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

10/28/2020
With the 2020 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).

Department of Agriculture Releases COVID-19 Restaurant Enforcement Actions, October 19 - October 25

10/28/2020
The Department of Agriculture today released data related to COVID-19 restaurant enforcement actions from October 19 through October 25, 2020. The information is specific to COVID-19 mitigation requirements for restaurants including social distancing, masking, and occupancy limits.

Secretary of Agriculture Joins Local Gleaning Operation, Harvesting Excess Produce to Feed Hungry Pennsylvanians

10/24/2020
York Springs, PA - At Lerew’s Orchard in York Springs today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and his wife, Nina, joined a volunteer gleaning operation through Project SHARE of Carlisle.

Department of Agriculture Releases COVID-19 Restaurant Enforcement Actions, October 12 - October 18

10/21/2020
The Department of Agriculture today released data related to COVID-19 restaurant enforcement actions from October 12 through October 18, 2020. The information is specific to COVID-19 mitigation requirements for restaurants including social distancing, masking, and occupancy limits.

Agriculture Secretary Calls for Research Proposals – $375,000 in PA Farm Bill Funds Available to Grow Livestock, Poultry Industries

10/21/2020
Secretary Russell Redding today called for research proposals that will strengthen and grow Pennsylvania’s poultry, swine, lamb, sheep and goat farming industries. Funded by the 2019 PA Farm Bill, $375,000 is available for projects to enhance biosecurity, diagnostic testing, veterinary telemedicine and other strategies to prevent, detect and manage animal diseases and protect the food supply. 

Departments of Agriculture, Health Confirm Pennsylvania’s First COVID-19 Positive Cat

10/20/2020
State Veterinarian Dr. Kevin Brightbill announced today that Pennsylvania has confirmed its first COVID-19 positive cat.

Virtual 2021 PA Farm Show Offers Competitive Opportunities, Exhibitor Rules and Regulations Modified Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

10/16/2020
The Department of Agriculture today expanded on competitive event opportunities for the virtual 2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show. More than 20 opportunities are available, with every competition having modified rules and regulations to effectively mitigate against COVID-19.

Wolf Administration Highlights Benefits of Self-Certification for Pennsylvania Restaurants

10/15/2020
At Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Department of Community and Economic Development Deputy Secretary Carrie Lepore reminded Pennsylvania restaurants of the benefits of joining Open & Certified Pennsylvania.

Agriculture Department Warns Consumers to Discard E. Coli-tainted Crystal Brook Farm Raw Goat Milk Products

10/14/2020
Consumers who purchased raw goat milk or raw goat milk yogurt, whey or cottage cheese on or before October 13 produced by Crystal Brook Farm, Lancaster County should immediately discard the products, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture said today. Tests completed during routine sampling indicated that the products tested positive for a disease-causing strain of E. coli bacteria.

Department of Agriculture Releases COVID-19 Restaurant Enforcement Actions, October 5 - October 11

10/13/2020
The Department of Agriculture today released data related to COVID-19 restaurant enforcement actions from October 5 through October 11, 2020. The information is specific to COVID-19 mitigation requirements for restaurants including social distancing, masking, and occupancy limits.

Pennsylvania Invests $5,655,426 in Future of Farming, Safeguarding 2,224 Acres on 25 Farms Statewide

10/08/2020
Today, Pennsylvania safeguarded 2,224 acres on 25 farms in 17 counties, investing $5,655,426 through the state’s nation-leading Farmland Preservation Program. Preserved farms are protected from future residential, commercial or industrial development. They represent targeted investments in the future of farming and food security in Pennsylvania.

Secretary of Agriculture Previews Virtual 2021 Farm Show Celebration

10/07/2020
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today expanded on the August announcement of a virtual 2021 PA Farm Show, previewing some of the PA Farm Show favorites and new events to be featured in January.

Department of Agriculture Releases COVID-19 Restaurant Enforcement Actions, September 28 - October 4

10/06/2020
The Department of Agriculture today released data related to COVID-19 restaurant enforcement actions from September 28 through October 4, 2020. The information is specific to COVID-19 mitigation requirements for restaurants including social distancing, masking, and occupancy limits.

Wolf Administration Reminds Restaurants of Opportunity to Increase Indoor Capacity to 50 Percent

10/01/2020
Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding reminded Pennsylvania restaurant owners that they may increase indoor capacity from 25 percent to 50 percent through a new self-certification process. Self-certification ensures that these businesses operate safely and instills customers and employees with confidence knowing they can dine and work safely but will not lead to additional inspections or penalties.

Agriculture Secretary: Food Security Begins on the Farm, Farmers Urged to Maintain Stringent Biosecurity Practices

10/01/2020
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and State Veterinarian Dr. Kevin Brightbill were joined today by industry experts at Country View Family Farms of Hatfield Quality Meats to remind farmers the importance of written biosecurity and continuity of operations plans, and following them strictly, to the overall health and wellbeing of both their business operations and food security of the nation.

Department of Agriculture Releases COVID-19 Restaurant Enforcement Actions, September 21 - September 27

09/29/2020
The Department of Agriculture today released data related to COVID-19 restaurant enforcement actions from September 21 through September 27, 2020. The information is specific to COVID-19 mitigation requirements for restaurants including social distancing, masking, and occupancy limits.

