Got milk? Pennsylvania lawmakers show support for dairy industry

Got milk? Pennsylvania lawmakers show support for dairy industry

From the committee room to the Rotunda steps, state lawmakers and members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation joined on Tuesday to show their clear and utter support for the state’s dairy industry. 

Members of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee — with bottles of milk in hand — unanimously approved two resolutions in support of dairy milk, one that supports the addition of whole milk to school lunch menus and another that urges US Congress to specifically define the word “milk” as a product from dairy cows.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Senators cheer passage of 'Farming First' package, even as agencies express concerns about two bills

Senators cheer passage of 'Farming First' package, even as agencies express concerns about two bills

Senators cheered Wednesday the passage of a series of bills designed to boost Pennsylvania’s farming community, even as Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration has expressed opposition to two of the key measures.

The “Farming First” package cleared the Senate earlier this week, part of what Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) called a necessary way to help the state’s largest industry during a turbulent time.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Did You Get The Memo? Business growth, lottery winners and charter school programs

Did You Get The Memo? Business growth, lottery winners and charter school programs

It was a slow week in Harrisburg, with lawmakers returning to their districts prior to next week’s session. But just because state legislators weren’t in the Capitol doesn’t mean they weren’t busy introducing new legislation. This week there were a number of new proposals introduced as co-sponsorship memos, detailing upcoming bills in the state legislature. 

If you missed this week’s new co-sponsorship memos, continue reading to learn about the many ideas lawmakers have for Pennsylvania and to keep track of what proposals could become law.
Friday, April 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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4 developments to watch in Pennsylvania agriculture

4 developments to watch in Pennsylvania agriculture

Growing Pennsylvania’s agricultural sector is an objective that has received bipartisan support in Harrisburg in recent weeks, as both Republicans and Democrats have underscored the importance of addressing and adapting to new trends in farming. 
 

Tuesday’s House Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture gave lawmakers the opportunity to gauge department secretary Russell Redding on the state of Pennsylvania’s largest industry, as well as a forum to seek solutions to obstacles the department — and Pennsylvania’s farmers — are facing.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Governor’s farm bill prompts discussion about what is best for Pa. agriculture

Governor’s farm bill prompts discussion about what is best for Pa. agriculture

In early February, Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled a $24 million funding proposal designed to boost the agriculture industry in Pennsylvania. The move was applauded by both sides of the aisle, as it signaled the governor’s commitment to giving Pennsylvania farmers some assistance at a time when certain areas of the industry are in trouble. 

Wolf’s Pennsylvania Farm Bill would establish a $2 million Pennsylvania Agricultural Business Development Center that would work as a resource for farmers to create business, transition, or succession plans for their farms. The bill also proposes $5 million for the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program to fund research and development, assistance in transitioning to organic products, and aid in processing and marketing. 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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