department-of-agriculture

Businesses in two central Pa. counties to be inspected for Spotted Lanternfly quarantine compliance

BY: - October 20, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday that it would begin permit and inspection record checks for businesses in Cumberland and York counties on Oct. 25 as the state looks to quell its Spotted Lanternfly infestation. 

‘The goal is to act now’: state officials detail Pa.’s 2021 Climate Action Plan

BY: - September 22, 2021

The plan builds on six areas of impact noted in the 2021 Climate Change Impacts Assessment

Ag. Sect’y Redding announces ‘return’ of Pa. Farm Show in 2022

BY: - September 16, 2021

The 106th Farm Show will be held at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg from Jan. 8 - 15, 2022, the Department of Agriculture confirmed. The theme for the 2022 Farm Show will be “harvesting more.”

Ag Sect’y Redding: Education, school programs will cultivate the ‘next generation’ of ag workers

BY: - August 27, 2021

As they look to secure the next generation of agricultural workers, state officials are banking on school programs that put agriculture front and center for Pennsylvania students. 

State officials throw their support behind ‘collaborative’ efforts to combat invasive species

BY: - August 25, 2021

The state spends $950K a year to fight invasive species, a top Wolf admin. official told a bicameral agency

Pa. Farm Show Complex to welcome guests again starting in September

BY: - July 15, 2021

Starting this September, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg will once again start playing host to large events, officials said Thursday. The looming return of such events as sports tournaments and agricultural shows and competitions marks the end of a 16-month, pandemic-inspired hiatus that saw the sprawling building transformed into a […]

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

BY: - June 29, 2021

The bureau had been the recipient of a $1.2 million supplemental transfer a year prior. 

Trading one pest for another: Goodbye, cicadas; Begone, spotted lanternflies! | Five for the Weekend

BY: - June 26, 2021

Happy weekend, all. Just when you think the bug parade across Pennsylvania has ceased, (bye, Cicadas!) pests like the nymph stage Spotted Lanternflies (SLF), pictured above, make their appearance. I had the misfortunate of discovering SLFs at my home in Lebanon County this week, which means I spent most of the week plotting their demise. According to the […]

Pa. preserves 30 farms, more than 2,300 acres, to the tune of $5.1M

BY: - June 17, 2021

Since its creation, the program has preserved 5,329 farms and 552,702 acres of farmland in Pennsylvania. 

With Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement on the brink, supporters say it’s time for a ‘yes vote’ on licensing fee increases

BY: - June 14, 2021

Lending his likeness to the cause Monday, was Levi Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s second dog, who was joined by his human, Second Lady Gisele Fetterman. 

Capital-Star Q&A: Pa. Ag. Sect’y Russell Redding talks 2022 Farm Show return, COVID recovery, and the Chesapeake Bay

BY: - June 10, 2021

Bring on the milkshakes. 'Our goal is to have a 2022 Farm Show in person,' Pa.s top agriculture official says.

They’re ‘unsung heroes’: Pa. officials pay tribute to farm workers who kept food on the table during pandemic

BY: - May 11, 2021

The employer-sponsored mobile vaccination site at the mushroom farm is the result of a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Latino Connection and Highmark Blue Shield, which aims to reach the commonwealth’s diverse and underserved populations.