and opportunities for hands-on learning and up-close visits with livestock, the Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) opens today at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, serving as a prelude to the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Second Annual Farm Show Star-Spangled Sing-Off Asks, ‘Oh, Say, Can You Sing?’

The 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show will begin each day with a talented Pennsylvanian in the spotlight performing the national anthem live. Today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding invited Pennsylvanians to enter a Star-Spangled Sing-off via Facebook to determine who will win the honor of singing each morning. The contest runs from Sunday, October 1 to Friday, October 20.

Agriculture Secretary Celebrates Contribution of Fairs to Economy, Community with Visit to Ephrata Fair

Highlighting the connection between production agriculture and tourism as local economic drivers, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today visited the Ephrata Fair in Ephrata, Lancaster County.

Agriculture Department, Penn State Researchers Seek Public Input on State Pollinator Protection Plan

Farmers, gardeners and other Pennsylvanians concerned about the health of pollinators given their critically important role growing and producing food now have the chance to comment on a draft of the state’s proposed Pollinator Protection Plan. The plan, developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State University is designed to protect bees and other insects that pollinate nearly 75 percent of the commonwealth’s food crops.

Agriculture Secretary: Fund for Protecting Dogs, Public on Brink of Insolvency; Outlines Need for Legislative Fix

 Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding testified today before members of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on the looming insolvency of the Dog Law Restricted Fund, which supports work to protect communities from dangerous dogs, reunite lost dogs with their owners, and protect animals and consumers from unscrupulous kennel operators. The hearing was held to discuss House Bill 1463, which includes measures crucial to restoring the fund’s solvency, and modernizing dog licensing in the state.

Blair County Woman Named 2017 Pennsylvania Dairy Princess

Yvonne Longenecker of Williamsburg, Blair County, will represent the state’s dairy industry at events across the state for the next year as its 61st Pennsylvania Dairy Princess.

State Horse Racing Commission Outlines New Medication, Testing Regulations to Strengthen Integrity of Industry

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced today that aggressive new regulations instituted by the state Horse Racing Commission are proving effective in strengthening the integrity of the state’s equine racing industry.

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Expands in Six Southeastern PA Counties

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has added 26 municipalities in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties to the areas quarantined after confirming the presence of Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive species that threatens a number of agricultural products and plant species. The quarantine was already in effect in other areas of the six counties.

Central PA Food Bank Honors Wolf Administration with Hunger Hero Award

Citing the Wolf Administration’s Blueprint for a Hunger-Free Pennsylvania and first-ever support for an innovative program that is connecting farmers with those facing hunger, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding last week accepted the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Hunger Heroes Advocacy Partner Award.

Wolf Administration Encourages Schools to Register for 23rd Farm City Day

Students in grades two through five will have the chance to learn about and experience agriculture up close next month during the 23rd annual Farm City Day at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, according to state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, who reminded interested educators that the registration deadline is this Friday, September 22.

Agriculture Secretary Calls Latest Budget Plan More of the Same from House Republicans: A Short-Term Fix at the Expense of Agriculture

Following this afternoon’s vote by the House Rules Committee—and in advance of an expected final vote tonight—state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding expressed his disappointment that House Republicans continue to advocate for an unsustainable approach to balancing Pennsylvania’s budget that comes at the expense of agriculture.

Wolf Administration Touts PA’s Leadership in U.S. Mushroom Industry

On behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today joined industry leaders to celebrate Pennsylvania’s nation-leading mushroom industry at the 32nd annual Mushroom Festival in Chester County.

House Republicans’ Budget Plan Threatens Agriculture Industry; Reneges on Commitments to Farmers, Counties

In a letter to the chairs of the Senate and House Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees, Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today expressed alarm at the implications of a recently unveiled plan by some state House members to balance the fiscal year 2017-18 budget.

Department of Agriculture Warns Consumers to Discard Improperly Pasteurized Chocolate Milk from Somerset County Dairy

Consumers who purchased pints of chocolate milk from Moo Echo Dairy in Somerset County should immediately discard the milk. Twenty pints were sold in plastic bottles with the sell-by date of September 21, 2017. Tests completed during routine sampling indicated that the product was not properly pasteurized. Moo Echo Dairy is located at 3671 Glades Pike in Somerset.

PA Agriculture Department Warns Consumers to Discard Improperly Pasteurized Heavy Cream from Lancaster County Dairy

Consumers who purchased heavy cream from Oregon Dairy, Inc. in Lancaster County should immediately discard the cream, which was sold in plastic pints and quarts with the sell-by date of September 7, 2017. Tests completed during routine sampling indicated that the product was not properly pasteurized. Oregon Dairy is located at 2900 Oregon Pike in Lititz.

State Department of Agriculture Warns Consumers to Discard Improperly Pasteurized Heavy Cream from Washington County Dairy

Consumers who purchased heavy cream from The Spring House Dairy in Washington County should immediately discard the cream, which was sold in plastic pints and plastic half gallons with code 9-03.

Agriculture Secretary Visits Industrial Hemp Research Project Exploring Economic Potential for Promising, Versatile Crop

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding visited Abram Ziegler’s farm in Montour County today, one of 14 research projects exploring the economic value and viability of industrial hemp as a marketable crop in Pennsylvania.
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