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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
 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.

Blair County Woman Named 2017 Pennsylvania Dairy Princess

09/26/2017
Yvonne Longenecker of Williamsburg, Blair County, will represent the state’s dairy industry at events across the state for the next year as its 61st Pennsylvania Dairy Princess.

State Horse Racing Commission Outlines New Medication, Testing Regulations to Strengthen Integrity of Industry

09/26/2017
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced today that aggressive new regulations instituted by the state Horse Racing Commission are proving effective in strengthening the integrity of the state’s equine racing industry.

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Expands in Six Southeastern PA Counties

09/22/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has added 26 municipalities in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties to the areas quarantined after confirming the presence of Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive species that threatens a number of agricultural products and plant species. The quarantine was already in effect in other areas of the six counties.

Central PA Food Bank Honors Wolf Administration with Hunger Hero Award

09/21/2017
Citing the Wolf Administration’s Blueprint for a Hunger-Free Pennsylvania and first-ever support for an innovative program that is connecting farmers with those facing hunger, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding last week accepted the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Hunger Heroes Advocacy Partner Award.

Wolf Administration Encourages Schools to Register for 23rd Farm City Day

09/21/2017
Students in grades two through five will have the chance to learn about and experience agriculture up close next month during the 23rd annual Farm City Day at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, according to state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, who reminded interested educators that the registration deadline is this Friday, September 22.

Agriculture Secretary Calls Latest Budget Plan More of the Same from House Republicans: A Short-Term Fix at the Expense of Agriculture

09/13/2017
Following this afternoon’s vote by the House Rules Committee—and in advance of an expected final vote tonight—state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding expressed his disappointment that House Republicans continue to advocate for an unsustainable approach to balancing Pennsylvania’s budget that comes at the expense of agriculture.

Wolf Administration Touts PA’s Leadership in U.S. Mushroom Industry

09/08/2017
On behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today joined industry leaders to celebrate Pennsylvania’s nation-leading mushroom industry at the 32nd annual Mushroom Festival in Chester County.

House Republicans’ Budget Plan Threatens Agriculture Industry; Reneges on Commitments to Farmers, Counties

09/07/2017
In a letter to the chairs of the Senate and House Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees, Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today expressed alarm at the implications of a recently unveiled plan by some state House members to balance the fiscal year 2017-18 budget.

Department of Agriculture Warns Consumers to Discard Improperly Pasteurized Chocolate Milk from Somerset County Dairy

09/07/2017
Consumers who purchased pints of chocolate milk from Moo Echo Dairy in Somerset County should immediately discard the milk. Twenty pints were sold in plastic bottles with the sell-by date of September 21, 2017. Tests completed during routine sampling indicated that the product was not properly pasteurized. Moo Echo Dairy is located at 3671 Glades Pike in Somerset.

PA Agriculture Department Warns Consumers to Discard Improperly Pasteurized Heavy Cream from Lancaster County Dairy

09/05/2017
Consumers who purchased heavy cream from Oregon Dairy, Inc. in Lancaster County should immediately discard the cream, which was sold in plastic pints and quarts with the sell-by date of September 7, 2017. Tests completed during routine sampling indicated that the product was not properly pasteurized. Oregon Dairy is located at 2900 Oregon Pike in Lititz.

State Department of Agriculture Warns Consumers to Discard Improperly Pasteurized Heavy Cream from Washington County Dairy

09/03/2017
Consumers who purchased heavy cream from The Spring House Dairy in Washington County should immediately discard the cream, which was sold in plastic pints and plastic half gallons with code 9-03.

Agriculture Secretary Visits Industrial Hemp Research Project Exploring Economic Potential for Promising, Versatile Crop

09/01/2017
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding visited Abram Ziegler’s farm in Montour County today, one of 14 research projects exploring the economic value and viability of industrial hemp as a marketable crop in Pennsylvania.

Agriculture Secretary Celebrates Contributions of Fairs to Economy, Community with Visits to Sullivan County, Wyoming County Fairs

09/01/2017
Highlighting the connection between production agriculture and tourism as local economic drivers, today Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding visited the Sullivan County Fair in Forksville, Sullivan County. He then traveled to the Wyoming County Fair in Meshoppen Township, Wyoming County.

Wolf Administration Officials Lead Discussion on Ag Workforce Issues during Visit to Sterman Masser Potato Operation

08/28/2017
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding toured a Sterman Masser potato operation in northern Dauphin County today where company executives demonstrated how an innovative, high-tech 12-row harvester is not only transforming their operation, but also highlighting the need to recruit and train a skilled workforce capable of maintaining such advanced technology and equipment.

Agriculture Secretary Celebrates Contributions of Fairs to Economy, Community with Visits to Transfer Harvest Home, Hookstown Fairs

08/28/2017
Highlighting the connection between production agriculture and tourism as local economic drivers, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today visited the Transfer Harvest Home Fair in Transfer, Mercer County. He then traveled to the Hookstown Fair in Hookstown, Beaver County.

Wolf Administration Celebrates Contribution of Fairs to Economy, Community with Visit to 100th Greene Dreher Sterling Fair

08/25/2017
Highlighting the connection between production agriculture and tourism as local economic drivers, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today visited the Greene Dreher Sterling Fair in Newfoundland, Wayne County.

Pennsylvania Performance-Tested Sheep and Goat Sale Grosses $66,000

08/22/2017
Pennsylvania sheep and goat producers received $66,000 for 106 elite animals during the Livestock Evaluation Center’s 39th annual Performance Tested Ram Lamb and Meat Goat Buck Sale. The yearly sale provides an opportunity for the region’s producers to purchase the best genetics to improve their herds and flocks.

Agriculture Secretary Honors Veteran Farmers as Newest Members of Homegrown By Heroes

08/17/2017
On the final day of Ag Progress Days, State Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding honored two military veterans-turned-farmers as the newest members of Pennsylvania’s Homegrown By Heroes program.

Agriculture Secretary Visits Industrial Hemp Research Projects Exploring Economic Potential for Promising, Versatile Crop

08/17/2017
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding visited two of 14 research projects that seek to demonstrate the economic value and viability of industrial hemp as a marketable crop in Pennsylvania.

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

08/17/2017
Highlighting the connection between production agriculture and tourism as local economic drivers, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today visited the Perry County Community Fair in Newport, Perry County.
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