Pa.’s Rep. Thompson denounces U.S. House hearing on record profits for meatpackers
'This hearing reeks of political points scoring on behalf of the administration,' Thompson, the panel's top Republican, said.
We need to end our reliance on synthetic fertilizer. This is how | Opinion
Returning to agricultural self-reliance won’t happen overnight. But now is the time for farmers to embrace change.
Rural broadband is a farm bill focus during U.S. House hearing
By Jared Strong The coronavirus pandemic highlighted the need for federal assistance to develop high-speed internet connectivity in all parts of the country, members of a U.S. House subcommittee agreed this week as they reviewed provisions that are likely to be included in the next farm bill. “I represent a largely rural district in north-central, […]
Lawmakers, including Pa.’s Thompson, clash over climate in early farm bill talks
Thompson, R-15th District, questioned the USDA's ability to dole out conservation funding.
Pa.: The Tree Farm State | The Numbers Racket
In 2017, the most recent year for which data were available, there were 15,008 tree farms in the United States, occupying more than 295,000 acres of land for production, according to data from the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Will Joe Biden’s executive order spark real change in food production? | Opinion
The executive order also aims to strengthen antitrust enforcement. Agriculture is one of the most concentrated industries in the U.S.
Pa. GOP lawmakers threaten state funding for Penn veterinary program over vaccine policy
A group of House Republicans are threatening to withhold almost $32 million in state funding for Philadelphia’s largest private employer over its employee vaccine policy.
Ag nominee Vilsack battles skepticism from Black farmers ahead of Tuesday confirmation hearing
Black farmers also say that at the USDA under Vilsack, agricultural census data was distorted to falsely show that there was a boom in the number of Black farmers.
Squeezed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Pa. farmers look to state, feds for help. But some are falling through the cracks
While some programs have been able to provide a decent amount of money to small dairy operations, some small, specialty producers in the state say they’re finding themselves left out.
Pa. House committee takes up agricultural concerns related to COVID-19
The meeting was held to address agricultural issues related to COVID-19. Committee Chairman Rep. Martin Causer, R-McKean, said Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home orders were done in a “haphazard nature” that muddied communication in the agriculture sector.
Limited workplace protections, packaging woes could stress food supplies, lawmakers worry
More face masks and flexible food packaging are needed to keep Pennsylvania’s grocery stores in stock, legislative leaders warned Wednesday.
Farm show season highlights issues facing Pennsylvania agriculture
Farm show season is the perfect time to talk about issues currently facing the state’s diverse agricultural industry.