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Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission Announces Breeders Fund Awards, Sire Stakes Eligibility Deadlines

12/03/2018
Horsemen must remember two important February deadlines for paperwork due in order to maintain eligibility in the Pennsylvania Breeders Fund Award Program and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Program.

PA Wine Board Seeking Grant Applications to Improve State’s Wine Industry

11/28/2018
Pennsylvania’s wine proponents have a new opportunity to improve the state’s wine industry with grant funding from the Wolf administration, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced today.

PA Department of Agriculture Requests Applications for 2019 Hemp Research Projects

11/27/2018
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced that applications and guidelines for 2019 industrial hemp research permits are now available. Sixty research projects will be selected this year, the third year of the program’s operation. The projects will help determine opportunities for the growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp.

Farmers Invited to Take Part in Wholesaling Workshop This December

11/21/2018
PA Preferred® and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today invited Pennsylvania farmers to attend the 2018 Farm to Institution Wholesaling Workshop (FIGS), which will help owners of small to mid-sized farm operations learn how to sell to institutional markets.

Wolf Administration Provides Year-End Update on Spotted Lanternfly, Encourages Hunters to Take Action

11/21/2018
Harrisburg, PA –  Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) provided a year-end update on the state’s efforts to control the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly, and joined the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), and State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) to encourage hunters to take action by scraping Spotted Lanternfly egg masses while they are out hunting.

Pennsylvania Hunters Working Together to Provide Donated Venison to Help Feed Hungry

11/20/2018
Thanks to record-breaking donations of deer meat from Pennsylvania hunters, generous donors, and a helping hand from the Wolf Administration, the state’s charitable food system will provide more than half a million servings of ground venison through food banks, soup kitchens, and pantries throughout the commonwealth.

PA Department of Agriculture Reveals 2019 Farm Show Theme: Inspiring Pennsylvania’s Story

11/16/2018
The 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show will honor agriculture’s rich heritage and promising future with this year’s theme, Inspiring Pennsylvania’s Story. The theme, which will be represented throughout of the weeklong event, will include related events like a daily story time for children, interviews with real Pennsylvanians working in agriculture, and opportunities for attendees to engage and tell their own stories.

Farm Show Announces Winners of ‘Oh, Say, Can You Sing?’

11/16/2018
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced the winners of “Oh, Say, Can You Sing?”, a star-spangled sing-off on Facebook that puts talented Pennsylvanians center stage during the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show. Each morning of the Farm Show will feature a talented Pennsylvanian singing the national anthem live, chosen by the Farm Show’s Facebook fans.

Farm Show Announces Winners of ‘Oh, Say, Can You Sing?’

11/16/2018
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced the winners of “Oh, Say, Can You Sing?”, a star-spangled sing-off on Facebook that puts talented Pennsylvanians center stage during the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show. Each morning of the Farm Show will feature a talented Pennsylvanian singing the national anthem live, chosen by the Farm Show’s Facebook fans.

PA Department of Agriculture Reveals 2019 Farm Show Theme: Inspiring Pennsylvania’s Story

11/16/2018
The 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show will honor agriculture’s rich heritage and promising future with this year’s theme, Inspiring Pennsylvania’s Story. The theme, which will be represented throughout of the weeklong event, will include related events like a daily story time for children, interviews with real Pennsylvanians working in agriculture, and opportunities for attendees to engage and tell their own stories.

At PA Farm Show Complex, World’s Largest Standardbred Sale Breaks Decade-Old Records

11/15/2018
Record sale prices at last week’s Standardbred horse sale reflect the strength and promising future of the harness racing industry in Pennsylvania and beyond, said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding.

Ag Department Now Accepting Federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Concept Proposals

11/13/2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today announced that it is now accepting concept proposals for projects that increase the visibility and competitiveness of the state’s fruit and vegetable, nursery, horticultural, and nut products. The deadline to apply is through December 28, 2018.

Agriculture Officials Urge Vigilant Poultry Biosecurity During Fall Migration

11/13/2018
 Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and State Veterinarian Dr. David Wolfgang today reminded poultry owners to take effective biosecurity measures through December to prevent the spread of avian influenza during fall wild bird migration.

Thirty-Eight Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease on Fulton and Bedford County Deer Farms

11/07/2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today announced that 36 captive deer from a quarantined breeding farm and hunting preserve in Fulton County have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Two additional deer from a quarantined Bedford County hunting preserve also tested positive. Both farms will remain under quarantine for five years from the date the positive tests were confirmed.

November 16 is Deadline to Apply for Funds to Support Organic Agriculture

11/05/2018
November 16 is Deadline to Apply for Funds to Support Organic Agriculture

PA Agriculture Celebrates Commitment to Food Manufacturing with Hershey Co., Walmart

10/24/2018
Hershey, PA - Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today joined Hershey Company President and CEO Michele Buck, Walmart Chief Merchandising Officer Steve Bratspies, and other industry and public officials to celebrate the thriving food manufacturing industry in Pennsylvania. The group toured the West Hershey plant that supplies Hershey’s chocolate made with milk from Pennsylvania dairy farms to Walmart stores nationwide.

