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Agriculture Secretary Honors Veteran Farmers as Newest Members of Homegrown By Heroes

08/17/2017
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 Visits Industrial Hemp Research Projects Exploring Economic Potential for Promising, Versatile Crop

08/17/2017
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.

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

08/17/2017
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.

Wolf Administration Salutes Blair, Montour County Century Farms, Fulton County Bicentennial Farm

08/15/2017
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.

PA Adds 33 Farms, Nearly 3,000 Acres to Nation’s Leading Farmland Preservation Program

08/11/2017
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.

Bedford County Captive Deer Herd Tests Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

08/11/2017
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. 

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Expands to 21 Municipalities in Five Southeastern PA Counties

08/11/2017
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.

State Agriculture Secretary Salutes Pennsylvania Farmers for Donating Local Produce to Neighbors in Need

08/10/2017
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.

Ag Progress Days to Feature Industry Innovations, Promising Economic and Employment Opportunities in Agriculture

08/08/2017
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 Visits Industrial Hemp Research Project Exploring Economic Potential for Versatile, Promising Crop

08/08/2017
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.

State Official Visits Erie Shelter to Outline Urgency of Plan to Protect Dogs and Public, Modernize Dog Licensing

08/07/2017
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.

State Agriculture Dept. Urges Producers to Protect Farm Productivity, Economic Viability; Only Buy Seeds Tested for Safety, Quality

08/02/2017
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.

PA Horse Racing Commission Reopens Application Process for Harness Racing Track License

07/31/2017
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.

Wolf Administration Celebrates 20 Years of Leadership, Sustained Growth in PA Organics Industry

07/28/2017
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.

Wolf Administration Announces Precautionary Measures Following Ohio State Fair Accident

07/27/2017
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.

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

07/18/2017
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

07/12/2017
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

07/07/2017
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

07/07/2017
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

06/30/2017
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

06/28/2017
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

06/27/2017
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

06/22/2017
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

06/19/2017
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

06/19/2017
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

06/16/2017
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

06/15/2017
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

06/13/2017
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

06/13/2017
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

06/08/2017
Travelers in Pennsylvania can use the 2017 Pennsylvania Fair Guide, available in print and online, to find family-friendly destinations across the commonwealth.
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