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PDA Shares the Story of Agriculture During Ag Literacy Week

Today, students at John C. Kunkle Elementary School in Middletown, Dauphin County, learned how food gets from the farm to their tables when Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding read to students, kicking off Ag Literacy Week across Pennsylvania.

Secretary of Agriculture Highlights PA Farm Bill, Conservation at Lancaster Equipment Dealer

Lititz, PA – Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding today visited Lancaster County to tour Binkley & Hurst, a regional equipment dealer based in Lancaster, and discuss innovative conservation practices and the role technology plays, the PA Farm Bill, and ways agribusinesses can take advantage of equipment and conservation tax credits.

Mid-Atlantic’s Top Bulls Offered at PA Livestock Evaluation Center Performance Tested Sale March 29

Beef producers can buy some of the best genetics in the region during a bull sale at Pennsylvania’s Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County, on Friday, March 29 at noon.

PA Safeguards 35 Farms, 3,333 Acres, Positions Nation-Leading Farmland Preservation Program for Continued Growth

The Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board’s first meeting of 2019 set a tone for success throughout the coming year, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said.

Fulton, Clearfield County Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today announced that a doe on a Bethel Township, Fulton County breeding farm, and a buck on a Bloom Township, Clearfield County hunting preserve have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Both farms will remain under quarantine for five years from the date the positive tests were confirmed. The department also quarantined the Fulton County farm where the buck had been purchased four weeks prior to its harvest in Clearfield County.

Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Payments Due March 15

The State Horse Racing Commission’s Bureau of Standardbred Horse Racing today reminded Standardbred horse owners that 2019 Sire Stakes payments for 2-year-old and 3-year-old horses are due by March 15.

Top-Performing Bulls to Sell in 46th Edition of Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center Auction

Beef producers have an opportunity to buy some of the best genetics in the northeast during cattle sales at Pennsylvania’s Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County, Friday, March 29, at noon.

Huntingdon County Resident Named 2019 Pennsylvania Fair Queen

Huntingdon County Fair Queen Mikara Anderson of Three Springs, Huntingdon County, was crowned the 2019 Pennsylvania Fair Queen on Saturday, January 26, at the annual joint convention of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs and Pennsylvania State Showmen’s Association.

Wolf Administration Announces Public-Private Initiative to Promote Innovative Farming Practices for Health, Environmental, and Economic Benefits in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Harrisburg, PA - Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell today joined six public and private partners in launching the High Performance Farms Initiative to help increase environmental sustainability, economic benefits, public health, and soil and water quality by promoting innovative farming practices in Pennsylvania’s part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

PA Department of Agriculture Announces Winners of the Spotted Lanternfly Calendar Contest

Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced the winners of the Spotted Lanternfly calendar contest. Selected from more than 700 entries, a drawing of the Spotted Lanternfly titled “Lousy Lanternflies” has been named the grand prize winner of the contest for Pennsylvania students.

Agriculture Department to Showcase Pennsylvania Technology Innovation Start-ups During 2019 Farm Show

During the 2019 Farm Show, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced the department will showcase six Pennsylvania-based companies that offer technology innovations to advance the agriculture industry.

Department of Agriculture Advises Consumers to Discard Unpasteurized Dairy from Lancaster County Farm, Quarantines Raw Cow’s Milk Products

Harrisburg, PA - Consumers who purchased unpasteurized cow’s milk or dairy products from Miller’s Biodiversity Farm in Lancaster County should immediately discard those products. Officials in New York state have notified the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) that raw milk products purchased at the farm may contain a strain of Brucella abortus (RB51).

Santa’s Reindeer Receive Clean Bill of Health from Pennsylvania Officials for Christmas Eve Deliveries

Today, Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding and Pennsylvania State Veterinarian Dr. David R. Wolfgang joined Santa Claus and his nine reindeer at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane to announce that they have received a clean bill of health and are cleared for take-off on December 24.

Wolf Administration Announces Nearly $1.3 Million in Grants to Advance Pennsylvania Agriculture and Food Industry

Harrisburg, PA - Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced $1.286 million in grants to 15 Pennsylvania universities and research organizations to advance Pennsylvania’s $135.7 billion agriculture and food industry.

Register Now to Exhibit in 2019 Farm Show’s Antique Tractor, Engine Show

Antique farm equipment enthusiasts can showcase agriculture’s historic role in inspiring Pennsylvania’s story by bringing their vintage iron to the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg next month.

Pennsylvania Adds 28 Farms, Nearly 2,000 Acres to Nation-Leading Farmland Preservation Program

Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board today safeguarded 1,974 additional acres on 28 farms in 14 counties through the state’s nation-leading farmland preservation program.

Pennsylvania Businesses Encouraged to Help Keep PA Moving by Obtaining a Spotted Lanternfly Permit

Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is encouraging businesses to obtain the required Spotted Lanternfly permit to ensure they are complying with the Spotted Lanternfly quarantine orders. Gearing up for the next phase of the Spotted Lanternfly life cycle, now is the best time for businesses to learn how they can jump-start this spring’s fight.

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Confirmed in Jefferson County

Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture received notice today from USDA confirming rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHD) in two pet rabbits that died in Clover Township, Jefferson County. The site is under quarantine, and is being cleaned and disinfected. The disease poses no risk to human health, or to animals other than rabbits.

Department of Agriculture, GIANT Announce Multi-Year Farm Show Sponsorship Agreement

Harrisburg, PA - Today, Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding joined Nicholas Bertram, president of GIANT Food Stores to announce that the Department of Agriculture and GIANT have entered into a multi-year sponsorship agreement at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
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