farming-issues

Pennsylvania House lawmakers propose safeguards against foreign threats to farmland, infrastructure

BY: - January 25, 2024

The memo cites the November cyber attack on a water treatment plant in Aliquippa, Beaver County and the purchase by a Chinese-linked security firm of 370 acres of farmland near a military base in North Dakota. 

USDA promotes rural energy investments in Pennsylvania

BY: - November 2, 2023

SINKING SPRING, Pa.  – To promote President Joe Biden’s “Investing in Rural America” event series, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made two visits in the Keystone State on Thursday, touting the latest round of grants in Pennsylvania.  The USDA formally announced an additional $3.6 million in grants to help 30 agricultural producers and small […]

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. 

Pennsylvania’s Painterland Sisters are farming with the future in mind

BY: - August 15, 2023

The urge to sustain the family business and bring stability to the operation led the sisters to ask: “How do we keep it sustainable and stable for our family?” That question led the sisters to launch an organic yogurt company in March 2022, marking the transition to the family’s fourth generation of farmers. 

Pa. lawmaker to introduce bill to incentivize farmers to adopt agroforestry practices

BY: - February 17, 2023

State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Philadelphia, said he plans to reintroduce a bill that would offer incentives to farmers who incorporate agroforestry, a land use management system that incorporates trees and shrubs growing on or near crops to lessen the environmental impact of mass agriculture. into their farming practices. 

Farmers, business owners discuss rising food production costs, inflation in Lancaster Co.

BY: - August 24, 2022

To combat the rising costs, Smucker said his business has had to get creative and find ways to be more efficient, including by decreasing company waste and researching market pricing. 

Bill banking on Pa. organics has Dept. of Ag’s support

BY: - December 14, 2021

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Eddie Day Pashinksi, D-Luzerne, would allow the state to continue allocating budget dollars to the Department of Agriculture for the purpose of funding the program in areas such as promotion, marketing and financial assistance to farmers on a permanent basis.

While the state farm bill is a start, Pennsylvania’s agriculture leaders see further reforms

BY: - January 8, 2020

At a House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday, lawmakers heard more potential small fixes to aid farmers, big issues that needed some action, and hope that the PA Farm Bill was taking root.

COMMENTARY

Ag Secretary Perdue to small farmers: Stop whining, your demise is inevitable | Opinion

BY: - October 4, 2019

The Trump White House's contempt for rural Americans, who helped them win the White House in 2016, could not be more on display.