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

04/17/2017
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

04/15/2017
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

04/07/2017
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 Growers to Vote on New Apple Program Order

04/04/2017
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

04/04/2017
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.

State Agriculture Secretary Reminds Growers to Purchase Crop Seeds from a State-Licensed Dealer

03/31/2017
Harrisburg, PA – As Pennsylvania grain and seed producers prepare for the 2017 growing season, the state’s agriculture secretary urges consumers to purchase seed that has been tested and properly labeled to help ensure the quality of their crop.

Agriculture Department, PSU Extension Join Forces, Train Volunteers to Combat Invasive Spotted Lanternfly

03/24/2017
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with Penn State Extension and Berks County Conservation District, will host a series of April public meetings to train volunteers to assist in eradicating the invasive Spotted Lanternfly.

Pennsylvania Produce Featured Along the PA Turnpike

03/22/2017
Growers have an opportunity to market their fresh, local produce to travelers along the state’s busiest highway by signing up with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Plaza Farmers’ Market program.

PA Agriculture Secretary Celebrates Pennsylvania Ag Week with Philadelphia School District Third Graders

03/22/2017
Just in time for spring, Pennsylvania’s agriculture secretary today joined students, teachers, community and business leaders at Fox Chase Farm and Elementary School to launch a new program that gives third-grade students in the Philadelphia School District hands-on exposure to growing food. The event was held in conjunction with National Agriculture Week.

PA Agriculture Secretary Expresses Concern over Proposed USDA Cuts

03/21/2017
Harrisburg, PA - The Trump administration’s proposed 21 percent cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture could be devastating to Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry and rural communities, according to state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. The cuts, he said, could affect everything from the safety of community water systems and the prospects for economic growth in rural communities to funding for important agricultural research projects.

Agriculture Secretary Celebrates National Ag Day; Stresses Importance of Innovation, Conservation

03/21/2017
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today celebrated National Ag Day by touring Brubaker Farms, which incorporates innovative and sustainable practices generating energy and improving water and soil quality.

State Ag Department Greenlights 16 Promising Industrial Hemp Research Projects

03/16/2017
After decades of being gone from the landscape of Pennsylvania, a promising and versatile crop with enormous market potential will soon be back in the Keystone State, according to state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding.

Mid-Atlantic’s Top Bulls Offered at PA Livestock Evaluation Center Performance Tested Sale March 31

03/15/2017
Pennsylvania Furnace, PA – Beef producers can buy some of the best genetics in the region during the annual bull sale at Pennsylvania’s Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County, on Friday, March 31 at noon.

Agriculture Secretary Offers Food, Animal Safety Tips to Manage through Winter Storms

03/13/2017
Given that the impending winter storm may cause power outages and travel challenges, state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding offered Pennsylvanians, including farmers with livestock, a series of tips to keep their food and animals safe.

State Agriculture Department Stresses Importance of Vigilance, Biosecurity as Avian Influenza Detected in Tennessee

03/10/2017
Following confirmation of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial poultry operation in southcentral Tennessee earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is urging the commonwealth’s poultry producers and backyard poultry enthusiasts to take important steps that can help to protect domestic flocks.

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Expands to Salisbury Township, Coopersburg Borough in Lehigh County

03/06/2017
Coopersburg Borough and Salisbury Township are the latest municipalities to be quarantined due to the presence of the invasive insect Spotted Lanternfly.

REAP Tax Credits Available to PA Farmers for Conservation and Nutrient Plans to Improve Soil, Water Quality

03/03/2017
With more and more farmers interested in protecting and improving local water quality, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today reminded producers of a tax credit program that can help them develop plans and install measures that reduce nutrient and sediment runoff.

Southcentral Pennsylvania Deer Tests Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

02/28/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today announced that a captive deer has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania. This is the second case of CWD discovered in a captive deer farm since 2014.

Ag Secretary Celebrates National FFA Day with Rollout of New Career Resources

02/22/2017
FFA Showcase at Saul High School Spotlights Web-Based Career Exploration, Aquaponics Installation, and Barn Raising Planned for Urban Sheep

Wolf Administration Protects Additional 26 Farms, 2,369 Acres in Nation-Leading Farmland Preservation Program

02/16/2017
Pennsylvania strengthened its nation-leading farmland preservation program today by safeguarding 2,369 more acres on 26 farms across the state.

Top-Performing Bulls to Sell in 44th Edition of Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center Auction

02/07/2017
Beef producers have an opportunity to buy some of the best genetics in the northeast during a cattle sale at Pennsylvania’s Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County, Friday, March 31, at noon.

State Horse Racing Commission Announces New Fee Structure for 2017 Fair Stakes

02/02/2017
On January 26, the Standardbred Advisory Board of the State Horse Racing Commission announced changes to the 2017 Pennsylvania Fair Stakes.

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Expands to Three Additional Townships in Bucks, Chester Counties

01/30/2017
Three more townships are now part of the 74 municipalities across six Pennsylvania counties that are quarantined due to the presence of the invasive insect Spotted Lanternfly.

PA Horse Racing Commission Approves Application Procedure for Harness Racing Track License

01/26/2017
Harrisburg, PA - The State Horse Racing Commission today voted to begin accepting applications for Pennsylvania’s sole remaining Standardbred pari-mutuel racetrack license. Applicants will have 120 days, beginning February 15, 2017 and closing on June 14, 2017, to file an application with the Commission.

Butler County Teen to Reign as 2017 Pennsylvania Fair Queen

01/24/2017
Butler Fair Queen Madeline McEachin, 18, of West Sunbury, Butler County, was crowned as the 2017 Pennsylvania Fair Queen on Saturday, January 21, at the annual joint convention of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs and Pennsylvania State Showmen’s Association.

Deadline for Federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Proposals is February 23

01/18/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will accept proposals through February 23 for projects that increase the visibility and competitiveness of the state’s fruit and vegetable, nursery, horticultural and nut products.

Southcentral Pennsylvania Deer Tests Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

01/13/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced today that a captive deer has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania. This is the first new case in a captive deer farm since 2014.

Private Sector Agriculture Leaders Join Department to Launch Economic Development Partnership with Team PA

01/13/2017
A new 25-member advisory board consisting of executive leaders representing the breadth of Pennsylvania’s agriculture sector and industries on which it depends – from the field to the point of retail sale – met today to chart a course for how the commonwealth can remove barriers to economic growth in the state’s food and fiber industries.

State Agriculture Secretary Discusses State of Agriculture at Public Officials Day at 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show

01/11/2017
Harrisburg, PA - The future for agriculture is quite bright, according to Secretary Russell Redding, who shared insights into the state of agriculture at Public Officials Day at the 101st Farm Show. Pennsylvania’s diverse combination of agricultural products, producers, and partnerships bring strength to the state’s leading enterprise.
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