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Shapiro Administration Invests $9.8 Million to Protect 2,629 Acres on 28 Farms in 19 Pennsylvania Counties from Future Development

06/13/2024
The Shapiro Administration announced today that Pennsylvania will purchase development rights for 2,629 acres on 28 farms in 19 counties, protecting them from future residential or commercial development. The farms, approved for conservation easement purchases by the State Agricultural Land Preservation Board, represent an $9.8 million investment to ensure that Pennsylvania farmers have the resources they need to continue supporting families, communities, and jobs.

Shapiro Administration Tours Thiele Dairy Farm: 2024-’26 Budget Invests in Growing Family Businesses Like the Butler County Farm

06/13/2024
Today on a sixth-generation Butler County family dairy farm, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding viewed the kind of advances in productivity, sustainability, and risk-protection that will multiply with investments through Governor Josh Shapiro's Agriculture Innovation and Conservation, and Dairy Margin Coverage programs. Both investments will keep Pennsylvania's $132.5 billion agriculture industry a national leader in coming decades.

Governor Shapiro’s $10 Million Agriculture Innovation Program Moves Closer to Becoming Law with Bipartisan Support

06/05/2024
Governor Josh Shapiro’s proposed $10 million Agriculture Innovation Program has moved closer to becoming law with broad bipartisan support in House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee. House Bill 2310 creates the program, which will support new solutions to complex agricultural and environmental challenges and keep Pennsylvania’s $132.5 billion agriculture industry a national leader in the coming decades. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding applauded Representatives Eddie Day Pashinski and Dan Moul, leadership of the House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, along with prime sponsor Rep. Paul Takac, for bipartisan support for the bill.

Shapiro Administration Continues a Summer of Sweet, Made in PA Getaways on Scooped: An Ice Cream Trail

05/30/2024
Merrymead Farm’s creamery is one of 41 of the sweetest stops on your Great American Getaway in 2024

Shapiro Administration Awards $2.07 Million to 57 Foodbanks, Pantries, and Soup Kitchens to Expand Emergency Food Access Across Pennsylvania

05/24/2024
Governor Shapiro’s Administration is committed to fighting hunger and food insecurity across Pennsylvania. 

First Lady Lori Shapiro, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding Volunteer at Philadelphia Food Rescue Sharing Excess to Highlight Critical Efforts to Reduce Food Waste, Connect Hungry Families with Healthy Food

05/16/2024
First Lady Lori Shapiro and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding volunteered today, packing boxes alongside Evan Ehlers, Founder and Executive Director at Sharing Excess, a food rescue operation at the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market. Sharing Excess works to reduce food waste while getting fresh, healthy food to city neighborhoods.

Pennsylvania Governor's Invasive Species Council Celebrates Third Annual PA Native Species Day at Big Elk Creek State Park

05/16/2024
The Pennsylvania Governor's Invasive Species Council highlighted the importance of protecting native plants, insects, and animals during the third annual Pennsylvania Native Species Day at Big Elk Creek State Park in Chester County.

Shapiro Administration Hosts 1,300 PA Elementary Students for Hands-On Agriculture Career Exploration at Farm Show Complex

05/09/2024
The Shapiro Administration welcomed 1,300 area elementary school students from nine counties to the PA Farm Show Complex today and Wednesday for hands-on agriculture career exploration during PA Farm City Day. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding toured career exhibits with Department of Education's Bureau of Career and Technical Education Director Judd Pittman, Special Assistant Rob Steinmetz, and Special Consultant for Career Readiness Laura Fridirici joining students who were learning firsthand about careers ranging from dairy farming and beekeeping to sustainable forestry and drone-assisted crop management.

Shapiro Administration Opens Application Window for $500,000 in PA Farm Bill Grants to Strengthen Agriculture Education, Healthy Foods in Schools

05/03/2024
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced that Pennsylvania’s Farm-to-School Grant program is offering schools and childhood centers to apply for up to $15,000 for eligible projects.

Department of Agriculture Warns Consumers to Discard Campylobacter-Contaminated Raw Milk Products from Apple Valley Creamery, Under the ‘Pure Pastures Dairy’ Label, Sold in 12 Counties

05/02/2024
Due to contamination with Campylobacter, consumers should immediately discard raw milk sold from Apple Valley Creamery, under the Pure Pastures Dairy label, with sell-by dates of April 3, 2024 through today.

