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Top-Performing Bulls to Sell in 44th Edition of Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center Auction

02/07/2017
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

02/02/2017
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

01/30/2017
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.

PA Horse Racing Commission Approves Application Procedure for Harness Racing Track License

01/26/2017
Harrisburg, PA - The State Horse Racing Commission today voted to begin accepting applications for Pennsylvania’s sole remaining Standardbred pari-mutuel racetrack license. Applicants will have 120 days, beginning February 15, 2017 and closing on June 14, 2017, to file an application with the Commission.

Butler County Teen to Reign as 2017 Pennsylvania Fair Queen

01/24/2017
Butler Fair Queen Madeline McEachin, 18, of West Sunbury, Butler County, was crowned as the 2017 Pennsylvania Fair Queen on Saturday, January 21, at the annual joint convention of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs and Pennsylvania State Showmen’s Association.

Deadline for Federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Proposals is February 23

01/18/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will accept proposals through February 23 for projects that increase the visibility and competitiveness of the state’s fruit and vegetable, nursery, horticultural and nut products.

Southcentral Pennsylvania Deer Tests Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

01/13/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced today that a captive deer has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania. This is the first new case in a captive deer farm since 2014.

Private Sector Agriculture Leaders Join Department to Launch Economic Development Partnership with Team PA

01/13/2017
A new 25-member advisory board consisting of executive leaders representing the breadth of Pennsylvania’s agriculture sector and industries on which it depends – from the field to the point of retail sale – met today to chart a course for how the commonwealth can remove barriers to economic growth in the state’s food and fiber industries.

State Agriculture Secretary Discusses State of Agriculture at Public Officials Day at 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show

01/11/2017
Harrisburg, PA - The future for agriculture is quite bright, according to Secretary Russell Redding, who shared insights into the state of agriculture at Public Officials Day at the 101st Farm Show. Pennsylvania’s diverse combination of agricultural products, producers, and partnerships bring strength to the state’s leading enterprise.

101st Farm Show Opening Ceremony Launches a New Century for PA Agriculture at ‘Our Commonwealth’s Blue Ribbon Experience’

01/07/2017
After 100 years, the tradition runs deep, but the venue was new and the focus on the future for today's opening of the 2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. Future agriculture leaders and young people representing the state’s major commodity products joined Governor Tom Wolf, Senator Bob Casey, Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, and State Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding.

Half-Ton Butter Sculpture Showcases Culture of Stewardship During 101st Farm Show

01/05/2017
A sculpture paying tribute to the history of environmental stewardship by dairy farmers, and crafted from more than 1,000 pounds of butter, was unveiled today at the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Agriculture, PennDOT Secretaries Encourage Farm Show-bound Drivers to Use 511PA Website for Safe Travel

01/04/2017
Harrisburg, PA – Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards encouraged drivers headed to the 2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show to visit 511PA.com for up-to-the-minute travel information.

Ticket Sales Open for PA Preferred™ Reception Kickoff to 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show

12/30/2016
Harrisburg, PA - Join the PA Department of Agriculture for a taste of PA-produced food and beverages at the PA Preferred™ Reception on Friday, January 6.

Agriculture Department Warns Consumers of Contaminated Cheese from Centre County Dairy

12/29/2016
Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today advised consumers who purchased certain batches of raw milk cheese from Stone Meadow Farm in Centre County to discard the cheese immediately or contact the manufacturer.

2017 PA Farm Show to Highlight Veterans’ Connections to Agriculture

12/29/2016
Harrisburg, PA - Secretary Russell Redding today announced that the Department of Agriculture is partnering with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to plan activities for Veterans, Military and their Families Day on Thursday, January 12, as a part of the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show.

PA Agriculture Secretary Reflects on Major Accomplishments of 2016

12/28/2016
Harrisburg, PA - Looking back on 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said the commonwealth has taken great strides to create an environment where the state’s food and fiber industries can grow, thrive and compete locally, nationally and globally.

PA Agriculture Department Announces Cost-Sharing Program to Spur, Promote Industrial Hemp Research

12/23/2016
Harrisburg, PA - Following the launch of Pennsylvania’s new Industrial Hemp Pilot Research Program earlier this month, state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced a cost-sharing program for the 2017 growing season that supports projects contributing toward a better understanding of what could be a promising new crop for farmers.

