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Pennsylvania Invests $5.1 Million in Future of Agriculture, Safeguards 2,305 Acres on 30 Farms

06/17/2021
Today, Pennsylvania safeguarded 2,305 acres on 30 farms in 19 counties, investing more than $5.1 million in the future of agriculture through the state’s nation-leading Farmland Preservation Program. The program preserves farms to protect them from future residential, commercial or industrial development. They represent targeted investments in the future of farming and food security in Pennsylvania.

Department of Agriculture to Canvass Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine for Business Permitting Compliance

06/16/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced that the department’s Spotted Lanternfly Compliance and Enforcement Team will be conducting spotted lanternfly permit and inspection record checks for businesses in Pennsylvania’s 34 counties quarantined for the pest.

Secretary of Agriculture, Second Lady, Legislators Urge Pennsylvanians to Be the Voice for PA Pups

Outdated license fees pose risk to wellbeing of dogs, legislative solution needs support

06/14/2021
Joined by Second Lady Gisele Fetterman and Levi Fetterman, the Fetterman family dog, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and dog law advocates Senator Judy Schwank and Representative Eddie Day Pashinski rallied at the Capitol today calling on Pennsylvanian’s to ask their legislator to save the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement and their invaluable work by supporting Senate Bill 232 and House Bill 526.

Wolf Administration to Families: Kids are the Future of Pennsylvania Agriculture, Explore Hands-On Ag Opportunities this Summer

06/09/2021
With Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry providing $132.5 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy and the industry leading the nation for production in many sectors, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Acting Secretary of Education Noe Ortega today stressed the importance of cultivating the next generation of agriculturalists by offering kids opportunities for hands-on agriculture experiences over the summer.

Wolf Administration: Farmers Market Nutrition Program Connects Hungry Seniors, Families with Pennsylvania Farmers

06/08/2021
At the Open-Air Farmers Market at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg today, Wolf Administration officials reminded Pennsylvania’s low-income seniors and WIC recipients to obtain and use their vouchers from the Pennsylvania Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) to purchase fresh, local fruits, vegetables, and herbs from FMNP-approved farmers at farmers markets and farm stands across the commonwealth.

Secretary of Agriculture Highlights Administration Investments to Build Urban Food Sovereignty

06/03/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today toured gardens throughout the City of York and discussed the ability for farms in Pennsylvania’s urban spaces to stomp out food apartheid and build stronger, united communities with volunteers and management from York Fresh Food Farms and city officials.

Ag Department to Spray for Spotted Lanternfly Along Transportation Rights-of-Way Prioritizing Human Health, Environmental Safety

05/28/2021
As Spotted Lanternflies hatch across much of the state, PA Department of Agriculture crews have begun to spray an insecticide that kills the insects on contact along railways, interstates and other transportation rights-of-way. Contact spraying is a new element of strategic efforts to slow the spread of the invasive pest, which moves primarily by hitching a ride on vehicles traveling out of infested areas.

Wolf Administration to Pennsylvanians: As Brood X Cicadas Emerge, Avoid Insecticides

05/27/2021
With the emergence of Brood X Cicadas underway in Pennsylvania, Wolf Administration officials today encouraged Pennsylvanians to keep their hands off of insecticides as these once-every-seventeen-year bugs make their appearance. While large and loud, these rare insects are not harmful and will not be around for long.

With Half of Pennsylvania Dogs Unlicensed, Deputy Secretary of Ag and Rep. Wheeland Highlight Legislation to Increase Licensure Rates

05/27/2021
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Fred Strathmeyer today said that only about 50 percent of Pennsylvania’s approximately three million dogs are licensed. That’s about 1.5 million dogs in Pennsylvania with no ticket home if they get lost and no way to track down an owner if they would bite or attack a person or another animal.