Shapiro Administration Highlights Innovative Research Fueling Progress in Agriculture at Stroud Water Research Center, Announces $3.6 Million Available for Ag and Conservation Research

04/26/2024
Governor Shapiro’s proposed $10 million Agriculture Innovation Fund will support novel solutions to complex climate challenges.

Shapiro Administration Invests $8.07 Million to Protect 2,250 Acres on 28 Pennsylvania Farms from Future Development

04/11/2024
The Shapiro Administration announced today that Pennsylvania will purchase development rights for 2,250 acres on 28 farms in 15 counties, forever protecting them from residential or commercial development. The farms, approved for conservation easement purchases by the State Agricultural Land Preservation Board, represent an $8.07 million investment to ensure that Pennsylvania farmers will have prime farmland to feed our families and economy in the future.

Agriculture Secretary Visits Lawrence County Championship Beef Farm to Highlight Benefits of Governor Shapiro’s Proposed $5 Million Investment to Expand Veterinary Lab Services

04/04/2024
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee Chair Senator Elder Vogel, Jr. visited Old English Acres, home of champion Limousin beef cattle in Enon Valley, Lawrence County, to see how the farm's business investments would be more secure with the $5 million veterinary lab system expansion Governor Josh Shapiro proposed in his 2024-25 budget.

Shapiro Administration Offers $4.8 Million Funding Opportunity to Strengthen Pennsylvania’s Local Food Supply Chain

04/03/2024
​Harrisburg, PA – Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding invited applications for $4.8 million in federally funded grants to purchase equipment needed to strengthen the middle of the food supply chain – between the farm field and the consumer's table. Funds are part of  $26 million awarded to Pennsylvania through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure program, which aims to boost capacity to meet food supply needs in grocers, restaurants, and institutions like schools, hospitals, and universities.

Agriculture Secretary Highlights Fertilizer Law Changes That Save Pennsylvanians Money and Protect Our Environment

03/29/2024
East Berlin, PA – Pennsylvania’s Agriculture Secretary, Russell Redding joined members of the General Assembly, associations and businesses at Cashman’s Hardware Store in Adams County to promote Pennsylvania’s updated fertilizer law and the Department of Agriculture’s consumer education campaign to help residents manage their lawn care in a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable way.

First Lady Lori Shapiro and Agriculture Secretary Redding Celebrate National Farmworker Awareness Week at Quality Greenhouses

03/29/2024
Dillsburg, PA – In recognition of National Farmworkers Awareness Week, First Lady Lori Shapiro and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding visited Quality Greenhouses to meet with farmworkers and discuss their crucial role in Pennsylvania's agriculture industry.

Agriculture Department Adds Greene County to Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine, Encourages Pennsylvanians to Help Slow Pest’s Spread as Spring Approaches

03/29/2024
Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced today that Greene County is now among 52 Pennsylvania counties quarantined due to confirmed populations of the invasive pest spotted lanternfly. Redding also encouraged Pennsylvanians to destroy lanternfly eggs in the coming weeks prior to the spring hatch.

ICYMI: POLITICO Cites Pennsylvania's Bipartisan Support for Agriculture as Possible "Roadmap for the Nation" for Attracting a New Generation of Farmers

03/22/2024
Daunting trends highlight critical need for investments in food production and rural communities proposed in Governor Shapiro’s 2024-25 budget.<br><br>Harrisburg, PA – Earlier this week, POLITICO cited Pennsylvania’s position leading the nation in the percentage of its farmers who are under 35, recounting bipartisan efforts to attract young farmers as a possible “roadmap for the nation.” The report underscores challenges faced by the agriculture industry nationwide, illustrating the need for the critical investments in food production and rural communities Governor Josh Shapiro has proposed in his 2024-25 budget.

Shapiro Administration Takes Agriculture to the Classroom, Inspiring Youngest Pennsylvanians During Ag Literacy Week

03/21/2024
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding celebrated Ag Literacy Week today, reading to second-graders at Avon Grove Charter School in Landenberg, Chester County and touring the school farm, which was funded by PA Farm Bill Farm to School Grants.

Shapiro Administration Invites Proposals for $460,000 in PA Farm Bill Grants for High Priority Specialty Crops

03/18/2024
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding has invited proposals for $460,000 in 2024 Commonwealth Specialty Crop Block Grants to stimulate market growth or boost the competitive position for high-priority crops. Hardwoods, honey, brewing grains, hemp, and flax are deemed top priorities for their potential to boost fast-growing ag sectors, feed Pennsylvania’s economy, and increase environmental sustainability.

