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Which states will join the new summer meal program for low-income kids? Here’s the list.

BY: - January 10, 2024

Low-income families will now receive $40 each month for each eligible school-aged child, up to $120, to buy groceries beginning in the summer of 2024.

Young Asian mother feeding baby girl with bottle on sofa. Feeding expressing milk.

Children’s nutrition program, revved up in the pandemic, faces severe cuts

BY: - January 10, 2024

Some Republican lawmakers argue that because the extra federal money during the pandemic was meant to cover the emergency, spending on WIC should return to earlier levels.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is back. Here’s what to know before you go

BY: - January 3, 2024

The Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural expo in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 12,000-plus competitive events, and around 250 commercial and educational exhibits. 

Santa’s reindeer cleared for Christmas travel

BY: - December 20, 2023

Shapiro, who is celebrating his first holiday season as governor, said being present for the reindeer’s vet visit on Wednesday is one of the “coolest” parts of the job, adding that introducing Santa Claus to reporters “may be the highest honor I've ever had in my career as a public servant.”

Millions in Congressional funds in jeopardy for Pennsylvania farmers, report finds

BY: - December 9, 2023

Pennsylvania farmers could stand to lose $256 million if Republicans get their way and funding for the programs are eliminated by Congress, according to the report. 

Shapiro signs bill to make Pa. Preferred Organic label permanent

BY: - November 1, 2023

Established in 2019 as part of the Pennsylvania Farm Bill, the PA Preferred Organic Program was part of efforts to help Pennsylvania farmers increase and diversify their income.

Buying the farm: Pa. lawmakers concerned about foreign ownership of agricultural land

BY: - October 28, 2023

When a Chinese food manufacturer bought 300 acres of farmland in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 2022 it set off a wave of concern among lawmakers, farmers, and other stakeholders, who called the operation, approximately 20 minutes from Grand Forks Air Force Base, a national security risk. Since then, concern has continued to grow about the impact of foreign-owned farms and farmland across the United States, including in Pennsylvania. 

‘Overburdened and underfunded’: Shapiro signs bill to save Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement

BY: - October 23, 2023

Gov. Josh Shapiro signed the Dog Law Modernization Act into law on Monday, gradually increasing the cost of a dog license from $5 to $7 in its first year. The fee will increase another $2 in the second year to a total of $9, with a final increase of $1 in 2027 regardless of the animal’s spay or neuter status. 

Dog Law Modernization bill unanimously passes Senate Agriculture Committee

BY: - June 6, 2023

After years of advocating for legislative reform for Pennsylvania’s dog licensing system, the state Department of Agriculture said it is ready to see dog law modernization efforts finally pass the Legislature. 

Pa. food policy council aims to improve food security, accessibility

BY: - June 1, 2023

The Pennsylvania Food Policy Council was created by an executive order from former Gov. Tom Wolf in December 2022 in the wake of soaring food prices and the dissolution of pandemic-era nutrition programs.

Ag. Sec Russell Redding confirmed by state Senate

BY: - May 10, 2023

Redding, whose nomination moved through the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on Tuesday with a “favorable nomination,” previously led the state Department of Agriculture under the Wolf and Rendell administrations. 

Ag Sec. Russell Redding’s nomination approved by state Senate committee

BY: - May 9, 2023

Under his eight-year tenure with the Wolf administration, Redding 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.