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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.

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

10/26/2017
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.

Wolf Administration Announces State Veterinary Lab System Earns 5-Year National Accreditation

10/25/2017
Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration announced today that Pennsylvania’s Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System (PADLS) has been recognized with a national quality credential. This puts Pennsylvania among the leading states to have earned this distinction, demonstrating the system’s ongoing commitment to animal health and food safety.

Wolf Administration Touts Expanded Biofuel Infrastructure through Public-Private Partnership

10/23/2017
Middletown, Pa. – Pennsylvania’s travelers now have expanded opportunities for filling their vehicles with renewable fuels thanks to a federal grant the Wolf administration secured in 2015 from the United States Department of Agriculture. The $7 million grant allowed the Sheetz Corporation to expand ethanol availability to 340 more fuel pumps at 77 store locations across the state.

Wolf Administration Urges Safety Precautions to Protect Poultry During Fall Migration Season

10/20/2017
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Wolf Administration officials reiterated the importance of biosecurity precautions to protect Pennsylvanian’s poultry industry from devastating losses like those experienced in mid-western states during recent outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza, a viral disease that affects birds.

PA PreferredTM Reception Opens the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show, Showcases the Best of Pennsylvania Agriculture

10/16/2017
PA PreferredTM members and partner organizations have the opportunity to showcase the finest products that Pennsylvania agriculture has to offer in a unique celebration that will kick off the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show.

PA Adds 44 Farms, More Than 3,600 Acres to Nation’s Leading Farmland Preservation Program

10/13/2017
At yesterday’s bi-monthly meeting, Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board permanently preserved 3,620 acres on 44 farms for agricultural production as part of the Wolf administration’s continued commitment to the future of agriculture in the state.

Fun Activities, Food and Contests Make Keystone International Livestock Expo a Family Destination

10/05/2017
Complete with Farm Show milkshakes, draft horse competitions, and opportunities for hands-on learning and up-close visits with livestock, the Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) opens today at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, serving as a prelude to the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Second Annual Farm Show Star-Spangled Sing-Off Asks, ‘Oh, Say, Can You Sing?’

10/01/2017
The 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show will begin each day with a talented Pennsylvanian in the spotlight performing the national anthem live. Today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding invited Pennsylvanians to enter a Star-Spangled Sing-off via Facebook to determine who will win the honor of singing each morning. The contest runs from Sunday, October 1 to Friday, October 20.

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

09/29/2017
Highlighting the connection between production agriculture and tourism as local economic drivers, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today visited the Ephrata Fair in Ephrata, Lancaster County.

Agriculture Department, Penn State Researchers Seek Public Input on State Pollinator Protection Plan

09/28/2017
Farmers, gardeners and other Pennsylvanians concerned about the health of pollinators given their critically important role growing and producing food now have the chance to comment on a draft of the state’s proposed Pollinator Protection Plan. The plan, developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State University is designed to protect bees and other insects that pollinate nearly 75 percent of the commonwealth’s food crops.

Agriculture Secretary: Fund for Protecting Dogs, Public on Brink of Insolvency; Outlines Need for Legislative Fix

09/27/2017
&nbsp;Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding testified today before members of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on the looming insolvency of the Dog Law Restricted Fund, which supports work to protect communities from dangerous dogs, reunite lost dogs with their owners, and protect animals and consumers from unscrupulous kennel operators. The hearing was held to discuss House Bill 1463, which includes measures crucial to restoring the fund’s solvency, and modernizing dog licensing in the state.
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