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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

 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
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