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Wolf Administration Celebrates Grant to Provide New Opportunities to Agriculture Hub in SW Pennsylvania

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>

Youth, Open Early Deadline for All-American Dairy Show is Aug. 18

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.

Poultry Exhibits Allowed Again for 2017 Fairs

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>

PA Horse Racing Commission Revokes Convicted Trainer’s Licenses

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.

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Expands in Three Southeastern PA Counties

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 Briefs Congressional Delegation on Impact of Trump Budget on Chesapeake Bay Restoration

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.

Agriculture, Aging Secretaries Join York Chef for Cooking Demo Featuring Fresh Pennsylvania Produce Eligible for Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers

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.

Program Connecting Farmers’ Surplus with Hungry Pennsylvanians Surpasses 4-Million Pound Mark

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.

Code R.E.D. Enforcement Efforts by State Police, Agriculture Experts Help to Ensure Safe Food Transport

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.

State Agriculture Secretary Appoints Board Members for New Pennsylvania Apple Program

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.

With Deficit Looming, Agriculture Secretary, Lawmakers Outline Proposal to Strengthen, Modernize Protections for Dogs, Public

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 Salutes Students, Teachers, ‘Schools that Teach’ at State FFA Conference

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.

NEWS RELEASE: PA Adds 34 Farms, More Than 2,700 Acres to Nation’s Leading Farmland Preservation Program

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.

Agriculture Secretary Celebrates PA Dairy Month at Lititz Farm, Kicks Off Oregon Dairy Family Farm Days

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.

PA Fair Guide Showcases Opportunities to Experience Ag Up Close

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 Observes Dairy Month Unveiling Gettysburg Historical Marker

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.

Pennsylvanians Urged to Vaccinate Pets, Take Precautions Against Rabies

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.

Fulton County Deer Tests Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

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.

Agriculture Secretary Reminds Adventure Seekers to Have Fun Safely on Amusement Rides, Attractions this Summer

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.

Gov. Wolf Presents Award for Excellence to Chester County Native for Disease Management Leadership as Acting State Veterinarian

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.

On ‘Jobs That Pay’ Tour, Agriculture Secretary Visits Newville Farm Expanding with State Loan

&nbsp;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.

Agriculture Secretary Expresses Concern Over Potential Impacts to Industry, Public Under House-Approved Budget Plan

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.

PA Amusement Ride Safety Regulators Issue Findings on August 2016 Idlewild & SoakZone Park Incident

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.

Pennsylvania Growers Vote ‘Yes’ on New Apple Program

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.

Wolf Administration Stresses Agriculture’s Importance, Touts Industry Opportunities in Wayne County

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.

PA Protects Additional 31 Farms, More Than 2,400 Acres in Nation-Leading Farmland Preservation Program

Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board safeguarded 2,432 more acres on 31 farms in 19 counties throughout the state during its April meeting.

Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Payments Due May 15, 2017

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.

Agriculture Officials Urge Flock Owners to Practice Biosecurity to Avoid Avian Influenza

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 Growers to Vote on New Apple Program Order

Pennsylvania apple growers are set to vote on a new Apple Program Order during a referendum that will remain open through Tuesday, April 18.

Record 44th Pennsylvania Performance-Tested Bull Sale Grosses More Than $350,000

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.
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