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Department of Agriculture to Canvass Southern Central PA Counties for Spotted Lanternfly Business Permitting Compliance

10/20/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced today the Spotted Lanternfly Compliance and Enforcement Team will be conducting spotted lanternfly permit and inspection record checks for businesses in Cumberland and York counties beginning on October 25.

Secretary of Agriculture Highlights Wolf Administration’s $50 Million Dairy Investment to Fuel Farmers, Families, Economy

10/19/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Rick Ebert, and dairy industry stakeholders toured Turner’s Dairy today. There, they highlighted the Wolf Administration’s investments to Pennsylvania dairy, a sector of agriculture that creates jobs, feeds families, and fuels communities.

2022 PA Farm Show Asks Pennsylvanians, ‘Oh, Say, Can You Sing?’

10/18/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today invited singers statewide to enter “Oh, Say, Can You Sing?”, a star-spangled sing-off to win a chance to inspire 2022 Pennsylvania Farm Show visitors with their voices. Each morning of the Farm Show will feature a talented Pennsylvanian singing the national anthem live, and the contest will determine who wins the honor of singing each morning.

Pennsylvania Preserves 21 Farms, 1,999 Acres Safeguarded from Future Development

10/14/2021
Pennsylvania protected 1,999 acres on 21 farms in 13 counties today through the state’s nation-leading Farmland Preservation Program. Since 1988, the program has purchased permanent conservation easements on 5,949 Pennsylvania farms, covering 603,646 acres, in 58 counties, ensuring they will remain farms in the future.

Wolf Administration Launches Tour Highlighting How Food Fuels Pennsylvania, Powers Jobs, Innovation and Economy

10/13/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Department of Community and Economic Development Deputy Secretary Carol Kilko today highlighted Pennsylvania's agriculture and food manufacturing industry at Knouse Foods, kicking off the Food that Fuels Pennsylvania tour, a plan to spotlight the commonwealth's agriculture and food manufacturing industry and its workforce.

Secretary of Agriculture Commends Urban Ag Partners for Hosting Vaccine Clinic, Supporting Community

10/12/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced that the Wilkinsburg Thursday Market, an urban market serving local produce to the community at no charge, would be hosting a vaccine clinic for their community on Thursday, October 14 from 4 PM to 6 PM.

Agriculture Secretary Invites Pennsylvanians to Make Memories on the Farm this Fall

10/06/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today joined Merrymead Farm to encourage Pennsylvanians and tourists to support Pennsylvania farmers through trips to the farm this fall. Merrymead Farm is one of more than 700 Pennsylvania farms who diversify their farm operations through agritourism.

Wolf Administration, Harrisburg Mayor Highlight Convenient Vaccination Opportunity at Farm Show Complex

10/06/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding was joined by Department of Health Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson and Mayor of Harrisburg Eric Papenfuse today at the Farm Show Complex & Expo Center to highlight an upcoming vaccine clinic being hosted there during the Keystone International Livestock Exposition.

Secretary of Agriculture: The Health of One Affects Us All, Maintaining Rabies Vaccines for Pets Protects Communities

09/28/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today visited a free drive-through rabies clinic being hosted in partnership by the Harrisburg Humane Society, Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, and Merck Animal Health in a parking lot of the Harrisburg Community College.

Secretary of Agriculture, Second Lady Announce Partnership with DoorDash to Deliver Meals to Seniors in Need

09/23/2021
At the Westmoreland Food Bank today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Second Lady Gisele Fetterman joined Pennsylvania's anti-hunger organizations and food banks to announce a new partnership with DoorDash to have healthy, nutritious meals delivered to homebound seniors in need.

Secretary of Agriculture: Dairy Innovation Fuels On-Farm Resiliency and STEM Careers

09/20/2021
Harrisburg, PA – The All-American Dairy Show returned to Harrisburg this weekend, featuring four days of showring competition, youth programming and dairy innovation to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

Secretary of Agriculture Reveals 2022 PA Farm Show Theme: Harvesting More

09/16/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced today that the 106th Pennsylvania Farm Show will run from Saturday, January 8 through Saturday, January 15 and will be hosted at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.

All-American Dairy Show Returns to Farm Show Complex Showcasing U.S. Dairy Industry’s Promising Future, Proud Present

09/16/2021
The All-American Dairy Show, returns to Harrisburg this weekend for its 57th 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, as well as youth development programs and industry networking designed to grow and sustain a thriving dairy industry in the future.

Second Lady Fetterman, Secretary of Agriculture Promote Health, Food Equity at Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

09/15/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding joined Second Lady Gisele Fetterman and urban agriculture leaders at Braddock Farms in Allegheny County at a free vaccine clinic hosted by UPMC. There, they highlighted how Pennsylvania’s urban gardens and markets work to combat the health and food disparities emphasized by COVID-19.

Department of Agriculture Opens $500,000 Program to Improve Urban Agriculture Infrastructure, Food Sovereignty

09/14/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced the opening of the 2021-22 PA Farm Bill’s $500,000 Urban Agriculture Grant Program to grow agricultural infrastructure in urban food deserts to improve access to fresh, local food and provide opportunities for hands-on learning and community-building. With improved agricultural infrastructure, urban growers can prioritize access to sufficient, healthy, and culturally appropriate foods for their community.

