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PA Department of Agriculture Names Dr. Kevin Brightbill to State Veterinarian Post

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today named Dr. Kevin Brightbill as Pennsylvania’s State Veterinarian. Brightbill will spearhead efforts to protect animal health by directing the work of the department’s Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services. He will also oversee the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory and lead several public-private industry and interdisciplinary partnerships, including the Pennsylvania One Health Task Force – all of which serve to safeguard the health of animal agriculture, and the state, nation, and world’s food supply.

Department of Agriculture Advises Consumers to Discard Triple Action Neem Oil

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today notified consumers that laboratory testing has shown “Triple Action Neem Oil Broad Spectrum Fungicide, Insecticide, and Miticide” contains pesticide active ingredients not listed on the product label. During testing, the presence of malathion, chlorpyrifos, and permethrin were confirmed.

Celebrating PA’s Commitment to Meat Processors

Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today joined beef producers, promoters, and purveyors to celebrate that segment of the agriculture industry and share how it would benefit from targeted investments in local meat processing under Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed PA Farm Bill.

Wolf Administration, USDA, Penn State Tour Lancaster County, Highlighting How PA Farm Bill Will Help Battle Spotted Lanternfly

On the heels of the first Spotted Lanternfly hatch of the season, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding was joined by representatives from USDA and Penn State. Officials outlined how the proposed PA Rapid Response Disaster Readiness Account in the PA Farm Bill will expand efforts to contain the destructive pest. They also toured Lancaster-based Central Penn Transportation and Lancaster County Central Park for a demonstration of control methods.

Sec. of Agriculture Highlights PA Farm Bill’s Commitment to Conservation on Earth Day

Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding today celebrated Earth Day during a visit to Ernst Conservation Seeds in Meadville, where he highlighted the connections to conservation under the proposed PA Farm Bill.

Dog Wardens to Canvass 22 Counties for Current Dog Licenses, Rabies Vaccinations now through June

Harrisburg, PA - The Department of Agriculture announced today that state dog wardens will conduct dog license and rabies vaccination checks in 23 counties from today through June. This program aims to raise awareness of the importance of up-to-date dog licenses, and rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats to the health and safety of Pennsylvania communities.

Sec. of Agriculture Celebrates PA’s Protectors and Providers on Veteran-run Farms

 Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding today toured two farms run by veterans, discussing the investments being made under the PA Farm Bill. Redding joined the PA Veteran Farming Project at Black Valley Farm, a VA-approved mentor farm for veterans with VA educational benefits, and Pleasant Lane Farm, owned by the Frye family, whose members have served in the Marines and Army National Guard. The Fryes were recently awarded grant funding through the Dairy Investment Program grant program.

Pennsylvania Continues to Lead Nation, Adds 31 Farms in 17 Counties to Nearly 6,000 Permanently Preserved

Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board at its April meeting safeguarded 3,134 additional acres on 31 farms in 17 counties through the state’s nation-leading farmland preservation program.

Pennsylvania's Hemp Permitting Window Closes May 1

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA)’s 2019 hemp program will accept permit applications through May 1, after which the permitting window will close for this growing season.

Sec. of Agriculture: PA Farm Bill Will Support Youth Development and Ag Education

Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding today visited Oley Valley High School, learning about the work students are doing in agricultural education and discussing the positive impacts the PA Farm Bill will have on ag ed and organizations like FFA.

46th Pennsylvania Performance-Tested Bull Sale Grosses $261,400, Averages $2,970 on 88 Bulls

Beef producers earned $261,400 for top-quality bulls at the 46th Pennsylvania Performance Tested Bull Sale, Friday, March 29, at the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County.

PA Farm Bill: Creating Innovative Processing Opportunities for Pennsylvania Agriculture

Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding today highlighted two new projects in Western Pennsylvania that demonstrate the opportunities available under the proposed PA Farm Bill, specifically efforts to create more opportunities in processing capabilities for meat and dairy.

Pennsylvania Seeks Creameries for Second Annual Ice Cream Trail

Deadline to be part of expanded trail is April 19

PA Farm Bill Invests in Commonwealth’s Urban Ag System

Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding today met with stakeholders at the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society to outline the unique role urban agriculture would play in the proposed PA Farm Bill, and how urban agriculturalists can take advantage of new opportunities under the legislation.

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.
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