Today Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board safeguarded 2,763 additional acres on 30 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 210 farms (17,817 acres)– the highest number of farms in a decade.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 2020 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, which runs until Monday, October 28, 2019, will determine who wins the honor of singing each morning.
Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding yesterday visited two Lancaster County farms that supply cheese to Philabundance, a nonprofit which received a $63,000 PA Dairy Investment Program grant earlier this year to market their Abundantly Good cheese brand in the greater Philadelphia region. Oak Shade Cheese in Kirkwood and Sunset Farms in Ronks supply cheese to Philabundance. Proceeds from the sale of the cheese brand go to purchase surplus milk from Lancaster County dairy farmers to produce more cheese that is then donated to Philabundance clients.
Today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and members of the Pennsylvania Commission for Agricultural Education Excellence joined FFA members and educators of Cumberland Valley High School for an FFA Showcase to cap off Pennsylvania’s Ag and Food Careers Week. Surrounded by those most invested in both education and agriculture, Secretary Redding announced the availability of $500,000 through the PA Farm Bill’s Ag and Youth Grant Program to fund projects such as ag education and workforce development programs, seminars and field trips, agricultural safety training, capital projects, or equipment purchases that will help to build a strong future workforce for Pennsylvania’s leading industry.
The farms protected at Thursday’s meeting of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board represent targeted investments in the future of farming, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said.
Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding today opened the 2019 PA Hemp Summit, greeting more than 500 entrepreneurs eager to get in on the ground-level of Pennsylvania’s new hemp industry. Redding announced the availability of $460,000 in new state funding through Specialty Crop Block Grants created under the PA Farm Bill. Funding will be available to enhance the market for and competitiveness of crops, including hemp, which are designated as high priority because of their growth potential.
Farmers in Beaver, Crawford, Erie, Lawrence, and Mercer counties are eligible to receive disaster relief assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding shared today.
Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding joined 2,800 elementary students and teachers from six mid-state counties for a tour of Farm City Day at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. Students got an up-close experience with 21st century agriculture careers from soil and plant science to animal nutrition and veterinary medicine.
The Pennsylvania departments of Agriculture and Health today reminded Pennsylvanians to take every possible precaution against mosquito bites for themselves and their animals, especially horses. Last month, the administration announced the confirmation of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a rare mosquito-transmitted viral infection, in Erie, Carbon, and Monroe counties. As of this week, new cases have been confirmed in both Luzerne and Mercer counties.
Harrisburg, PA - 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 $300,000 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. Priority consideration will be given to educational exhibits and vendors at the 2020 PA Farm Show.
York, PA - Today, Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding was joined by the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association to announce the launch of EatSafePA, a free mobile app that allows Pennsylvanians to have restaurant inspection reports at their fingertips to help them choose a dining establishment without fear of foodborne illness.
Enjoy a fall-weather preview of the Pennsylvania Farm Show, complete with homemade barbecue, draft horses on parade, and opportunities for hands-on learning and up-close visits with livestock with the Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) starting Thursday, October 3, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.