Department of Agriculture employee earns Governor’s Award for Excellence

09/28/2020
Governor Tom Wolf has presented Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Field Representative Tyler Banas with a Governor’s Award for Excellence for his work securing food access to 1.3 million low-income Pennsylvanians through the department’s Bureau of Food Assistance.

Agriculture Secretary Encourages Farmers to Reach Out as Industry Faces Growing Stress Throughout Pandemic

09/24/2020
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Department of Human Services Dr. Perri Rosen will be joined by industry and healthcare representatives this afternoon for an open conversation about decreasing stigma surrounding mental health in agriculture. The discussion will be livestreamed on Facebook at 1:00 PM.

Secretary of Agriculture Highlights ‘Earn While You Learn’ Agriculture Apprenticeship Opportunity

09/23/2020
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding encouraged young Pennsylvanians today to apply for an Agriculture Equipment Service Technician Apprenticeship where they’ll earn a paycheck while they learn hands-on skills in science, technology, engineering, and math. Pennsylvania will face more than 1,000 job openings in the field by 2030, as current farm equipment mechanics and service technicians retire.

Secretary of Agriculture: Opportunity for Dairy Farmer COVID-19 Relief Closes September 30

09/23/2020
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today reminded Pennsylvania dairy farmers that the deadline to apply for the CARES Act-funded Dairy Indemnity Program, which provides financial relief for losses due to discarded or displaced milk during the COVID-19 pandemic, is September 30, 2020.

Department of Agriculture Releases COVID-19 Restaurant Enforcement Actions, September 14 - September 20

09/22/2020
The Department of Agriculture today released data related to COVID-19 restaurant enforcement actions from September 14 through September 20, 2020. The information is specific to COVID-19 mitigation requirements for restaurants including social distancing, masking, and occupancy limits.

Ag Secretary, State Veterinarian: New Animal ID Rules Help Track Disease, Prevent Outbreaks

09/18/2020
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and State Veterinarian Dr. Kevin Brightbill today reminded small-ruminant producers that new requirements for scrapie tags and premises IDs will help ensure better, faster disease tracing and control. Adhering to new federal requirements will help keep scrapie instances from becoming full-blown outbreaks, ultimately saving producers from devastating livestock and financial losses.

Wolf Administration Awards $10 Million to Fund Access to Fresh Food, COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts in Low-Income Communities

09/17/2020
At Karimar Grocery in Franklin County today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin announced that more than 100 projects, funding access for fresh food in low-income communities, have received grants through Pennsylvania’s $10 million Fresh Food Financing Initiative.

Administración Wolf otorga $10 millones para financiar el acceso a alimentos frescos y esfuerzos de mitigación de COVID-19 en comunidades de bajos ingresos

09/17/2020
Hoy en Karimar Grocery en el condado de Franklin, el secretario de Agricultura, Russell Redding, y el secretario de Desarrollo Comunitario y Económico, Dennis Davin, anunciaron que más de 100 proyectos, que financian el acceso a alimentos frescos en comunidades de bajos ingresos, han recibido subvenciones a través de la Iniciativa de financiamiento de alimentos frescos de Pennsylvania de$ 10 millones.

Department of Agriculture Releases COVID-19 Restaurant Enforcement Actions, September 7-13

09/15/2020
The Department of Agriculture today released data related to COVID-19 restaurant enforcement actions from September 7 through September 13, 2020. The information is specific to COVID-19 mitigation requirements for restaurants including social distancing, masking, and occupancy limits.

Department of Agriculture, Partners Urge Pennsylvanians to Squash Spotted Lanternflies Today for Future Food Security

09/10/2020
Following months of hyper-focus on the availability of food, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding was joined by Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Richard Roush and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Executive Director for Field Operations Carlos Martinez at Cherry Hill Orchards, where they urged Pennsylvanians to act now against the Spotted Lanternfly for the sake of food security.

Department of Agriculture Releases COVID-19 Restaurant Enforcement Actions, August 31-September 6

09/09/2020
The Department of Agriculture today released data related to COVID-19 restaurant enforcement actions from August 31 through September 6, 2020. The information is specific to COVID-19 mitigation requirements for restaurants including social distancing, masking, and occupancy limits.

Departments of Agriculture, Health Partner to Offer Pennsylvania Hemp Growers New Testing Resources

09/03/2020
The Departments of Agriculture and Health announced today a new partnership to make Pennsylvania’s six medical marijuana testing laboratories available to the agriculture industry for testing hemp crops for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels.

Department of Agriculture Releases COVID-19 Restaurant Enforcement Actions, August 24-30

09/01/2020
The Department of Agriculture today released data related to COVID-19 restaurant enforcement actions from August 24 through August 30, 2020. The information is specific to COVID-19 mitigation requirements for restaurants including social distancing, masking, and occupancy limits.

Agriculture Department Revises Chronic Wasting Disease Quarantine Requirements for Deer Farms in Bedford, Blair, Fulton Counties

08/28/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today announced changes to quarantine requirements for deer farms in Blair, Bedford and Fulton Counties to control Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The department established a CWD Core Captive Management Zone, to control the disease in the area of the state where it is most prevalent, while allowing deer farms to stay in business.
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