Department of Agriculture to Canvass Western PA Counties for Spotted Lanternfly Business Permitting Compliance

09/10/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced today the Spotted Lanternfly Compliance and Enforcement Team will be conducting spotted lanternfly permit and inspection record checks for businesses in Allegheny, Beaver, and Westmoreland Counties beginning on September 20.
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Secretary of Agriculture Encourages Braddock Community to Take Advantage of COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Braddock Farm Stand

09/10/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic in partnership with UPMC will be hosted on Wednesday, September 15 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Braddock Farm Stand, 1000 Braddock Ave, Braddock, PA 15104. 

Agriculture Secretary Encourages Residents to Take Food Safety Precautions During Flooding, Power Outages

09/03/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today encouraged farmers and consumers to take precautionary food safety measures following severe flooding and power outages from the remnants of Tropical Depression Ida.

Secretary of Agriculture Encourages Farmers to Take Advantage of $1 Million Farm Vitality Grant Program for Organic Transition

09/01/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today encouraged Pennsylvania farmers to apply for grants of up to $7,500 through the PA Farm Bill’s $1 million Farm Vitality Grant Program for organic transition planning assistance.

PA Preferred® Homegrown By Heroes to Offer Free Webinars Connecting Military Veterans with Agriculture Business Funding, Opportunities

08/30/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced a free webinar series to connect military veterans who are considering starting or expanding an agriculture business with resources, funding and planning tools they need to succeed.

Wolf Administration Highlights Pennsylvania’s Farm to School Success, Announce Next Steps to Ensure Ag Workforce Security

08/27/2021
At Hill Top Academy in Mechanicsburg today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding was joined by Vonda Ramp, Pennsylvania's Director of Childhood Nutrition Programs, today where he revealed that over the past three years, Pennsylvania schools offering farm to school programming increased by more than 137 percent since last surveyed.

Secretary of Agriculture Joins Volunteer Harvest for Charitable Food System, Highlights Increased Support for PA Farmers Contributions

08/25/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today joined volunteers at Carversville Farm Foundation in Bucks County to harvest produce for the charitable food system.

Secretary of Agriculture Encourages Rural Pennsylvanians to Take Advantage of Vaccine Clinics at Agricultural Fairs and Events

08/19/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today encouraged rural Pennsylvanians to take advantage of the multitude of free COVID-19 vaccine clinics taking place at Pennsylvania’s upcoming agricultural fairs and events.

Agriculture Secretary, Senator Vogel Highlight Opportunity for Increased Dairy Competitiveness

08/18/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Senator Elder Vogel, Chair of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, joined dairy leaders at Harrisburg Dairies today to highlight a new state law that strengthens dairy competitiveness in the marketplace by increasing consumer choice and reducing food waste. A recommendation of the Dairy Future Commission, Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 434 into law on June 30, 2021which offers milk sell-by date and best-by date labeling flexibility to dairy processors.

Wolf Administration Announces $500,000 Available to Improve Childhood Access to Healthy, Local Foods

08/17/2021
Today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced the opening of the 2021-22 PA Farm Bill’s $500,000 Farm to School Grant Program to improve access to healthy, local foods and increase agriculture education opportunities for children pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

Agriculture Secretary Celebrates Newest PA Centennial Farm — Bradford County’s Happy Mountain Bouse Farm

08/12/2021
oday at PennState's annual Ag Progress Days, Agriculture Russell Redding recognized the Bouse family, owners of Happy Mountain Bouse Farm in Towanda, Bradford County, the newest Century Farm in Pennsylvania. Siblings Margaret (Peggy) Bouse Heskell, Rose Bouse and G. Thomas Bouse and their family have farmed the land since purchasing it in1920.

Agriculture Secretary Applauds Champions of Soil, Water Resources

08/12/2021
Today at PennState's annual Ag Progress Days, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding recognized six individuals and two county conservation district boards with 2020 and 2021 Conservation Excellence Awards. On behalf of the State Conservation Commission (SCC), Redding presented Distinguished Service and Training Excellence Awards to current and retired county, state and federal employees from Bedford, Cumberland, Lancaster, Lycoming and York counties. He presented Leadership Excellence Awards to the boards of the Montgomery and Washington County Conservation Districts.

Secretary of Agriculture: Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Ag Progress Days

08/10/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding was joined by Senator Jake Corman and Representative Emily Kinkead during a visit to a free vaccine clinic hosted by the Department of Health at Ag Progress Days in Centre County, Pennsylvania's largest outdoor agricultural exposition, today and encouraged rural Pennsylvanians to take advantage of similar opportunities occurring around the state.

Ag Secretary Invites Proposals for $460,000 in Commonwealth Specialty Crop Block Grants — Strategic Investment to Seed Growth in PA Economy

08/09/2021
oday, Agriculture Russell Redding invited proposals for $460,000 in Commonwealth Specialty Crop Block Grants, created under the PA Farm Bill in 2019 and renewed a third time for the 2021-22 state budget. Eligible projects will stimulate market growth and enhance the competitive position of crops designated as high priority for their potential to feed Pennsylvania's economy and boost environmental sustainability.

Department of Agriculture to Canvass Lackawanna County for Spotted Lanternfly Business Permitting Compliance Business toolkit available to aid in compliance

08/09/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced today the Spotted Lanternfly Compliance and Enforcement Team will be conducting spotted lanternfly permit and inspection record checks for businesses in Lackawanna County beginning on August 23.
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