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Pa. one of three states piloting a mental health helpline for farmers, agriculture producers

BY: - February 11, 2022

Speaking to reporters Friday, Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and state Sen. Elder Vogel, R-Beaver, who chairs the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, announced the availability of a new pilot mental health helpline, known as the AgriStress HelpLine, for those in the commonwealth’s agriculture industry. 

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.

Pa. business receives more than $103K from USDA Rural Energy program | Five for the Weekend

BY: - December 4, 2021

The grant, is part of a $633 million investment by the USDA to "reduce the impacts of climate change on rural communities," according to a statement from the department. 

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Feds issue year-long extension of free food for school students

BY: - April 22, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week issued a year-long extension of a waiver program that lets schools send free food home with students. Originally set to expire this September, the program will now be in effect through June 2022.