agricultural-issues

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.

Rural broadband is a farm bill focus during U.S. House hearing

BY: - March 11, 2022

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

BY: - February 3, 2022

Thompson, R-15th District, questioned the USDA's ability to dole out conservation funding.

Pa.: The Tree Farm State | The Numbers Racket

BY: - December 20, 2021

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. 

COMMENTARY

Will Joe Biden’s executive order spark real change in food production? | Opinion

BY: - August 20, 2021

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

BY: - June 8, 2021

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

BY: - February 1, 2021

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. 

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Squeezed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Pa. farmers look to state, feds for help. But some are falling through the cracks

BY: - June 7, 2020

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

BY: - May 27, 2020

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 

BY: - April 22, 2020

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

BY: - January 7, 2020

Farm show season is the perfect time to talk about issues currently facing the state’s diverse agricultural industry.