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104th PA Farm Show Invites Youth to Imagine the Opportunities, Promotes Careers in Agriculture

The 104th Pennsylvania Farm Show wrapped up today after hosting more than 500,000 visitors over eight days.

Lumberjack Demo Draws Crowds, Showcasing Hardwoods at 104th Pennsylvania Farm Show

 In the final hours of the 104th Pennsylvania Farm Show, co-ed teams of collegiate and professional lumberjacks gave a Woodsman demonstration on Saturday with events simulating practices used by actual loggers. Participating teams were the Pennsylvania Professional Lumberjack Organization, the Penn State University Woodsmen Team, and the Penn State Mont Alto Woodsmen Team.

Department of Agriculture Announce Winners of the Spotted Lanternfly Calendar Contest

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced the winners of the Spotted Lantern Fly calendar contest today at the 104th annual Pennsylvania Farm Show. The PDA holds this contest annually as an effort to continue to raise awareness about the threat of the Spotted Lanternfly.

Wolf Administration Celebrates FFA at Annual Mid-Winter Convention during 104th PA Farm Show

At the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Education Secretary Pedro Rivera celebrated agricultural education during the state FFA’s Mid-Winter Convention with more than 5,000 FFA members and guests.

Wolf Administration Announces Pennsylvania’s 2020 Hemp Program Open for Business, Applications Open to Growers and Processors

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s 2020 hemp program will begin accepting applications from both commercial growers and processors in the commonwealth tomorrow, January 4, 2020. This marks the second year for Pennsylvania’s commercial-scale growing program which builds on the department’s pilot research program that had a two-year run.

2020 Farm Show Butter Sculpture Unites Consumers Through Things They Love: Good Food, Celebration, Pro-Sports Mascots

Lt. Governor John Fetterman and Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding today unveiled the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show butter sculpture, carved from a half-ton of butter depicting three of Pennsylvania’s beloved professional sports mascots: Philadelphia Flyers’ Gritty, Philadelphia Eagles’ Swoop, and Pittsburgh Steelers’ Steely McBeam celebrating with a spread of Pennsylvania dairy products. The sculpture, a long-time Farm Show staple, encourages Pennsylvanians to be a fan of Pennsylvania dairy and give a cheer to the more than 6,200 dairy farmers in the commonwealth.

Lt. Governor, Agriculture Secretary Host First Taste of 2020 Farm Show Food Court Menu

Lt. Governor John Fetterman and Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding hosted a tasting event to preview new items on the menu in the 2020 Farm Show Food Court. The Food Court opens to the public on Friday, January 3 from noon to 9:00 PM. Admission and parking for the day are free.

Agriculture Secretary Reminds Dog Owners a 2020 License is the Perfect Stocking Stuffer for Our Furry Friends

If you’re making a list and checking it twice, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today reminded Pennsylvania dog owners that a 2020 dog license makes the perfect stocking stuffer for your canine companions.

Santa’s Reindeer Receive Clean Bill of Health, Approved for Deliveries in Pennsylvania on Christmas Eve

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.

Secretary of Agriculture Announces Availability of Realty Transfer Tax Exemption for Preserved Farm Owners through PA Farm Bill

Today Secretary Russell Redding announced that Pennsylvania’s more than 5,600 preserved farm owners would now be eligible to apply for a new realty transfer tax exemption through Governor Wolf’s Pennsylvania Farm Bill.

Ag Department Calls for Grant Proposals to Strengthen Market for PA Vegetable, Fruit, Nut, Nursery Specialty Crops

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is accepting concept proposals for projects that will increase visibility and competitiveness of the state’s horticultural specialty crops including fruit, vegetable, nursery, flower, and nut products. The deadline to apply is January 24, 2020.

Pennsylvania Adds 29 Farms, 2,450 Acres to Nation-Leading Farmland Preservation Program

Today Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board safeguarded 2,450 additional acres on 29 farms in 16 counties through the state’s nation-leading farmland preservation program. The state board, in partnership with county boards, ended the year by preserving 209 farms (17,505 acres)– the highest number of farms in a decade.

Wolf Administration to Honor Active Military, Veterans at 2020 PA Farm Show

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general, today announced that the Departments of Agriculture and Military and Veterans Affairs will join forces to recognize veterans and military service members, and their families on Thursday, January 9, at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Wolf Administration Progresses Towards Goal of Making Pennsylvania a Leader in Organic Production

Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding today joined with more than 30 members of Pennsylvania’s organic industry to update them on the department’s progress towards developing the PA Preferred® Organic program and gather feedback from producers, processors, and retailers on how the department can meet the industry’s needs and Governor Wolf’s goal of leading the nation in organic production.