Shapiro Administration Announces $3 Million Investment to Fight Hunger, Reduce Food Waste, and Support Pennsylvania Apple Growers

03/07/2024
Increased funding for innovative food security program provides solution.<br><br>Peach Glen, PA – Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Feeding Pennsylvania CEO Julie Bancroft visited Knouse Foods in Adams County today to see how a $1 million state investment is turning surplus Pennsylvania apples into apple sauce and apple juice to feed hungry families across the state. The Shapiro Administration’s investment of $1 million of Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS) funds, and $2 million of federal funds offered apple growers a tangible solution to meet the challenge of keeping a bumper crop of apples from going to waste.

PA Wine Production Rises from 5th to 4th in Nation — Agriculture Department Releases New Data on Economic Impact of Pennsylvania’s Wine and Grape Industry

02/29/2024
&nbsp;Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture released findings from its 2023 study, Economic Impact of the Pennsylvania Grape &amp; Wine Industry. The study, funded by the department&#39;s Wine Marketing and Research Program, found that the industry supports 10,756 jobs, paying wages of $518.2 million, and directly contributing $1.77 billion to the state economy annually. Pennsylvania ranks 4th in wine production in the nation, up from 5th in 2018. Grape production in PA has grown by about 970 tons per year in that period.

Agriculture Secretary Kicks Off Pennsylvania Maple-Tapping Season at 100-Year-Old Bradford County Maple Farm

02/23/2024
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding kicked off Pennsylvania&#39;s maple tapping-season at Dewy Meadows Farm in Warren Center, Bradford County, celebrating Pennsylvania&#39;s maple syrup industry alongside the Pennsylvania Maple Producers Council and Pennsylvania Hardwoods Development Council.

Shapiro Administration Announces $500,000 in PA Farm Bill Grants for Business Planning to Help Farms Pursue Growth Opportunities

02/22/2024
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced today that the PA Agricultural Business Development Center is taking applications for $500,000 in PA Farm Bill&nbsp; Farm Vitality Planning Grants, funded in the 2023-24 budget. The grants fund strategic business planning to expand or diversify farms or transition of ownership.

Shapiro Administration Invests $5.8 Million to Protect 1,519 Acres on 22 Pennsylvania Farms from Future Development

02/15/2024
The Shapiro Administration announced today that Pennsylvania preserved 1,519 acres on 22 farms in 11 counties, forever protecting them from residential or commercial development. The development rights approved for purchase today by the State Land Preservation Board represent a more than $5.8 million investment in ensuring that Pennsylvania farmers will have prime farmland to feed our families and economy in the future.

Shapiro Administration Awards $3 Million To Implement Conservation Practices on Pennsylvania Farmland, Improving Soil and Water Quality

02/02/2024
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced that the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission approved the allocation of $3 million to be granted to four organizations under the framework of the Conservation Excellence Grant Program.

Shapiro Administration Highlights Agriculture’s Importance in New Economic Development Strategy During Tour of Reykjavik Creamery in Cumberland County

02/01/2024
Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Rick Siger and Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding visited high-tech food manufacturer Reykjavik Creamery in Newville to highlight the important role of agriculture in the new Pennsylvania Economic Development Strategy — the first plan of its kind to guide the Commonwealth in almost 20 years.&nbsp; <br>

Agriculture Department Warns Consumers to Discard Contaminated Raw Milk Products from Conoco View Dairy Sold and Delivered in Six Central Pennsylvania Counties

01/30/2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture warns consumers to immediately discard all Conoco View Dairy raw milk sold in Cumberland, Juniata, Perry, Snyder, and York Counties, or delivered direct to homes or drop-off points in Cumberland, Dauphin, Juniata, and Perry Counties. The Department ran tests after 11 reports of campylobacteriosis illnesses in December and January and confirmed Campylobacter contamination in the dairy&#39;s products.

Shapiro Administration Awards $2.232 Million for Research Critical to Growing Pennsylvania’s Agriculture Industry

01/26/2024
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced $2.232 million in funding for research proposals on issues critical to sustaining and growing Pennsylvania’s $132.5 billion agriculture industry.

Shapiro Administration Enacts Updated Dog Law Measures to Protect Pennsylvania Dogs, Consumers, Communities

01/22/2024
Beginning today, Pennsylvania’s updated Dog Law takes effect to increase public safety in communities, add consumer protections for those who buy or adopt dogs, strengthen requirements for all types of kennels, and increase penalties for those who violate the law and put people and dogs at risk.&nbsp;
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