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Saturday, November 2, 2013

PDA News

Nov. 1, 2013
Message from George Greig
Secretary of Agriculture
It takes an early start and the best care along the way to ensure next year’s crop is successful. Farmers know the next generation isn’t ready overnight. A decade of being involved with FFA, helped give me the skills to become a successful farmer, as it has prepared many others. The National FFA Organization, as it is now known, develops future leaders, who most often take roles in the ag industry. More than 55,000 of those future leaders are gathering in Louisville, Ky, this weekend for the National FFA Convention. Nearly 1,000 of them will be from PA. I’m proud of them, especially PDA’s  Dep. Sec. Mathew Meals, who received his honorary American FFA Degree this morning on the national stage. Everyone gathered shares a passion for the ag industry, shaped throughout their FFA careers. Like the FFA motto reads in part, they’ve learned to do and are living to serve. They are ag’s next generation, raised with care and nearly ready to take the reins of our industry. As PDA is preserving farmland, transitioning farms and  helping producers access operating capital, FFA and others are providing our industry with young leaders who are ready to tackle the challenges of tomorrow. We’re in good hands.

DLEO Enforcing Law, Protecting Man's Best Friend
PDA's Dog Law Enforcement Office is aggressively enforcing PA's dog laws and protecting the well-being of dogs and puppies across the state. Kennel inspections, sales of licenses and issuance of citations and misdemeanors have increased over 2012 figures. Exec. Dep. Sec. Michael Pechart presented the figures as part of the Dog Law Advisory Board meeting Wednesday.
Largest Harness Horse Auction Returns to Farm Show
Buyers from across the nation and world return to Harrisburg next week for the annual Standardbred Horse Sale, which sells about $50 million in top-quality harness horses each year. More than 2,000 top-quality harness horses are up for bid Monday through Saturday at the Farm Show Complex. Last week’s Breeders Crown Championships, held at Pocono Downs, demonstrated the quality of PA genetics that will sell next week, as seven out of 12 race winners were PA-sired.

FDA Releases Proposed FSMA Animal Feed Rules
A new FDA rule lists regulations that will impact the animal feed industry through the Food Safety Modernization Act. Titled Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals, the rule will require some manufacturers to have written plans to monitor procedures that minimize feed risks.

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