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Program Connecting Farmers’ Surplus with Hungry Pennsylvanians Surpasses 4-Million Pound Mark

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.

Code R.E.D. Enforcement Efforts by State Police, Agriculture Experts Help to Ensure Safe Food Transport

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.

State Agriculture Secretary Appoints Board Members for New Pennsylvania Apple Program

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.

With Deficit Looming, Agriculture Secretary, Lawmakers Outline Proposal to Strengthen, Modernize Protections for Dogs, Public

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 Salutes Students, Teachers, ‘Schools that Teach’ at State FFA Conference

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.

NEWS RELEASE: PA Adds 34 Farms, More Than 2,700 Acres to Nation’s Leading Farmland Preservation Program

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.

Agriculture Secretary Celebrates PA Dairy Month at Lititz Farm, Kicks Off Oregon Dairy Family Farm Days

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.

PA Fair Guide Showcases Opportunities to Experience Ag Up Close

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 Observes Dairy Month Unveiling Gettysburg Historical Marker

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.

Pennsylvanians Urged to Vaccinate Pets, Take Precautions Against Rabies

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.

Fulton County Deer Tests Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

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.

Agriculture Secretary Reminds Adventure Seekers to Have Fun Safely on Amusement Rides, Attractions this Summer

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.

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.
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