Warren County Deer Tests Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, First Confirmed in PA Northern Tier

05/26/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today announced a confirmed positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a white-tailed deer on a Warren County hunting preserve. Remaining deer were euthanized and all tested negative for the disease. The department has quarantined the preserve for five years. Contact tracing to determine any further exposure is in progress and may necessitate additional quarantines.<br>

Department of Agriculture Demonstrates Safe, Effective Trap for Spotted Lanternflies as Destructive Pest Hatch Escalates

05/21/2021
Today in Harrisburg, a specialist from the PA Department of Agriculture demonstrated how homeowners can use a circle trap to eliminate large numbers of destructive Spotted Lanternflies without harming beneficial pollinators or small animals.

Wolf Administration Improves Access to Pennsylvania Senior Food Box Program, Encourages Enrollment

05/19/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Aging Secretary Robert Torres today joined seniors at Kings Terrace to announce steps to increase access to Pennsylvania’s Senior Food Boxes, a supplemental food program available free to lower income seniors. Giving the program a new name and removing proof of income requirements are among the barriers to participation the state is removing, with the goal of encouraging seniors to take advantage of the program.

Ag Deputy Secretary, Bucks County Breeder, State Representative Call for Action to Prevent Puppy Mills from Resurfacing

05/13/2021
Today, Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Fred Strathmeyer was at Willow Spring Kennels in Bucks County to discuss the sad situation facing Pennsylvania dogs due to inaction to raise dog license fees. State Representative Frank Farry, scheduled to join the event was unfortunately unable to attend, but expressed his support for legislative action.

Wolf Administration Invests $500,000 in Future of Agriculture, Funds 57 Ag Education Grant Projects

05/12/2021
Millersville, PA - At Penn Manor High School today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Education Executive Deputy Secretary Pam Smith announced that $500,000 from the Pennsylvania Farm Bill has been invested in developing the future workforce for Pennsylvania’s $132.5 billion agriculture industry by funding 57 grants for ag education.

Wolf Administration Visits Mushroom Farm Mobile Vaccine Clinic, Acknowledges Workforce Dedication to Food Security

05/11/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Governor’s Advisory Commission for Latino Affairs Executive Director Luz Colon today visited a vaccine clinic at Giorgio Mushrooms in Berks County where more than 600 farmworkers received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The clinic was available through a mobile vaccine and testing unit operated in partnership by the Latino Connection and Highmark Blue Shield.

Wolf Administration Funds 42 Projects to Improve Urban Agriculture Infrastructure, Overcome Food Deserts

05/07/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced approval for $500,000 in funding to support 42 projects through the Pennsylvania Farm Bill’s Urban Agriculture Grant Program. The projects funded include everything from refrigeration equipment to agricultural infrastructure such as greenhouses, raised beds, irrigation, and tools to provide urban ag operations every opportunity to succeed as they work to feed and build their communities.

Ag Secretary, Dauphin County Treasurer Call for Practical Solution to Crisis Impacting PA Dogs, Local Government Finances

05/05/2021
Today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding joined Dauphin County Treasurer Janis Creason and Executive Director Humane Society of Harrisburg Area and Federated Humane Societies of Pennsylvania President Amy Kaunas to detail a crisis impacting dogs in Pennsylvania kennels, the families who adopt them, and the strain placed on local government finances by underfunded dog license fees creating the crisis.

Secretary of Agriculture, State Veterinarian: Pennsylvania’s $34.6 Billion Animal Ag Industry Relies on Quick, Coordinated Emergency Declaration and Response

05/04/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and State Veterinarian Dr. Kevin Brightbill today discussed a variety of dangerous transmissible animal diseases that threaten Pennsylvania’s $34.6 billion animal agriculture industry. Should these diseases – which are currently present in other countries – arise anywhere in the United States, Pennsylvania would need to immediately declare a state of emergency to support the industry.<br>

Secretary of Agriculture Announces $400,000 in Grant Awards to Increase Early Childhood Nutrition, Agricultural Awareness

04/30/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced the approval of nearly $400,000 in Farm to School Grants to fund 39 projects that will improve access to healthy, local foods and increase agricultural awareness opportunities for children pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

Wolf Administration Launches Public-Private Partnership to Vaccinate Mushroom Farmworkers

