department-of-agriculture

USDA appoints Heidi Secord as Pa.’s Farm Service Agency exec

BY: - January 19, 2022

Heidi Secord, who will serve as the FSA state executive director for Pennsylvania, is a farmer-member of the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission. She was appointed to that role by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Attendance low for Pa. Farm Show’s in-person return, Ag Dept. says | Five for the Weekend

BY: - January 15, 2022

Attendance this year was low compared to pre-pandemic years, with vendors, competitors and guests alike, choosing to forgo the crowds, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

It’s Farm Show Week. Here’s a look, by the numbers | The Numbers Racket

BY: - January 10, 2022

With the theme “Harvesting More,” this year’s Farm Show aims to celebrate the contributions of Pennsylvania’s $132.5 billion agriculture and food industry. 

Banned: Callery Pear tree phased ban to begin next month

BY: - January 3, 2022

The offending tree, the Callery Pear or Bradford Pear, will join the list of Class B noxious weeds, and be banned from sale or cultivation in Pennsylvania beginning Feb. 9, according to the department. 

One more sleep: Pa. vet clears Santa’s reindeer for duty

BY: - December 23, 2021

Pennsylvania State Veterinarian Dr. Kevin Brightbill met with Santa and his nine reindeer at Hersheypark Christmas Candyland Thursday to give Santa's noble steeds a last-minute physical before they set out on their globe-trotting journey to deliver toys to children everywhere. 

More than 14k acres of Pa. farmland preserved in 2021 | Five for the Weekend

BY: - December 18, 2021

The 30 new farms preserved this week are located in Beaver, Berks, Blair, Cambria, Chester, Dauphin, Erie, Franklin, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Union, Westmoreland, and York counties.

Bill banking on Pa. organics has Dept. of Ag’s support

BY: - December 14, 2021

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Eddie Day Pashinksi, D-Luzerne, would allow the state to continue allocating budget dollars to the Department of Agriculture for the purpose of funding the program in areas such as promotion, marketing and financial assistance to farmers on a permanent basis.

In Cumberland Co., state and local officials ask Pennsylvanians to license dogs in 2022

BY: - December 14, 2021

CARLISLE, , Pa. — Officials from the state Department of Agriculture and Cumberland County spoke from the Cumberland County Courthouse Tuesday to remind Pennsylvanians to get their 2022 dog license before year’s end.  “It’s simple, if you love your dog, license your dog,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said. “The process is quick and easy to […]

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.