The 103rd Farm Show Asks Pennsylvanians, ‘Oh, Say, Can You Sing?’

10/19/2018
Harrisburg, PA – Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today invited aspiring performers to enter “Oh, Say, Can You Sing?”, a star-spangled sing-off on Facebook that would put talented Pennsylvanians center stage during the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show. Each morning of the Farm Show will feature a talented Pennsylvanian singing the national anthem live, and the contest, which runs until November 5, 2018, will determine who wins the honor of singing each morning.

103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show Seeking PA Agricultural Products to Feature on Menu at PA Preferred® Reception

10/17/2018
PA Preferred® members and partner organizations can showcase their Pennsylvania grown products at the annual PA Preferred Reception that will kick off the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show on Friday, January 4, 2019. The reception, which plays host to the commonwealth’s agriculture industry and state government leaders, boasts a menu that features foods and beverages grown and produced in Pennsylvania.

Wolf Administration Selects Commission Coordinator for Agricultural Education Excellence Commission

10/16/2018
Harrisburg, PA - Today, the Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture (PDA) and Education (PDE) announced that they have selected Dr. Robert Clark to serve as commission coordinator of the recently created Commission for Agricultural Education Excellence, a commission charged with assisting in the development of a statewide plan for agricultural education.

Wolf Administration Protects Additional 40 Farms, More Than 2,600 Acres through Nation-Leading Farmland Preservation Program

10/12/2018
On behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced yesterday that Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board safeguarded 2,609 more acres on 40 farms in 17 counties for agricultural production now and in the future.

State Departments of Agriculture, Health Warn Consumers to Discard Tainted Raw Milk from Warren County Dairy

10/12/2018
Harrisburg, PA - Consumers who purchased raw whole milk from Pot ‘O Gold Dairy Specialties in Bear Lake, Warren County from September 10 to present should immediately discard the milk. Milk was sold in glass half gallon containers with the Pot O’ Gold label at 16 stores in Crawford, Erie, McKean, Venango, and Warren counties. The milk is linked to confirmed illnesses of salmonella.

Wolf Administration Announces Pre-Apprenticeship Partnership to Build Career Pathways and Sustain Growth in Agriculture

10/10/2018
Elizabethtown, PA - Today, during Agriculture and Food Careers Week in Pennsylvania, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding recognized Messick’s Farm Equipment in Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, one of the nation’s largest sources of agriculture equipment parts, and a critical element of the region’s growing agriculture production infrastructure. Redding joined the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association to announce a new program which will help sustain industry growth by allowing the state’s equipment dealers to provide a career pathway from high school agriculture mechanics programs to apprenticeships with dealers.

Planting the Seed: Bermudian Springs FFA Students Showcase Success in Ag Ed

10/09/2018
York Springs, PA - Bermudian Springs FFA students today showed off their knowledge and skills at an FFA Showcase in York Springs. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today joined the students as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s (PDA) Planting the Seed Tour, which aims to engage and educate the next generation about the many education and career opportunities available in Pennsylvania agriculture.

Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center Will Host Nation’s Premier Youth Beef Cattle Show

10/05/2018
Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center will host the 2020 National Junior Angus Show, where youth from across the United States will showcase their animals and skills through exhibition and contests.

PA Ag Department to Businesses: Train Employees, Permit Vehicles to Ensure Uninterrupted Commerce with NY

10/03/2018
Harrisburg, PA - On the heels of New York announcing last week that it will ramp up actions to protect itself from the Spotted Lanternfly, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is encouraging businesses operating within the commonwealth’s 13-county quarantine zone to train employees on how to identify and eradicate the invasive pest so as to not spread it inadvertently.

Huntingdon County Woman Named 2018 Pennsylvania Dairy Princess

09/25/2018
Brooke Emery of Alexandria, Huntingdon County, will represent the state’s dairy industry at events across the state for the next year as its 62nd Pennsylvania Dairy Princess. For the next year, the new state royalty team will represent Pennsylvania’s dairy industry and its 6,650 dairy farm families. Dairy is the state’s top agriculture industry sector, contributing nearly $14.7 billion to the economy and supporting more than 52,000 jobs across the state.

Planting the Seed: Western PA Food Bank Uses Technology to Feed the Hungry

09/19/2018
Brownsville, PA - Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s (PDA) Planting the Seed Tour visited the Greater Washington County Food Bank to learn how its farm is using agriculture technology to eliminate hunger in southwestern Pennsylvania. “The Farm,” as it is commonly known, uses the latest evidence-based farming practices to spur agricultural and economic development, empowers and educates the community, and employs innovative ways to serve those at risk for hunger.

All-American Dairy Show to Feature U.S. Industry’s Finest, Build Workforce Skills Crucial to Future of Dairy Production

09/12/2018
Harrisburg, PA - The bright future of agriculture will be on display as the 55th All-American Dairy Show comes to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex September 15-20, bringing 1,200 national competitors in 22 individual contests exhibiting 2,200 of the finest dairy cattle in the industry. The show will also feature 42 secondary student and collegiate teams from across the country competing in a cattle-judging invitational that demonstrates their knowledge of breed characteristics and their oral presentation skills.
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