PA Agriculture Department Tests, Monitors Cats Possibly Exposed to Influenza in NYC Shelters

12/23/2016
Harrisburg, PA - Veterinarians at Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture have confirmed that almost a dozen cats that may have been exposed to an avian-type influenza virus in New York City shelters have been placed in special quarantine in one of three animal shelters in Chester County.

Antique Tractor and Engine Show Set for 2017 PA Farm Show

12/22/2016
Antique farm equipment enthusiasts will have the opportunity to display their vintage iron during the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg next month and showcase the technological advancements in Pennsylvania agriculture.

Agriculture Secretary Reminds Dog Owners, ‘Love Your Dog? License Your Dog’ by New Year’s Day

12/20/2016
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today reminded dog owners to license their dogs by January 1 to give them the gift of security. State law require dogs to be licensed, and licenses protect your pets if they get lost.

February Deadlines Approaching for PA Breeders Fund Awards, Sire Stakes Eligibility

12/08/2016
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today reminded horsemen to register their stallions for the 2017 state breeding season before the February 1, 2017 deadline. Additionally, owners who wish to register their broodmares for the Pennsylvania Standardbred Breeders Fund Award program must have their horses registered as “PA-residents” by February 15, 2017, to ensure those mares’ foals are eligible for the awards.

Farm Show Contest Asks Young Pennsylvanians, ‘Oh, Say, Can You Sing?’ with Star-Spangled Sing-Off

12/07/2016
In 2017, for the first time, the Pennsylvania Farm Show will begin each day with a talented young singer in the spotlight performing the national anthem live. Today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding invited Pennsylvanians who are under 21 years old to enter a Star-Spangled Sing-off via Facebook to determine which young singer will win the honor of singing each morning. The contest runs from Wednesday, Dec. 7 to Sunday, Dec. 18.

Growing Pennsylvania’s Organic Farms Conference to Deep-Dive Into Proven Organic Production Techniques

12/02/2016
Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania will host organic farmers from throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast to learn from internationally renowned organic and sustainable agriculture experts at the third annual Growing Pennsylvania’s Organic Farms Conference Dec. 13 and 14 in Harrisburg, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced today. The original registration deadline was extended through Dec. 5.

Pennsylvania Launches Research Program for Industrial Hemp

12/01/2016
Pennsylvania is one step closer to reintroducing industrial hemp to the Keystone State as the Department of Agriculture today released the application and guidelines to conduct pilot research projects that will help to determine opportunities for its growth, cultivation and marketing.

Pennsylvania’s CHEMSWEEP to Provide 15 Counties with Safe Pesticide Disposal in 2017

11/28/2016
Agricultural businesses and pesticide applicators in 15 counties can dispose of unwanted pesticides safely and easily in 2017 through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s CHEMSWEEP program.

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Expands to Bethlehem, 23 Other Municipalities in Six Southeastern PA Counties

11/28/2016
The discovery of the Spotted Lanternfly in 25 additional municipalities across southeastern Pennsylvania is cause for vigilance, but not alarm, said Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding, who emphasized the importance of citizen engagement in the ongoing effort to contain and eradicate this invasive species.

Hunters Sharing the Harvest Celebrates 25th Anniversary, 1 Millionth Pound of Donated Venison

11/22/2016
After 25 years, a statewide program that works to distribute donated venison to food banks and food assistance centers marked a 2016 milestone as Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) celebrated the donation of its one-millionth pound of meat during an event today at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. 

PA Agriculture Department Announces Research Grants to Improve Knowledge, Practice on Industry Priority Issues

11/10/2016
Nine projects aimed at improving the state agriculture industry’s understanding of pressing challenges and promising opportunities will benefit from more than $600,000 in research grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Secretary Russell Redding announced today.

Nearly $925,000 in Federal Grants Awarded to Help Grow Pennsylvania’s Specialty Crop Industry

11/08/2016
Harrisburg, PA - Twenty-one Pennsylvania projects will strengthen the state’s specialty crop industries through research, education, and marketing with nearly $925,000 in federal grants, Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding announced today.

Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission Continues Modernization with Online, Searchable Database of Rulings

11/04/2016
Harrisburg, PA - Results of official rulings issued against licensees by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission now will be available online as part of the commission’s continuing commitment to transparency and modernizing its oversight of the state’s racing industry.
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