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Agriculture Secretary Reminds Pennsylvanians High Temperatures Can Cause Heat Stress in Livestock, Pets

06/29/2018
Harrisburg, PA - With a serious heat wave affecting much of the state and country, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today cautioned livestock and pet owners to take measures to protect animals from high temperatures that can cause them to suffer from heat-related stress.

Pennsylvania Prioritizes Critical Investments in PA’s Agriculture Industry

06/27/2018
Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding today praised the 2018-19 budget Governor Tom Wolf signed last week for its investments to address some of the most pressing challenges facing the commonwealth’s agriculture industry.<br>

Planting The Seed Tour Pitches Strategic Investments in Agriculture Workforce at Lancaster Barnstormers’ Farm Show Weekend

06/25/2018
Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding visited the Lancaster Barnstormers’ Farm Show Weekend Saturday on the Planting the Seed Tour, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to highlight career and educational opportunities in agriculture. Prior to throwing out the first pitch at tonight’s game, Redding addressed 150 area agriculture leaders, emphasizing the importance of investing strategically in building the skilled workforce the industry needs in the coming decade.

PA Agriculture Department Awards $1.8 million for Plant Pest Research, Sweet Potato Promotion Projects

06/22/2018
Three proposed multi-state projects that seek to improve the nation’s specialty crop industry are now a reality through a partnership that includes the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. The projects, overseen by the department, seek to control and prevent plant diseases and increase market opportunities for specialty crops across the United States.

State Horse Racing Commission Approves Funding to Develop Tests to Detect Gene-doping in Race Horses

06/21/2018
The Pennsylvania Horseracing Commission unanimously approved $300,000 in funding to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center Equine Pharmacology Laboratory to research genetic markers that will indicate when a horse has been illegally genetically modified to enhance performance. Funding was approved at the commission’s May 31 meeting.

Livestock Growers Reminded to Review Revised Standard Animal Weights, Determine Effect on Their Farms

06/18/2018
Revised standard animal weights that take effect in 2019 could reclassify some livestock operations as Concentrated Animal Operations (CAOs) or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), requiring those farms to adopt new levels of compliance with nutrient management laws.

Wolf Administration Preparing Pennsylvania’s Students for Success through Agricultural Education

06/13/2018
In recognition of the growing need for a workforce prepared to fill nearly 75,000 job vacancies in the agriculture and food industries over the next decade, the Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture (PDA) and Education (PDE) yesterday unveiled their comprehensive agricultural education report for schools across the commonwealth.

Planting the Seed: Agriculture Secretary Introduces Future Workforce to Promising Ag Careers at Oregon Dairy Family Farm Days

06/12/2018
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding continued the Planting the Seed Tour today at Oregon Dairy’s Family Farm Days, meeting with young people and their parents who came out to explore a working dairy farm and meet the people who care for animals, raise crops, and work in the many careers needed to produce the food, fiber, and fuel that powers our economy.

Two Deer on Blair County Hobby Farm, One on Lancaster County Breeding Farm Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

06/08/2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today announced that three captive deer have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania, bringing the total to 49 since the disease was discovered in Pennsylvania in 2012.

Planting the Seed: 4-H Students Lauded for Using Science to Benefit PA Communities, Agriculture Industry

06/08/2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s (PDA) Planting the Seed Tour visited State College last night, as Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding congratulated participants of the Pennsylvania 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge– a state competition that challenges student teams to work with mentors and industry leaders to create solutions to agriculture-related issues in their communities.

Wolf Administration Touts 550,000th Preserved Acre of Farmland through Nation-Leading Preservation Program

06/07/2018
Pennsylvania is a national leader in farmland preservation, and today, Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding announced that the state has hit a major milestone, preserving 550,000 acres of farmland in the commonwealth over the last three decades.

Wolf Administration, Industry Partners Celebrate Dairy Month at Farm Show in June

06/05/2018
Today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding joined state officials and industry partners to celebrate National Dairy Month with milkshakes provided by the Pennsylvania Dairyman’s Association, a milk drive for Fill a Glass with Hope, guest appearances by former Philadelphia Eagles star wide receiver Jason Avant and former “The Voice” contestant Olivia Farabaugh, and Pennsylvania Dairy Princesses.

Wolf Administration Announces Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers Now Available for Seniors, WIC Participants

06/04/2018
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced that as part of the Wolf Administration’s strategy for a hunger-free Pennsylvania, eligible residents can access fresh, Pennsylvania-grown produce – at no cost -- through the Women Infants and Children (WIC) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs.

Dog Wardens to Canvass 22 Counties for Current Dog Licenses, Rabies Vaccinations in June

05/31/2018
The state Department of Agriculture announced today that state dog wardens will conduct dog license and rabies vaccination checks in 22 counties in June. This program aims to raise awareness of the importance of up-to-date dog licenses, and rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats to the health and safety of Pennsylvania communities.

Wolf Administration Officials Remind Pennsylvanians to Have Fun and Stay Safe during Amusement Ride Safety Week

05/25/2018
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today highlighted the importance of consumer safety at the kickoff event for Amusement Ride Safety Week. The event, held at Dutch Wonderland, aimed to educate Pennsylvania’s amusement park goers about the state’s efforts to keep them safe when riding amusement attractions.

Agriculture Department Encourages Dairy Farmers to Sign up for Margin Protection Program for Dairy

05/23/2018
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today urged Pennsylvania’s dairy farmers to take advantage of the Margin Protection Program for dairy, or MPP-Dairy, by signing up ahead of the June 1 deadline.

Wolf Administration Officials Congratulate 4-H Team for International Competition Victory, Highlight Role 4-H Plays in STEM Education

05/22/2018
Members of Governor Wolf’s cabinet congratulated members of a team of local youth who accomplished international victory through teamwork, leadership, and a combination of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills.

Wolf Administration Partners to Launch “Choose PA Dairy” Campaign to Highlight Benefits of Locally-Sourced Milk

05/18/2018
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.

Wolf Administration Joins USDA and Penn State University to Combat Spotted Lanternfly

05/16/2018
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.

Wolf Administration Underscores Importance of Agriculture Education, Workforce Development on Planting The Seed Tour

05/11/2018
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.

State Department of Agriculture Warns Consumers to Discard Tainted Raw Milk from Lancaster County Dairy

05/07/2018
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 Previews 2018 Fair Season at DelVal’s A-Day

04/28/2018
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.

Application Deadline Looming for REAP Tax Credits to Help Farmers Add Conservation Practices, Improve Water Quality

04/26/2018
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>

Dog Wardens to Canvass 36 Counties for Current Dog Licenses, Rabies Vaccinations in May

04/25/2018
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

Department of Agriculture Celebrates Pennsylvania’s Booming Beer Industry at Harrisburg Beer Week

04/19/2018
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.

Agriculture Officials Urge Vigilance, Poultry Biosecurity During Spring Migration

04/18/2018
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 Promotes Pennsylvania’s Competitive Advantage to Pickle Packers International Conference

04/18/2018
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.

Wolf Administration Protects Additional 27 Farms, Nearly 2,800 Acres through Nation-Leading Farmland Preservation Program

04/16/2018
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.

PA Agriculture Secretary Issues Statement on 2018 Federal Farm Bill’s Introduction in U.S. House

04/13/2018
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.
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