Today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding joined dairy farmers and industry advocates to kick off “Choose PA Dairy: Goodness that Matters,” a campaign to support Pennsylvania’s dairy industry by educating consumers on how to find and buy locally-produced milk, and why it matters to Pennsylvania’s economy and the health of its residents.
On the heels of the first Spotted Lanternfly hatch of the season, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA), the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Penn State University today warned of its potential $18 billion impact on the commonwealth’s businesses, trade, and economy.
This week, Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding traveled to northern Pennsylvania on the Planting the Seed Tour, an initiative by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) to highlight the education and workforce opportunities available in agriculture. During the two-day visit, Sec. Redding discussed Governor Tom Wolf’s commitment to agriculture and the importance of investing in industry education and workforce opportunities.
Consumers who purchased raw, whole milk from Pool Forge Dairy between April 25 and May 7 should immediately discard it. The milk was sold in plastic quart, half-gallon, and gallon containers with the Pool Forge label. Tests completed during routine sampling were positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding recognized Delaware Valley University’s commitment to agriculture education through its student-run A-Day, by thanking students, faculty, and staff for their roles in Pennsylvania’s second agricultural fair of 2018.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today reminded farmers of an impending June 30 deadline to apply for Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program tax credits. The tax credits can help those in production agriculture offset the costs of implementing best management practices (BMPs) or purchasing on-farm conservation equipment. Producers should apply by June 1.<br>
To help ensure that pets and people are kept safe across Pennsylvania, state dog wardens will conduct dog license and rabies vaccination checks in 36 counties in May. This outreach program helps educate Pennsylvanians about the need to keep dog licenses and rabies vaccinations – for both cats and dogs – up to date
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today touted the commonwealth’s thriving beer industry at Harrisburg Beer Week’s “First Sip” event, highlighting the PA Preferred Brews program and the economic impact of the industry as a whole. During the event, Deputy Secretary Cheryl Cook joined guests at Broad Street Market to promote local craft beer and encourage participation in PA Preferred.
Pennsylvania’s Agriculture secretary and state veterinarian today urged poultry owners to take effective biosecurity measures through May to prevent the spread of avian influenza during spring wild bird migration.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding addressed the spring conference of Pickle Packers International today in Pittsburgh, touting the economic impact of Pennsylvania’s $135.7 billion agriculture industry, and the advantages of locating or expanding food manufacturing businesses in Pennsylvania.
Harrisburg, PA – On behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced that Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board safeguarded 2,793 more acres on 27 farms in 15 counties during its recent meeting.
Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding today commended the U.S. House of Representatives for the initial release of a draft federal Farm Bill, legislation that provides funding and guidelines for farm and food programs in the United States. While noting the challenges of crafting such a wide-ranging piece of legislation, Redding said the bill contains a number of positive aspects for Pennsylvania agriculture, but also areas that are in need of improvement and that require further evaluation.
Beef producers earned $286,300 for top-quality bulls at the 45th Pennsylvania Performance-Tested Bull Sale, Friday, March 30, at the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County.<br>
Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding today celebrated the opening of a new swine barn that will create good-paying jobs and generate additional revenue in Bedford County. The barn at Warrior Ridge -- part of Country View Family Farms -- will create more than 20 jobs, house 5,600 sows, and generate more tax dollars than any other business in Monroe Township.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today called on the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board to undertake or recommend reforms to address ongoing dairy market challenges and to support and strengthen the state’s dairy industry.
In an effort to ensure that both pets and people are kept safe across Pennsylvania, his month state dog wardens will conduct dog license and rabies vaccination checks in 26 counties. This outreach program helps educate Pennsylvanians about the need to keep dog licenses and rabies vaccinations – for both cats and dogs – up to date.
During the event, Sec. Redding discussed the governor’s commitment to Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry and the importance of demonstrating leadership at all levels of the industry, from agricultural education to agribusiness owners.<br>
Secretary Russell Redding today urged every farmer and grower in the state to step up and be counted in the 2017 Agriculture Census so that Pennsylvania is well represented and able to inform future public policy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the census deadline through spring to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture.
This week, students embarked on a journey to find out how food moves from the farm to their tables as special guests visited classrooms across the commonwealth to read “Tyler Makes Pancakes!” during Ag Literacy Week. Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, Executive Deputy Secretary Michael Smith, and Deputy Secretaries Fred Strathmeyer, Greg Hostetter, and Cheryl Cook participated in the program, reading to elementary students across Pennsylvania.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has issued an exemption that will allow those transporting food, dairy and other essential goods to work longer hours as businesses seek to move products to market. Transportation bans of commercial haulers along eastern Pennsylvania interstates during this week’s winter storm prevented many agricultural producers from moving products like animals and milk.
Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding announced that he has sent a letter to Dean Dairy Holdings LLC following the announcement that the company provided termination notices to 42 Pennsylvania dairy farmers, effective May 31, 2018. Sec. Redding’s correspondence requested Dean Foods to extend the deadline so that those affected may more effectively transition to other markets.
Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding today feted the agriculture, cider, and apple industries for their impact on the commonwealth at a National Ag Day celebration in Adams County. The event, held at Big Hill Ciderworks, highlighted the emerging high-value industry of cider production, and the important role played by apple and fruit production.
Rock Springs, PA – Beef producers can buy some of the best genetics in the region during a bull sale at Pennsylvania’s Livestock Evaluation Center in Rock Springs, Centre County, on March 30, at noon.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today urged producers to protect their investments from rising input costs, unstable markets, and adverse weather conditions by signing up before the March 15 deadline for crop insurance coverage on spring-planted crops.
Department of Agriculture Executive Deputy Secretary Michael Smith today visited the Bucks County Upper Bucks SPCA to remind Pennsylvanians about the benefits of and need to license their dogs. Having a dog license is not only the best way to bring home a lost pet more quickly, but the proceeds of dog license sales also ensure dogs and the public are kept safe.
On behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today joined Hershey Company U.S. President Todd Tillemans, and local, state and federal officials to celebrate the groundbreaking on a $60 million expansion and new Kit Kat manufacturing line at the company’s Hazleton, Luzerne County plant.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today issued an exemption that will allow those transporting food, dairy and other essential goods to work longer hours as businesses seek to move products to market. Transportation bans of commercial haulers along eastern Pennsylvania interstates during this week’s winter storm prevented many agricultural producers from moving products like animals and milk.
With communities across Pennsylvania experiencing power outages brought about by recent heavy winds, the state Department of Agriculture is reminding residents and businesses to be mindful of food safety tips. A prolonged period without power can make safe food handling practices difficult, especially when it comes to keeping refrigerated and frozen foods at or below 41 degrees Fahrenheit.
Consumers who purchased raw, whole milk from Fertile Valley Farm in Honesdale, Wayne County between February 21 and March 1, 2018 should immediately discard the milk. Tests completed after a routine inspection and sampling were positive for Listeria monocytogenes, the bacteria that causes Listeriosis.
To mark National Invasive Species Week, the Pennsylvania departments of Agriculture and Conservation and Natural Resources, along with representatives of the Governor’s Invasive Species Council visited Rolling Rock Building Stone today to demonstrate the crucial role businesses can play in stopping the spread of Spotted Lanternfly — a destructive pest that threatens agricultural commodities and the export of all goods.