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Friday, October 17, 2014

Pennsylvania became the first state to safeguard 500,000th acre of farmland

Message from George Greig
Secretary of Agriculture

Yesterday we celebrated a milestone for our country, when we became the first state to safeguard our 500,000th acre of farmland. Gov. Corbett joined me for the ceremony at Flinchbaugh’s Orchard and Farm Market outside Hellam, York Co., where he also proclaimed Oct. 16, 2015, as Farmland Preservation Day in PA. Past PA Ag Secretary Boyd Wolff, who championed the program’s creation in 1988, was on hand, too. It was a time for us to reflect on the work that brought us here, celebrate the significance of the half-million acre mark, and look forward to the future of farmland preservation in PA. 

The success of our program, the model for preservation across the United States, comes only through the work of many hands, from farmers to program administrators to all Pennsylvanians who three times went to the ballot box to approve statewide bond initiatives to give extra funding for protecting farmland. Pennsylvanians are generous people. Yesterday we gave another gift to our children, and their children, and their children’s children, and to people around the world. We give them the gift of land that will always produce crops – the land that ensures PA will always stay green and growing.

Remembering a Man Who Bettered PA Agriculture
Gov. Tom Corbett ordered all PA flags to fly at half-staff until Monday at sunset in honor of York Co. Senator and former Farm Show Exec. Director Mike Waugh. The former senator died on Wed., Oct. 8 at his farm. His life will be celebrated at a public memorial service on Monday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. in the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center's Equine Arena. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to his favorite ag foundations.

Comment Deadline for WOTUS Quickly Approaching
This week PDA participated in a roundtable with ag groups and local gov't orgs on the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Waters of the U.S. proposed rule. Sen. Pat Toomey and Congressman Scott Perry led the discussion. PDA called for the EPA to withdraw the proposed rule and consult with state and local gov'ts. More than 400,000 comments have been submitted to date. Comment deadline is Nov. 14.

Erie Co. Students Learn First Hand about Ag
Sec. Greig talked with Wayne Elementary School students this morning in Erie, Erie Co., sharing the importance of eating local, fresh foods for snacks and meals. He and local farmers taught the students about the important role ag plays in building stronger communities.

Top Horsemen Trot Out Best Skills at Penn Nat'l Show
Over the last week and a half, top equine riders came to the Farm Show Complex to compete in
the PA Nat'l Horse Show. Horses and riders of Olympic caliber from across the nation have entered the arenas of the complex to strive for top titles and honors.

Did You Know?
PA's apple crop is estimated at 11.2 million bushels this year which would be enough for every person today in the U.S. to have an apple a day for two years. Remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

good government now stop raping the farmer milk is twice as much in pa than ny