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Veterans in Agriculture to Shine During 2018 PA Farm Show

11/07/2018
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.

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

10/26/2018
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.

Cheviot and Hampshire Breeding Sheep Win Supreme in Youth Show

01/13/2018
Brooke Mazepink from Parkesburg, Chester Co., brought home the Supreme Champion Ram title with her Cheviot Ram during the Junior Breeding Sheep Show at the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Thousands Discover Wooden Wonders at the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show

01/13/2018
All it takes is a tree branch and a $20 pocket knife to create thousands of dollars’ worth of art. That’s what Lancaster wood carver Chris Lubkemann began more than 40 years ago to pay his college tuition.

Agriculture Department, Penn State Release Recommendations to Maintain Healthy, Diverse Pollinator Populations

01/08/2018
Standing in front of one of the more popular exhibits at the Pennsylvania Farm Show — an educational display on the importance of bees to society — state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today helped unveil a new report intended to support healthy pollinator populations in the face of challenges that have decimated some species.

Half-Ton Butter Sculpture Depicts ‘Strength in Our Diversity,’ Careers in Agriculture from Farm to Table

01/05/2018
A sculpture carved from a half-ton of butter depicting the diversity of Pennsylvania agriculture — specifically careers and roles that support the dairy industry — was unveiled today at the 102nd Farm Show.<br>

Half-Ton Butter Sculpture Depicts ‘Strength in Our Diversity,’ Careers in Agriculture from Farm to Table

01/04/2018
A sculpture carved from a half-ton of butter depicting the diversity of Pennsylvania agriculture — specifically careers and roles that support the dairy industry — was unveiled today at the 102nd Farm Show.<br>

Half-Ton Butter Sculpture Depicts ‘Strength in Our Diversity,’ Careers in Agriculture from Farm to Table

01/04/2018
A sculpture carved from a half-ton of butter depicting the diversity of Pennsylvania agriculture — specifically careers and roles that support the dairy industry — was unveiled today at the 102nd Farm Show.

New Study Highlights PA’s Potential for New Dairy Processing Plants

01/03/2018
A new study released today paints a promising picture of the commonwealth’s potential for dairy processors looking to relocate or expand their operations. The study was performed by three nationally renowned experts in supply chain management, dairy policy and agriculture economics and was funded jointly by the Wolf administration and the Center for Dairy Excellence.

Department of Agriculture’s ‘Feed With Care’ Campaign Urges Pennsylvanians to Include Pets in Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

01/01/2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is kicking off the new year with a campaign urging pet owners to “Feed With Care,” and consider safe feeding habits to protect their pets’ wellbeing.

Wolf Administration Encourages Specialty Crop Producers to Apply for Grants to Improve Market Visibility, Competitive Advantage

12/29/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will accept concept proposals through January 25, 2018, for projects that increase the visibility and competitiveness of the state’s fruit and vegetable, nursery, horticultural, and nut products in the marketplace.

Wolf Administration Accepting Research Grant Proposals on Key Issues Affecting Agriculture

12/29/2017
Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced today that more than $860,000 in grant funding is now available to researchers interested in finding solutions to some of the most pressing and persistent problems confronting the commonwealth’s farms and farmers.

Alaskan Reindeer Receive Clean Bill of Health for Pennsylvania Deliveries

12/21/2017
Pennsylvania State Veterinarian Dr. David R. Wolfgang today announced that a team of reindeer from North Pole, AK has been cleared to cross state lines to make deliveries on December 24 to “good girls and boys” in all 67 Pennsylvania counties.

Wolf Administration Adds 29 Farms Covering 2,093 Acres to PA Farmland Preservation Program

12/18/2017
During a meeting of Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board on Thursday, December 14, the commonwealth added to its nation-leading status for protecting prime farmland from development by approving conservation easement purchases that will protect another 29 farms totaling 2,093 acres.

Agriculture Department Offers Training to Help Farms Produce Food Safely, Prevent Foodborne Illness

12/15/2017
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced that the department will sponsor a series of training programs across the state to help farmers grow produce safely, prevent foodborne illness, and comply with new federal standards.

Four Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease on Franklin, Fulton County Quarantined Hunting Preserves

12/15/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today announced that four captive deer have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania, bringing the total count to 44 since the disease was discovered in Pennsylvania in 2012.

Agriculture Secretary Reminds Dog Owners to Start the New Year with a New License

12/11/2017
If you’re making a list and checking it twice, don’t forget to include a new license and up-to-date rabies vaccine for your canine companions. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding reminded dog owners today that they have until December 31 to purchase a 2018 license for their dog.

Register Now to Compete in 2018 Farm Show’s Antique Tractor, Engine Show

12/11/2017
Antique farm equipment enthusiasts can help to tell the story of Pennsylvania’s diverse agricultural history by bringing their vintage iron to the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg next month.

Wolf Administration Officials Tour New Agricultural, Environmental Learning Center at Philadelphia’s Largest Head Start Center

12/08/2017
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, and Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell participated in the grand opening of the first Head Start center in Philadelphia to use agriculture and environmental lessons for teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts to young children.

Tax Credits Available to Help Farmers Add Conservation Practices, Improve Water Quality

12/07/2017
Pennsylvania farmers who want to implement best management practices (BMPs) or purchase on-farm conservation equipment should apply for 2017-18 Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program tax credits.

PA Agriculture Secretary, PA National Guard Kick Off ‘Trees for Troops’ Donation Weekend at Carbon County Tree Farm

12/01/2017
Lehighton, PA – Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Lt. Col. Michael Siriani of the Pennsylvania National Guard today helped kick off the state’s 2017 Trees for Troops weekend, encouraging Pennsylvanians to donate real Christmas trees for distribution to active-duty military and their families.

Homegrown Hard Cider Joins Growing List of Pennsylvania Agriculture Products Slated for 102nd Farm Show Competition

11/30/2017
Judging for the first-ever Pennsylvania Farm Show Cider Competition was held today at the PA Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, pitting 26 entries from licensed PA cideries against one another in seven categories of hard cider.

Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission Announces Breeders Fund Awards, Sire Stakes Eligibility Deadlines

11/27/2017
Horsemen must remember two important February deadlines in order to maintain eligibility in the Pennsylvania Breeders Fund Award Program and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Program.&nbsp; <br><br>

Pennsylvania Hunters Encouraged to Donate Venison to Help Feed Hungry

11/21/2017
Thanks to record-breaking donations of deer meat from Pennsylvania hunters and a helping hand from the Wolf Administration, the state’s charitable food system will provide more than one half million servings of ground venison through food banks, soup kitchens, and pantries.

Pennsylvania’s CHEMSWEEP to Provide 19 Counties with Safe Pesticide Disposal in 2018

11/20/2017
Agricultural businesses and pesticide applicators in 19 counties across the state can dispose of unwanted pesticides safely and easily next year through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s CHEMSWEEP program.

Secretary Redding Encourages PA Farmers to Be Counted in 2017 Agriculture Census

11/20/2017
Next month, farmers and other agricultural growers and producers across the country will begin receiving their 2017 Census of Agriculture questionnaires, and Secretary Russell Redding today urged every farmer and grower in the state to step up and be counted to ensure Pennsylvania is well represented and able to inform future public policy.

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

11/15/2017
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

11/07/2017
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

11/06/2017
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

11/03/2017
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.
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