Pa. broadband authority presents plan to improve high-speed internet access, infrastructure

BY: - November 30, 2022

The plan noted that approximately “2.6 million Pennsylvania residents in 1.3 million, or 26 percent of households—including 25 percent of Latino and 35 percent of Black American Households —either do not have access to or have not adopted high-speed broadband or may lack the skills to effectively use it.”

Ag Secretary Redding: Shop local, support Pa. agriculture this Thanksgiving

BY: - November 23, 2022

Redding also recognized the farmers and agriculture workers who put food on the tables of Pennsylvanians, and who make the commonwealth’s $132 billion agriculture industry tick. 

A farm in Highland County. (Sarah Vogelsong/ For the Virginia Mercury)

Report: Agricultural investments for Chesapeake Bay cleanup spur economy

BY: - November 2, 2022

For every dollar spent on farmers’ best management practices, $1.75 is returned via higher sales of goods and services as well as earnings.

Clash over climate change funding emerging in farm bill debate on Capitol Hill

BY: - September 22, 2022

Republicans cast climate priorities as deference to ‘new world religion.’

Wolf admin announces $10K grants for farmer-veteran startups | Five for the Weekend

BY: - September 10, 2022

The $200K in funding for the program comes from the Pa. Farm Bill. 

State officials encourage Pennsylvanians to buy local produce this fall | Five for the Weekend

BY: - August 27, 2022

Speaking from Harvest Valley Farms, a fourth-generation vegetable farm and on-farm market in Gibsonia, Allegheny County on Thursday, Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding encouraged Pennsylvanians to buy local and support local farmers this fall.

Farmers, business owners discuss rising food production costs, inflation in Lancaster Co.

BY: - August 24, 2022

To combat the rising costs, Smucker said his business has had to get creative and find ways to be more efficient, including by decreasing company waste and researching market pricing. 

Pa. snags $7.85M from feds to help farmers fight climate change | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - August 23, 2022

'Climate change is presenting serious challenges to the farmers who feed us and feed our economy,' Ag. Secretary Russell Redding said.

Federal regulators say poultry producers are disadvantaged by the consolidation of meat processing. (Photo by Stephen Ausmus/Agricultural Research Service, USDA)

State attorneys general, including Pa., support new poultry rule but question oversight

BY: - August 10, 2022

The attorneys general of 10 states are backing a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is meant to get poultry growers fair agreements with meat processors, but they want stronger oversight.

Wolf admin. touts $13M in tax credits available to Pa. farmers | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - August 1, 2022

The credits can be used to offset the costs of sustainability and conservation projects such as no-till planting and precision ag equipment, waste storage facilities, conservation plans, and Nutrient Management Plans.

New state budget fully funds Pa. farm bill for a fourth time

BY: - July 14, 2022

The budget, which was signed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf last Friday, allocates $13.6 million for the 2022-23 fiscal year to the comprehensive set of programs known as the Pennsylvania Farm Bill.

Pa. ranks 2nd among states for direct-to-consumer sales | Five for the Weekend

BY: - May 21, 2022

The USDA found that 6,200 Pennsylvania farms produce and sell food locally through direct marketing, which generated $600 million in revenue in 2020.