Pa. ranks 2nd among states for direct-to-consumer sales | Five for the Weekend
Direct-to-consumer marketing and sales by Pa. farmers generated $600M in revenue in 2020
Farmland in Narvon, Pa. The young trees and shrubs in the foreground were planted as buffers for the small stream that flows through the farmland into Conestoga Creek.
Happy weekend, all.
An April 2022 survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture ranked Pennsylvania second among states for direct-to-consumer sales, only following California.
The USDA found that 6,200 Pennsylvania farms produce and sell food locally through direct marketing, which generated $600 million in revenue in 2020.
The top five states by the value of total direct food sales were:
• California, $1.43 billion
• Pennsylvania, $600 million
• New York, $584 million
• Michigan, $555 million
• Maine, $342 million
In a statement issued last week, state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said that “people have also become intimately more aware of where their food comes from,” adding that “direct-to-consumer sales foster a connection both to food and the farmers who grow it, creating meaningful relationships and experiences that will advance Pennsylvania agriculture for generations to come.”
As always, the top five stories from this week are below.
1. Primary Preview: Here’s who’s running for Pa. governor
Pennsylvania’s high-profile U.S. Senate contest might be grabbing all the headlines, but the race to succeed Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who will leave office in January 2023 after serving the maximum of two, four-year terms, also is a very big deal. The race has taken on added urgency with last week’s release of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion toppling Roe v. Wade, which established the constitutional right to an abortion.
That’s because, in addition to wielding significant executive and regulatory authority, the commonwealth’s chief executive has the power to sign or veto legislation. And, in the case of Wolf, a former Planned Parenthood volunteer, there’s been a one-man bulwark against Republican-authored bills seeking to restrict abortion rights.
2. LIVE COVERAGE: Primary Election Day 2022 in Pennsylvania
All day this Election Day, the Capital-Star will bring you the very latest on the 2022 primary election. Keep checking back here today for continuous updates from our staff, social media posts from the campaigns, material submitted by readers, and other stuff that catches our eye.
3. Lancaster Co. House candidate loses Dem endorsements in confusion over abortion stance
Three Democratic members of the Pennsylvania state House requested they be removed from the list of endorsements on the campaign website of Janet Diaz, Democratic candidate for the 49th House District, amid concerns over her stance on abortion rights and access.
State Reps. Mary Jo Daley and Liz Hanbidge, both of Montgomery County, and Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester, are no longer listed on Diaz’s endorsements page. The three lawmakers appeared as recently as last Friday according to Jamie Perrapato, the executive director of Turn PA Blue, a political organization that aims to help get Democrats elected to “every level of Pennsylvania government,” according to its website.
4. Election Day is May 17. Here’s a look at who’s running for U.S. Senate, Lt. Gov. in Pa.
Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race is among the most highly-watched, costly, and crowded races in the country.
With GOP U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey retiring from public office, Democrats see this as one of the few chances to gain a seat and build on what’s now a narrow majority in the upper chamber.
Here’s a look at who’s on the ballot in the May 17 primary election.
5. No, John Fetterman isn’t wearing a tie. And you need to stop talking about that | John L. Micek
So, this isn’t a “John Fetterman” column. And you know what we’re talking about here.
After more than two years on the statewide political stage, there’s already a well-established journalistic shorthand for Pennsylvania’s new lieutenant governor.
It’s the lather, rinse, repeat formula of “black clothes, bald head, tattoos, gosh he’s tall but skinnier, cheerleader for the struggling steel town of Braddock, Pa.” that’s launched a thousand profiles — including a recent one by NYMag.com.
And while all that’s true about Fetterman, it often feels like the media branding of Gov. Tom Wolf’s second-in-command overshadows the actual human behind it.
And that’s the week. We’ll see you back here next week.
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