Agriculture/Pa. Farms

Pa.’s Thompson, U.S. House ag leaders discuss anti-hunger measures in upcoming farm bill

BY: - January 18, 2023

'Food security provides a pathway to financial security,' Thompson, the new chair of the House Agriculture Committee, said.

Shapiro, Redding discuss the future of Pa. agriculture under new administration at 2023 Farm Show

BY: - January 11, 2023

The luncheon, which took place in the Banquet Hall of the bustling Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, featured several speakers, including state Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, Democratic Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro, and Penn State University President Dr. Neeli Bendapudi. 

U.S. Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson, a Pennsylvania Republican

Pa. Rep. Thompson among U.S. House GOP’s new committee chairs; will help steer agenda

BY: - January 11, 2023

The north-central Pa. lawmaker will lead the House Agriculture Committee, giving him broad authority over farm issues.

Redding unveils 2023 Farm Show butter sculpture | Five for the Weekend

BY: - January 7, 2023

The sculpture, a Farm Show tradition that celebrates the commonwealth's dairy farmers, is carved from 1,000 pounds of butter, showcasing this year's theme: "Rooted in Progress."

Finally, something state lawmakers can (mostly) agree on: State symbols

BY: - January 5, 2023

Bills to designate new symbols, from dinosaurs to pastries, just keep coming.

Joseph Monroe, holding his son Angus, raises grass-fed calves in Henry County and markets them through Our Home Place Meat. Photo courtesy of The Berry Center

Happy cows, good food, more profits for farmers in Kentucky

BY: - January 2, 2023

Rural Kentuckians, city chefs build a new market in Wendell Berry country.

Ag Sec Redding looks back on eight years of progress and challenges as Wolf admin winds down

BY: - December 26, 2022

Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding has served the commonwealth under the Wolf administration for the last eight years.  In that time, Redding, of Adams County, led efforts to create the first-ever state Farm Bill, bolster Pennsylvania’s agricultural workforce, support the mental health of farmers and agricultural producers, incorporate sustainable practices at farms across the commonwealth, make Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement self-sustaining, and to address food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

State veterinary officials clear Santa’s reindeer for flight

BY: - December 21, 2022

Dr. Kevin Brightbill, Pennsylvania’s state veterinarian, and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said that they had received a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection from the North Pole, reporting that the reindeer are “physically fit for air travel” ahead of their 41-million-mile trip to deliver approximately 111 million presents all across the world. 

Pa. farmers, producers urged to participate in USDA Census of Agriculture | Five for the Weekend

BY: - December 17, 2022

Happy weekend, all.  State officials are urging farmers and agricultural producers across the commonwealth to participate in the 2022 Census of Agriculture from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The Census of Agriculture is conducted nationally every five years to gather data to “help give an accurate picture of agricultural production in every U.S. county, inform food and agriculture policies […]

Pa. broadband authority presents plan to improve high-speed internet access, infrastructure

BY: - November 30, 2022

The plan noted that approximately “2.6 million Pennsylvania residents in 1.3 million, or 26 percent of households—including 25 percent of Latino and 35 percent of Black American Households —either do not have access to or have not adopted high-speed broadband or may lack the skills to effectively use it.”

Pet Search recently held a low-cost rabies clinic at Canonsburg Fire Department. They hold four each year: April and August in Washington, and February and October in Canonsburg, Pa. (Herald-Standard photo).

Pet Search: Seeking foster families, volunteers in SWPA | Helping the Helpers

BY: - November 30, 2022

By Jon Andreassi WASHINGTON, Pa. — Since 1986, Pet Search has been building a network of foster families for dogs and cats in need of homes. Sherry Knight, co-founder of the Washington-based nonprofit, said the organization is an all-volunteer, no-kill animal rescue. They currently have 45 foster families in Washington, Greene, Westmoreland, Allegheny, Beaver, and […]

Keeping the Faith Animal Shelter Board President Sara Gmutza-Balling stands outside the future site of Keeping the Faith Animal Shelter on Connellsville Road in Lemont Furnace.

Keeping the Faith Animal Shelter planned as community resource | Helping the Helpers

BY: - November 27, 2022

'My sister, Erin, and I have always wanted to do this. I mean, (for) decades,' Sara Gmutza-Balling said.