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Wolf Administration Highlights Improved Access to Hands-on Ag Education

09/26/2022
Today, Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, Acting Secretary of Education Eric Hagarty and Commission for Agriculture Education Excellence Executive Director Stephon Fitzpatrick joined student leaders and educators to celebrate the Wolf Administration's progress in modernizing agriculture education to create relevant, hands-on learning experiences that prepare students for careers that will be in-demand and waiting for them when they graduate.

All-American Dairy Show to Showcase U.S. Dairy Industry Leaders of Today and Tomorrow

09/16/2022
The All-American Dairy Show returns to Harrisburg this weekend for its 58th year. The event, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, features four days of competitions highlighting the best of seven dairy cattle breeds in the Premier National Youth Show and Open Shows, youth development programs and industry networking designed to grow and sustain a thriving dairy industry in the future.

Agriculture Secretary Invites Applicants for $500,000 in PA Farm Bill Grants to Strengthen Childhood Nutrition, Hands-on Ag Education

09/13/2022
Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today invited schools and childhood education centers to apply for $500,000 in PA Farm Bill Farm-to-School Grants. Up to $15,000 per school is available for projects aimed at improving access to healthy, local foods and increasing hands-on learning experiences for children in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

Wolf Administration Highlights Programs that Feed Pennsylvanians to Kick Off Hunger Action Month

09/01/2022
The Departments of Agriculture and Human Services were joined today by Minority Chair of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Senator Judy Schwank and charitable food organizations at the Capitol Hunger Garden to raise awareness of programs addressing food insecurity in Pennsylvania during Hunger Action Month.

Agriculture Secretary: Support Pennsylvania Farmers – Shop Local, Buy PA Preferred this Harvest Season

08/25/2022
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding joined the PA Vegetable Growers Association today at Harvest Valley Farms, a fourth-generation vegetable farm and PA Preferred® on-farm market, to highlight investments strengthening fruit and vegetable production and to encourage Pennsylvanians to shop locally this harvest season.

Pennsylvania Invests $3.166 Million to Protect 18 Farms in Nine Counties from Future Development

08/25/2022
Today, Pennsylvania protected 784 acres on 18 farms in nine counties from future development, investing more than $3.166 million in state, county and local dollars to ensure that prime farmland is not lost to development. Pennsylvania has now protected 6,094 farms and 614,668 acres in 58 counties from future commercial, industrial or residential development.

Agriculture Secretary Announces Second Round of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Recovery Grants

08/24/2022
Today Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding opened applications for the second round of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) recovery support for poultry farmers and integrators who suffered losses in HPAI Control Zones (the 10-kilometer perimeter around an infected, quarantined farm).

Agriculture Secretary: Lykens Valley Grain Grows Commonwealth’s Grain Processing Capacity, Marketing Opportunities

08/23/2022
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding joined Lykens Valley Grain today for its unveiling. Formerly known as the Upper Dauphin Grain Center, Sterman Masser Inc. recently purchased the facility to preserve jobs, grow market opportunities, and strengthen Pennsylvania’s food processing capacity for future generations.

Agriculture Secretary Invites Applicants for $500,000 in PA Farm Bill Grants to Prepare Future Generation for Success in Ag

08/22/2022
Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today called for proposals for $500,000 in PA Farm Bill Agriculture & Youth Grants. Redding invited applicants whose projects are aimed at preparing youth to succeed in Pennsylvania's $132.5 billion agriculture industry.

Wolf Administration Celebrates Honey Bees, $76 Million Pennsylvania Apiary Industry

08/19/2022
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture was joined today by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and agriculture partners to celebrate the honey bee's critical role in food production, food security, and biodiversity in Pennsylvania for Honey Bee Day (Aug. 20) at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art.

Department of Agriculture Wins $7.85 Million from USDA to Multiply PA Investments Combatting Climate Change

08/19/2022
The Department of Agriculture’s Farmland Preservation Program has won a competitive partnership grant of $7.85 million from the USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to support climate-smart conservation on Pennsylvania farms, Agriculture Russell Redding said today.

