Shapiro, Redding discuss the future of Pa. agriculture under new administration at 2023 Farm Show

BY: - January 11, 2023

The luncheon, which took place in the Banquet Hall of the bustling Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, featured several speakers, including state Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, Democratic Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro, and Penn State University President Dr. Neeli Bendapudi. 

Redding unveils 2023 Farm Show butter sculpture | Five for the Weekend

BY: - January 7, 2023

The sculpture, a Farm Show tradition that celebrates the commonwealth's dairy farmers, is carved from 1,000 pounds of butter, showcasing this year's theme: "Rooted in Progress."

Ag Sec Redding looks back on eight years of progress and challenges as Wolf admin winds down

BY: - December 26, 2022

Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding has served the commonwealth under the Wolf administration for the last eight years.  In that time, Redding, of Adams County, led efforts to create the first-ever state Farm Bill, bolster Pennsylvania’s agricultural workforce, support the mental health of farmers and agricultural producers, incorporate sustainable practices at farms across the commonwealth, make Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement self-sustaining, and to address food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

State veterinary officials clear Santa’s reindeer for flight

BY: - December 21, 2022

Dr. Kevin Brightbill, Pennsylvania’s state veterinarian, and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said that they had received a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection from the North Pole, reporting that the reindeer are “physically fit for air travel” ahead of their 41-million-mile trip to deliver approximately 111 million presents all across the world. 

Pa. farmers, producers urged to participate in USDA Census of Agriculture | Five for the Weekend

BY: - December 17, 2022

Happy weekend, all.  State officials are urging farmers and agricultural producers across the commonwealth to participate in the 2022 Census of Agriculture from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The Census of Agriculture is conducted nationally every five years to gather data to “help give an accurate picture of agricultural production in every U.S. county, inform food and agriculture policies […]

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. 

‘Rooted in progress’: State officials announce 2023 Farm Show theme | Five for the Weekend

BY: - October 1, 2022

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said the theme for the 107th Pennsylvania Farm Show, which will be held at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg from Jan. 7-14, will be "Rooted in Progress."

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.

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.

Proposal to ‘modernize’ Pa. dog law, increase fees, gains support from Ag officials, advocates

BY: - June 3, 2022

State Sen. Elder Vogel, R-Beaver, who chairs the Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, said Thursday that his bill will “modernize” Pennsylvania’s dog law and “ensure it is being executed as it was intended.”

Lancaster Co. agricultural conservation project ‘unique’ in its approach to meet Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction goals

BY: - April 14, 2022

Utilizing the state Conservation Excellence Grant, a part of the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Bill designed to support farmers developing on-farm conservation practices, the partnering organizations said they have been able to provide local farmers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed with educational, financial and technical support for conservation best practices. 

‘It’s an ‘and’ discussion’: Agriculture boss Redding seeks compromise at budget hearing

BY: - March 3, 2022

Reflecting on the Department of Agriculture’s appearance before the committee with the Capital-Star, Redding said he was trying to move people away from a “one-dimensional” concept of agriculture.