04/29/2021
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania&#39;s nation-leading mushroom industry stepped up to the plate to both feed America and keep their workers safe. Now, after a collaborative effort by the Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture and Health, the American Mushroom Institute, LCH Health and Community Services, and the Chester County Health Department, mushroom farmworkers are scheduled to receive the one-shot Johnson &amp; Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

Secretary of Agriculture Highlights 20 Million-Pound Milestone for State’s Agricultural Surplus System

04/23/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announce that the state’s program that rescues surplus agricultural products from waste and redirects it to the charitable food system, the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS), has officially exceeded more than 20 million pounds of food. That’s 20 million pounds of fresh, locally produced products put into the hands of those who need it most over the past five years.

Ag Secretary, Legislators, Humane Officials Warn: Without Funding Fix, Dogs Will Suffer, Taxpayers Take Double Hit

04/22/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding warned today that the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement’s dog wardens’ relationship with the Pennsylvania SPCA network to address animal cruelty for dogs in kennels is at risk. State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski has championed a legislative solution – House Bill 526, which is awaiting further legislative support – to address the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement’s funding crisis.

Agriculture Secretary: $445,000 in PA Farm Bill Funds Available for Research Projects to Strengthen, Grow Livestock, Poultry Industries

04/21/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today called for proposals for research projects that will strengthen and grow Pennsylvania’s poultry, swine, lamb, sheep and goat farming industries. Funded by the 2020 PA Farm Bill, $445,000 is available for research projects to enhance biosecurity, diagnostic testing, veterinary telemedicine and other strategies to prevent, detect and manage animal diseases and protect the food supply.

Secretary of Agriculture Announces PA Farm Show Spring Food Fest

04/19/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced today that after a successful Fall Food Fest this past November, the department has scheduled another opportunity for Pennsylvanians to get their PA Farm Show food fix at an outdoor Spring Food Fest in May.

Secretary of Agriculture Hosts Virtual Discussion Encouraging Confidence in Science to Pennsylvania Ag Industry

04/16/2021
With all Pennsylvania adults now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding today hosted a virtual discussion with Pennsylvania farmers who have already received the COVID-19 vaccine. They were joined by Dr. Mark Goedecker, regional medical director for WellSpan Health, who discussed the value of vaccinated Pennsylvanians sharing their story to boosting confidence and acceptance among others.

Agriculture Department Funds $300,000 in Projects to Boost Sales of PA-Grown Agricultural Products

04/15/2021
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced $300,000 in state matching funds awarded to 16 projects aimed at increasing consumer awareness of Pennsylvania agriculture products and market opportunities for agriculture producers.

Pennsylvania Protects 26 Farms, 2,370 Acres from Future Development

04/15/2021
oday, Pennsylvania protected 2,370 acres on 26 farms in 16 counties through the state’s nation-leading Farmland Preservation Program. Since 1988, the program has purchased permanent conservation easements on 5,869 Pennsylvania farms, covering 596,827 acres, in 59 counties, ensuring they will remain farms in the future.

Department of Agriculture Releases COVID-19 Restaurant Enforcement Actions, April 5 – 11, 2021

04/14/2021
The Department of Agriculture today released data related to COVID-19 restaurant enforcement actions from April 5 – April 11, 2021. The information is specific to COVID-19 mitigation requirements for restaurants, including social distancing, masking and occupancy limits.

Department of Agriculture Answers Frequently Ask Questions About Dog Wardens Role, Animal Cruelty

04/13/2021
The Department of Agriculture today hosted a Facebook Live event to directly address questions about the work of wardens and their connection to the enforcement of animal cruelty in Pennsylvania.

Secretary of Agriculture Announces $1 Million Farm Vitality Grant Program, Secures Strong Future for Pennsylvania Agriculture

04/09/2021
Boiling Springs, PA - On a preserved farm in Cumberland County, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced the opening of the $1 million Farm Vitality Grant Program. One of the largest of the programs in Governor Tom Wolf’s Pennsylvania Farm Bill, the Farm Vitality Program aims to enhance the long-term health and vitality of Pennsylvania’s farms.
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