Agriculture Department Reminds Poultry Owners to be Vigilant to Protect Against Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

Department confirms case in Northampton County backyard poultry

08/12/2022
The Department of Agriculture today reminds all poultry owners – backyard flocks and commercial producers – to keep their guard up to protect their birds from highly pathogenic avian influenza. After a lull of several weeks in detections, Pennsylvania has a new confirmed case of avian flu, the state's first in a non-commercial, backyard flock. A duck and chickens from a flock in Upper Mount Bethel Township in Northampton County were confirmed to be infected after a dead turkey vulture was found on the property. Wild birds are known to be the source of the infection elsewhere.

Agriculture Secretary Honors Record 18 Farm Families with Bicentennial, Century Farm Status

08/11/2022
Today during Penn State's Ag Progress days, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding honored Charlotte E. Sunday, whose Lenhartsville, Berks County farm reached the Bicentennial Farm milestone, having been in her family since 1822. Redding also honored 17 families whose farms earned Century Farm status for being in the same family for 100 years.

Ag Secretary Encourages Aspiring Farmers to Take Advantage of PA Farm Bill Investments Feeding the Next Generation of Farm Prosperity

08/09/2022
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding hosted a panel discussion today highlighting Pennsylvania’s abundant resources for farmers looking to pass the torch to a new generation and for young people seeking to enter the field. Held during Penn State University’s annual Ag Progress Days, the panel featured partners in businesses, non-profits, and the legislature along with farmers who have taken advantage of PA Farm Bill-funded assistance to succeed in agriculture.

Agriculture Secretary Calls for Proposals for $900,000 in PA Farm Bill Research Funds to Tackle Complex Animal Ag Challenges

08/08/2022
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today called for proposals for $900,000 in research grants through the Center for Poultry & Livestock Excellence created under the PA Farm Bill.

Gov. Wolf Celebrates Unwavering Commitment to Pennsylvania Agriculture, PA Farm Bill Investments Surpass $76 Million

08/04/2022
Governor Tom Wolf and Agriculture Secretary Redding today were surrounded by recipients of a diversity of PA Farm Bill grant program funding to highlight the Wolf Administration’s unwavering support for Pennsylvania’s $132.5 billion agriculture industry. The PA Farm Bill celebration was held at the 150-year old Hess Farm in State College.

Ag Secretary Invites Applicants for $500,000 in PA Farm Bill Urban Ag Grants to Turn Food Deserts into Community Feasts

08/01/2022
Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today called for applications for $500,000 in PA Farm Bill Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grants. Funding is aimed at boosting the capacity of urban agriculture organizations to fill gaps in their communities’ access to fresh food.

Wolf Administration Announces $13 Million in Tax Credits for Farmers’ Investments in Improving Water and Soil Quality

07/29/2022
Secretary Russell Redding today announced the availability of $13 million in tax credits to Pennsylvania farmers for measures to improve soil and water quality. Tax credits through Pennsylvania's innovative conservation financing program, Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP), can be combined with other state funding, including the Environmental Quality Incentive Program, the Chesapeake Bay Program or Conservation Excellence Grants.

Agriculture Secretary Announces $25 Million Secured to Support Poultry Industry Recovery from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

07/27/2022
Today Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding was joined by Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Director Randy Padfield, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and industry partners to announce a new $25 million recovery and reimbursement program for poultry farmers and integrators impacted by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

PA Agriculture Secretary Invites Applications for PA Farm Bill-Funded Grants to Boost Local Meat, Poultry Supply

07/25/2022
Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today called for applications for $500,000 in PA Farm Bill-funded grants aimed at increasing locally produced meat and poultry in the state. Very Small Meat and Poultry Processor Reimbursement Grants help small businesses start up or expand to meet USDA food safety requirements.<br>

Secretary of Agriculture: Agriculture is Strengthening Food Access in Urban Centers, Growing Resilient Communities

07/19/2022
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding traveled from Erie to Pittsburgh, Harrisburg to Philadelphia, and from Easton to Wilkes-Barre this week in honor of Pennsylvania’s 5th Annual Urban Agriculture Week, visiting 19 urban agriculture organizations directly addressing food insecurity, improving quality of life, and sparking economic development and entrepreneurship.

