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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. 

‘The best way to protect your dog is with a license’: Ag Sect’y Redding says

BY: - February 19, 2022

When you think February, you think "dog licenses," right?

Dept. of Ag: Thousand Cankers Quarantine lifted after 8 yrs.

BY: - January 21, 2022

The disease, called Thousand Cankers, is caused by a fungus carried by Walnut Twig Beetles. When Walnut Twig Beetles burrow into the bark of walnut trees, it causes cankers to form that affects the distribution of nutrients and water throughout the tree, resulting in limb loss and eventually death. 

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.

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Visiting the Pa. Farm Show? Consider COVID risk, Pa. Ag. Sect’y says | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 4, 2022

'For individuals who are concerned about their personal health or have family members or colleagues who are particularly vulnerable, this is not the year to attend,' Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said during a Monday briefing.

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. 

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 […]

Dog law Senate bill ‘unlikely’ to move forward, aide to top Pa. senator says

BY: - October 2, 2021

Despite a funding deficit more than two decades in the making, a bill to increase dog license fees and boost funding for Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, likely won’t see a vote this session.  Legislation (SB 232) sponsored by state Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Berks, in February, is unlikely to see a vote in the […]

‘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