Agriculture/Pa. Farms

The pressure is on Pa. as neighboring states legalize recreational cannabis

BY: - May 9, 2022

Here's what a move to greener pastures might look like.

COMMENTARY

Want to fight climate change? Eat more plants and fewer animals | Opinion

BY: - May 8, 2022

Building a sustainable future starts on our plates. Let’s eat accordingly.

House Dems to hold hearing on Pa.’s hemp industry | Five for the Weekend

BY: - May 7, 2022

In 2021, the Pa. Agriculture Department reported that it issued 426 hemp growing permits.

Deadly bird flu sweeps states, including Pa., straining farmers | Analysis

BY: - May 3, 2022

Pa.'s first case of avian influenza was confirmed April 16 on a Lancaster County farm.

A large herd of cattle moves to a new pasture for grazing at the ARS Central Plains Experimental Range LTAR site in Colorado. d3846-1

Pa.’s Rep. Thompson denounces U.S. House hearing on record profits for meatpackers

BY: - April 28, 2022

'This hearing reeks of political points scoring on behalf of the administration,' Thompson, the panel's top Republican, said.

COMMENTARY

We need to end our reliance on synthetic fertilizer. This is how | Opinion

BY: - April 21, 2022

Returning to agricultural self-reliance won’t happen overnight. But now is the time for farmers to embrace change.

Lancaster Co. agricultural conservation project ‘unique’ in its approach to meet Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction goals

BY: - April 14, 2022

Utilizing the state Conservation Excellence Grant, a part of the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Bill designed to support farmers developing on-farm conservation practices, the partnering organizations said they have been able to provide local farmers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed with educational, financial and technical support for conservation best practices. 

Ag officials urge residents to trap invasive Spotted Lanternflies | Five for the Weekend

BY: - April 9, 2022

That's the approach Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture officials highlighted this week on a visit to the the Indiana County Conservation District where state officials and researchers demonstrated how to use a circle trap to eliminate large numbers of spotted lanternflies without harming beneficial pollinators or small animals.

Chesapeake Bay federal funding bump could be used to boost restoration efforts in Pa., bay advocacy group says

BY: - April 4, 2022

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program and technical assistance for farmers enrolled in conservation programs under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), would see a $2.6 million bump from 2022 funding levels to $90.6 million in the 2023 fiscal year. 

Pa. invests in pollinator research | Five for the Weekend

BY: - April 2, 2022

The grants, the department said in a statement, are a way to support pollinator research and the state's $132.5 billion agriculture industry.

Oh Deer: Here’s how you can help Pittsburgh collect data on urban wildlife encounters

BY: - March 30, 2022

By Jordana Rosenfeld PITTSBURGH —  The city of Pittsburgh would like to know, on a scale of one to five, how much you enjoy seeing skunks within city limits. Do you “intensely dislike” encountering Pittsburgh’s city skunks or do you enjoy seeing them “very much”? Has a skunk ever sprayed you within city limits? City […]

11 more counties added to Spotted Lanternfly quarantine

BY: - March 25, 2022

The addition of Adams, Armstrong, Bedford, Centre, Fulton, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer, Snyder, Union, and Washington counties brings 45 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties into the Spotted Lanternfly quarantine.