Round-up: Agriculture Secretary’s Weeklong Urban Ag Tour Highlights Critical Community Partnerships Feeding Pennsylvanians

07/19/2022
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding traveled from Erie to Pittsburgh, Harrisburg to Philadelphia, and from Easton to Wilkes-Barre last week (July 11-15) in honor of Pennsylvania’s 5th annual Urban Agriculture Week, visiting about 20 urban agriculture organizations directly addressing food insecurity, improving quality of life, and sparking economic development.

PA Horse Racing Commission Releases Equine Safety and Welfare Action Plan Quarterly Report

07/15/2022
Today, the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission reported on progress of its Equine Safety and Welfare Plan, a list of tangible steps to increase protections for horses racing at Pennsylvania’s six tracks. The measures, which the commission began implementing March 1, 2022, included an Integrity Hotline for reporting suspected illegal or unethical behavior.

Wolf Administration Further Strengthens PA Agriculture, Feeds Growth with Nearly $52 Million Budget Increase

07/13/2022
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today commended Governor Tom Wolf and the General Assembly for approving a state budget that supports and invests in Pennsylvania agriculture and families across the commonwealth.

Department of Agriculture Celebrates Fifth Annual Urban Ag Week, Kicks Off Statewide Urban Farms Tour Highlighting Strengthened Communities

07/11/2022
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding kicked off the 5th annual Pennsylvania Urban Agriculture Week in Erie, Butler, and Lawrence counties today, where he toured five urban gardens tackling food insecurity by improving access to fresh, healthy foods in their communities.

Agriculture Secretary Reminds Pennsylvanians of Spotted Lanternfly Quarantines, Shares Effective Ways to Slow Spread

Agriculture department staff demonstrate how to use a circle trap to eliminate large numbers of spotted lanternflies without harming beneficial pollinators or small animals

07/06/2022
In Washington County today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding was joined by Penn State Extension Area Master Gardener Coordinator Valerie Sesler, Washington County Conservation District Manager Matthew Golden, and other state and local leaders to discuss the threat that the spotted lanternfly poses and share information and resources to help Pennsylvanians limit the spread of the detrimental, invasive insect.

PA Agriculture Secretary Calls for Grant Proposals to Expand Sales, Export Markets for Pennsylvania Products

07/05/2022
Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today called for proposals for projects designed to expand sales of Pennsylvania agricultural products. The department will award up to $303,000 in matching funds to PA nonprofits to reimburse up to 50% of costs for promotional and educational projects intended to increase consumer awareness and sales or grow export markets.

Secretary of Agriculture Visits Broad Street Market, Encourages Shopping at LGBTQ+, Local-Owned Markets

06/30/2022
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding was joined by state Representative Jessica Benham of Allegheny County today to celebrate Pride Month at Harrisburg’s Broad Street Market, with LGBTQ+ owners of market stands, to spotlight Pennsylvania’s national leadership in direct sales to consumers and the diverse, welcoming business owners contributing to that success.

Agriculture Department Invites Goat, Sheep Consignments for August Auction at PSU Ag Progress Days; Experts to Share Knowledge at Pre-sale Field Day

06/29/2022
The PA Department of Agriculture’s Livestock Evaluation Center invites consignments of breeding sheep and goats to be sold at an August 11 auction during Penn State Ag Progress Days in Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Earns National 2022 Elliot O. Grosvenor Food Safety Award

06/23/2022
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services was recognized for its important work during the last year with a national honor – the Association of Food and Drug Officials’ (AFDO) 2022 Elliot O. Grosvenor Food Safety Award.
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