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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Highlighting the connection between production agriculture and tourism as local economic drivers, today Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding visited the Sullivan County Fair in Forksville, Sullivan County. He then traveled to the Wyoming County Fair in Meshoppen Township, Wyoming County.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding toured a Sterman Masser potato operation in northern Dauphin County today where company executives demonstrated how an innovative, high-tech 12-row harvester is not only transforming their operation, but also highlighting the need to recruit and train a skilled workforce capable of maintaining such advanced technology and equipment.
Highlighting the connection between production agriculture and tourism as local economic drivers, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today visited the Transfer Harvest Home Fair in Transfer, Mercer County. He then traveled to the Hookstown Fair in Hookstown, Beaver County.
Highlighting the connection between production agriculture and tourism as local economic drivers, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today visited the Greene Dreher Sterling Fair in Newfoundland, Wayne County.
Pennsylvania sheep and goat producers received $66,000 for 106 elite animals during the Livestock Evaluation Center’s 39th annual Performance Tested Ram Lamb and Meat Goat Buck Sale. The yearly sale provides an opportunity for the region’s producers to purchase the best genetics to improve their herds and flocks.
On the final day of Ag Progress Days, State Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding honored two military veterans-turned-farmers as the newest members of Pennsylvania’s Homegrown By Heroes program.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding visited two of 14 research projects that seek to demonstrate the economic value and viability of industrial hemp as a marketable crop in Pennsylvania.
Highlighting the connection between production agriculture and tourism as local economic drivers, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today visited the Perry County Community Fair in Newport, Perry County.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today honored the Wendell Henry family, whose Houstontown, Fulton County, farm has been in their family for 200 years, designating their farm as a Pennsylvania Bicentennial Farm. Redding also presented Century Farm awards to Dwight D. and Nancy J. Messersmith of Danville, Montour County, and to the Leroy and Barry Barnes and Genevieve Robine family of Portage, Blair County, whose farms have been in their families for 100 years.
Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board announced yesterday that it added 2,999 acres on 33 farms in 12 counties to the more than half a million acres and 5,100 Pennsylvania farms permanently preserved for agricultural production.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today announced that 27 deer from a Bedford County deer farm have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD. The department quarantined the herd on February 16, 2017, after a white-tailed deer on the farm died. The deer subsequently tested positive for the disease.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has added 21 municipalities in Berks, Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties to the areas quarantined due to the presence of the invasive insect Spotted Lanternfly. The quarantine was already in effect for parts of those five counties, as well as Chester County.
In recognition of PA Produce Month, Secretary Russell Redding commended Pittsburgh-area farmers yesterday for generous donations of locally-grown fruits and vegetables to food bank members of the Feeding Pennsylvania partnership. Local farm donors provided a total of more than 750,000 pounds of produce to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank during the previous fiscal year.
Visitors to the Penn State College of Agricultural Science’s annual Ag Progress Days will get a chance to see firsthand why there is so much excitement about the industry’s future in Pennsylvania, said state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today as he unveiled a schedule of events and discussions the Department of Agriculture will host over the three-day event.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding visited JustBen Agriculture’s Mifflin County farm on Monday to view progress at one of 16 research projects that seek to demonstrate the economic value and viability of industrial hemp as a marketable crop in Pennsylvania.
During a visit to the A.N.N.A. Shelter in Erie, Executive Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Smith today warned that the fund which helps Pennsylvania to protect the well-being of dogs, and protects members of the public from dangerous dogs, will run out of money within the next year – possibly by November – without reforms that will modernize operations and raise revenues.
Producers planning fall crops should exercise caution by only purchasing seed that has been tested and labeled to comply with Pennsylvania law, said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today. Redding warned that untested “brown bag” seed can threaten crop yields, farm productivity and financial viability.
The State Horse Racing Commission will reopen the application process for Pennsylvania’s sole remaining Standardbred pari-mutuel racetrack license. Applicants will have 120 days, beginning August 1, 2017 and closing on November 28, 2017, to file an application with the commission.
During a visit to the Pennsylvania Organic Farm Fest at Centre County Grange Fairgrounds, state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today recognized Pennsylvania Certified Organic for helping make the commonwealth one of the nation’s leading states for organic agriculture. PCO, a U.S. Department of Agriculture-accredited organization that certifies operations as organic, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Following yesterday’s tragic accident at the Ohio State Fair, Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today outlined steps the Wolf Administration is taking to ensure the safety of amusement riders in the commonwealth.