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Friday, November 22, 2013

Pennsylvania Agriculture News

Nov. 22, 2013
Message from George Greig
Secretary of Agriculture
My number one goal when I became Secretary in Feb. 2011 was to make it easier to be in the business of ag. It remains my top priority nearly three years later. Holding true, last week PDA submitted comments to the FDA on two rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act for produce and preventative controls. These rules are part of the most sweeping food policy reform in 70 years and govern produce safety, preventive controls, animal feed, import and third-party verification of inspections. While we need reforms to keep consumers safe, parts of these rules don’t reflect the realities of food production and could force small growers out of business. We held listening sessions and meetings with PA’s ag industry, compiled all the concerns into two detailed documents and sent them to the FDA. You’re being heard on the federal level, and I thank you for your input. My staff and I will continue to work with our contacts in Washington to ensure the final rule is workable for PA ag.
 
PA Hunters Reminded to Share Their Harvest
PA hunters can share extra venison with Pennsylvanians in need through Hunters Sharing the Harvest. Sec. Greig will join representatives of the venison donation organization in Cumberland Co. next week to raise awareness about donation opportunities at participating deer processors and food banks across the state. Last year hunters donated enough meat for 200,000 meals.
 
PA Farm Bureau Members Meet in Hershey
PA Farm Bureau members from across the state gathered for their annual meeting to develop policies, recognize achievement and elect officers. Sec. Greig addressed the group on Tuesday, providing an update on ag transportation issues and thanking the group for their work on behalf of PA's farmers.
 
Dog Wardens Recognized for Outstanding Achievement
Thirty-two PA dog wardens and one supervisor were recognized by Sec. Greig Wednesday for outstanding achievement in dog license sales. Region 1, led by supervisor Brad Shields, saw the largest increase in license sales with an average increase of 11% over target. Erie Co. Dog Warden Brian Froess led the region with a 77% increase over target. Dog licenses for 2014 are available on Dec. 2 from your local treasurer. Visit licenseyourdogPA.com.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I hope they start helping the dairy farmers. All we ask is for a fair price to help pay our bills. We don't expect to get rich.