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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Travelers in Pennsylvania can use the 2017 Pennsylvania Fair Guide, available in print and online, to find family-friendly destinations across the commonwealth.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding joined local officials marking Dairy Month in Pennsylvania by unveiling a Cumberland Township Historical Society marker at the site of the former Barlow Creamery.
As Pennsylvanians enjoy outdoor activities across the Keystone State, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today offered a series of tips to reduce the threat of rabies, such as vaccinating pets and staying clear of wild animals.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced that a captive deer has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania. This is the third case of CWD discovered in a captive deer farm in four months.
Pocono Manor, PA - Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today visited the nation’s largest indoor water park to remind adventure and thrill seekers to have fun safely this summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board safeguarded 2,432 more acres on 31 farms in 19 counties throughout the state during its April meeting.
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.
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 apple growers are set to vote on a new Apple Program Order during a referendum that will remain open through Tuesday, April 18.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.