Wolf Administrations Kicks Off ‘Trees for Troops’ Donation Weekend

Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Maj. Gen. Anthony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, today helped kick off the 2019 Trees for Troops weekend with an event in York County, encouraging Pennsylvanians to donate Christmas trees to active-duty military and their families.

Register Now to Exhibit Antique Tractors, Engines at 2020 Farm Show

Antique farm equipment enthusiasts are invited to exhibit their vintage iron during the 104th Pennsylvania Farm Show’s Antique Tractor and Engine Show. Entries will be accepted through January 1, 2020.

Wolf Administration Announces PA Farm Bill Grant Funding to Increase Supply of Locally Produced Meat

Governor Tom Wolf today announced the approval of $500,000 in Small Meat Processor Grant to fund 15 projects to improve the supply of locally produced meat in the commonwealth.

Dog Law Enforcement Office Warns Pennsylvania Dog Owners of Fraudulent Dog License Website

Today the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement warned Pennsylvania dog owners looking to purchase new or renewal licenses of a fraudulent website selling dog licenses online.

Make it a Pennsylvania Thanksgiving: Agriculture Secretary Shops Local for Family Thanksgiving

At Broad Street Market today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and his wife, Nina, bought everything on their Thanksgiving dinner grocery list from local, PA Preferred® vendors. It was a demonstration of how with intentional choices, it’s easy to buy local and support Pennsylvania farmers around the holidays and year-round.

Department of Agriculture Partners with PennAg Industries to Launch Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence

Today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Chris Herr, executive vice president of PennAg Industries, visited a Heritage Poultry Management organic egg farm in Lebanon County to discuss how their new partnership through the PA Farm Bill’s Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence will assist swine, poultry, and small ruminant producers with everything from expanding processing capacity to biosecurity planning.

Agriculture Department Offers Free PA Preferred® Workshop to Expand Market Opportunities for PA Farmers

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today invited Pennsylvania farmers to attend the Wholesaling to Institutions Training Series, a workshop designed to help small- to mid-sized farm operations learn how to sell to institutional markets.

Department of Agriculture Offers Advice to PA Hunters, Processors to Protect Against Chronic Wasting Disease

With the 2019 hunting season underway in Pennsylvania, the Department of Agriculture released recommended best management practices to help protect hunters and their families against Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

PA Preferred® Members, Partner Organizations Invited to Bring a Taste of PA to Pennsylvania Farm Show Kickoff Reception

The 104th Pennsylvania Farm Show kicks off with the annual PA Preferred® reception Friday, January 3, 2020. Pennsylvania growers and organizations can help attendees to imagine the opportunities and get a taste of Pennsylvania.

Agriculture Department Calls for Research Proposals to Combat Chronic Wasting Disease in Pennsylvania

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today called for applications for funding innovative research projects to help better understand Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and develop testing methods and strategies for controlling the disease and preventing its spread.

Agriculture Secretary Joins Celebration of Lancaster County Farmland Preservation, Highlights Opportunities for Preserved Farm Owners

With nearly 300 industry members at the Lancaster Farmland Trust annual dinner Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding commended Lancaster County for its investments to secure a strong future for Pennsylvania agriculture and highlighted the vast array of opportunities available to preserved farm owners through the Pennsylvania Farm Bill.

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

Today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding joined Fox Chase Elementary students for lunch during their third annual PA Preferred® Day. There, Redding announced the availability of $500,000 through the PA Farm Bill’s Farm to School Grant Program for Pennsylvania elementary schools to improve access to healthy, local foods and increase agriculture education opportunities for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

Pennsylvania Convenes Inaugural Meeting of Ag Business Development Center Advisory Committee

Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture held the inaugural meeting of Pennsylvania’s Ag Business Development Center advisory committee. The center was signed into law as part of the first-ever Pennsylvania Farm Bill by Governor Tom Wolf in July.

PA Department of Agriculture Issues Findings on September York Fair Accident

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Division of Amusement Rides and Attractions today released findings from its investigation into the September 13, 2019 incident at the York Fair’s Giant Gondola Wheel that resulted in two adults being sent to the hospital.

Northumberland County Tree Farm Provides White House Christmas Tree

Pennsylvania’s $28.9 million Christmas tree industry was highlighted today when Agriculture Deputy Secretary Fred Strathmeyer joined the National Christmas Tree Association at Mahantongo Valley Farms in Northumberland County where a tree was chosen for the White House.
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