2021-22 Budget Breakdown: Conservation, Natural Resources, Environmental Protection and Ag | The Numbers Racket

By: - July 19, 2021 6:30 am
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Continuing our breakdown of the 2021-22 budget approved in June, this week we dive into the numbers for the departments of Conservation and Natural Resources, Environmental Protection and Agriculture. 

Let’s take a look.

Conservation & Natural Resources 

  •  General Fund changes: 
    • $1.63 million increase for General Government Operations 
    • $2.55 million increase for State Forests Operations 
    • $1 million decrease in Oil & Gas Lease Fund utilization  

Environmental Protection 

General Fund changes:  

  • $1.66 million increase for General Government Operations 
  • $2.12 million increase for Environmental Program Management 
  • $526,000 increase for Chesapeake Bay Agricultural Source Abatement 
  • $3.83 million increase for Environmental Protection Operations 
  • $4.29 million increase for Black Fly Control & Research
  • Water Commissions level funded

Agriculture 

General Fund changes: 

  • $34.9 million, a $1.82 million increase for General Government Operations, as proposed by the governor 

Left out of state budget, Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement will ‘maintain minimum services’ with Ag funds

  • $3 million increase for State Food Purchase appropriation 

Appropriation provides funding for: 

  • State Food Purchase Program (SFPP) – $2 million increase 
  • Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS) – $1 million increase 
    • Emergency Food Assistance Development Program (TEFAP) 
      • TEFAP Distribution

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared. Follow her on Twitter: @Wordsby_CassieM.

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