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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 […]

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. 

Facing grim climate projections, state officials call for multi-dimensional approach to addressing climate change

BY: and - May 9, 2021

The Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment is a report produced every three years by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as directed by the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act (Act 70) of 2008. 

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How big is Pa.’s agriculture industry? $132.5B big, new state report finds | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 29, 2021

The industry supports more than 590,000 jobs, and it pays nearly $33 billion in wages every year, according to the report.

State officials warn local law enforcement, shelters, will be affected by dog law funding deficit

BY: - April 24, 2021

In addition to the $1.2 million supplemental transfer of taxpayer funds to the bureau in the 2020-21 fiscal year, the department noted in a statement Thursday that taxpayers would continue to financially support the bureau’s efforts in more ways than one. 

A different kind of quarantine: state officials track spotted lanternflies in 8 more counties

BY: - March 10, 2021

The eight newly quarantined counties run from the state’s eastern border to its southwestern border and include Cambria, Cameron, Franklin, Lackawanna Montour, Pike, Wayne and Westmoreland counties. 

Pa. Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement ‘unable to fulfill its mission’ state officials say, citing lack of funding increases

BY: - February 25, 2021

During a briefing with reporters Wednesday, Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding repeated his August 2020 call for the Legislature to consider two bills that would end 24 years of idle funding by increasing dog license fees for an altered dog from $6.50 to $10 and lower the age of licensure from three months to eight weeks, the age at which many dogs move to their permanent homes. 

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Preserving Pa.’s farms | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 11, 2020

What you might not have known is that the Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Program has been in place since 1988, with its first preservation occurring a year later in 1989. 

Ag. Secretary Redding: Buying Pa. Preferred is an easy way to support Pa. farmers this Thanksgiving

BY: - November 24, 2020

In an effort to support Pennsylvania-based farmers this holiday season, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is asking shoppers to purchase “PA Preferred” products at their grocery stores.