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Learn IRA Basics, new 2020 rules for IRAs, and answers to frequently asked IRA questions at JAVA with JVB, on Tuesday, February 25, at 12:15 pm, at the JVB Coudersport office on East Second Street. Light refreshments will be served along with Java, of course! See you there!

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Learn IRA Basics, new 2020 rules for IRAs, and answers to frequently asked IRA questions at JAVA with JVB, on Tuesday, February 25, at 12:15 pm, at the JVB Coudersport office on East Second Street. Light refreshments will be served along with Java, of course! See you there!

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer



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Friday, April 27, 2018 The latest news from the State Capitol
                          
Exploring PA Agriculture

The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, which I chair, had the opportunity to visit several agriculture operations in Chester County this week. We started with a visit to Longwood Gardens, one of the nation’s premier horticultural display gardens, where we got a behind-the-scenes look at their cultivation, research and conservation activities.

                                   
We visited PennVet’s New Bolton Center, which is world-renowned for its large animal hospital and research centers. The hospital treats nearly 5,000 patients per year, providing round-the-clock emergency and critical care, as well as field service for clients in a 30-mile radius of the campus in Kennett Square. We learned a lot about how the hospital handles surgery on horses, testing of race horses, research related to swine, and more.

                                   
Phillips Mushroom Farms was next on the agenda, where we saw a grow house for button mushrooms (and learned they double in size every 24 hours!) as well as how a number of specialty mushrooms – including shiitake and oyster – are grown. Phillips is located in Kennett Square, which is known as the Mushroom Capital of the World. About half of all mushrooms grown in the United States are grown in Pennsylvania, and about half of the mushrooms grown in Pennsylvania are grown in Chester County.

                                   
Our final stops were at Herr’s Angus Farm and the Herr’s most people are familiar with – the potato chip and snack factory. At the farm we learned about the work that goes into raising Angus cattle and were surprised to see huge piles of potato chips in the barns, which are ground up and used to supplement the cattle’s regular feed. The chip factory, which is just a short distance up the road, sends any chips that fall on the floor or are otherwise rejected to the farm for its use.

We were treated to the factory tour at Herr’s and met with Ed Herr, president of Herr Foods Inc., to talk about the agriculture commodities, such as potatoes and corn that go into their products. A family-owned business, Herr’s products are distributed in 49 countries around the world and throughout the eastern seaboard. And their products go far beyond potato chips to include various flavors of popcorn, tortilla chips, pretzels and more.

Pennsylvania is blessed with an outstanding agriculture industry and hard-working people that help feed us, care for our livestock and, in the case of Longwood Gardens, give us the opportunity to truly appreciate nature’s beauty.
                
         
Outreach Hours Set for May 3

To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, May 3:
  • Emporium Borough Office – 9-10 a.m.
  • Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon.
Services available include assistance with any state-related issues or concerns, driver license and vehicle registration applications, and applications for various state programs, such as the senior citizen Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE/PACENET prescription drug assistance programs.

As always, you are welcome to stop by my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor), Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1) or Kane (55 Fraley St.) Monday through Friday, or visit my website at RepCauser.com or my Facebook page at Facebook.com/RepCauser for the latest news from state government.
                  

Veterans Assistance Available

Veterans service officers will be available in my Kane and Coudersport offices in May to assist veterans and their family members with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. The schedule is as follows:
  • Thursday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Dan Falls of the American Legion will be at the Coudersport office, 107 S. Main St. Appointments are required and should be made by calling 814-274-9769.
  • Monday, May 7, 1:30-3 p.m. – Melissa Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be at the Kane office, 55 Fraley St. No appointments are necessary.
Veterans need not be a member of either service organization to receive assistance.

Service hours at the Bradford office are canceled this month due to scheduling issues.

         
‘The Wall That Heals’ to be Displayed at State Capitol May 9-13

“The Wall That Heals,” a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and an accompanying mobile Education Center, will be displayed on the State Capitol Grounds Wednesday, May 9, through Sunday, May 13.

The display will begin with an opening ceremony at 7 p.m. on May 9, and closing at 2 p.m. on May 13. The display will be open 24 hours each day, and admission is free.

Constructed of powder-coated aluminum, the wall features 24 individual panels bearing the names of more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. Since many Americans have not been able to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), creators of both the original wall and the replica, want to give all citizens, veterans and their family members an opportunity to see the memorial.

Additional information about the mobile replica can be found at www.thewallthatheals.org. For more information about the Capitol event, or to volunteer to watch over the wall while it’s on the Capitol grounds, please visit www.legis.state.pa.us/TWTH.
                  
         
High Tunnel Farm Structure Exemption Signed into Law

As a way to help farmers struggling through recent agriculture challenges, legislation was signed into law last week as Act 15 of 2018 to waive storm water management plans for high tunnel structures, which are temporary buildings often used to raise produce through the early spring and late into the fall.

The legislation was needed to clarify storm water requirements put in place by the Department of Environmental Protection in 2016, which required them for these temporary structures. In many instances, the cost of a storm water engineering plan and executing that plan is more expensive than the high tunnel itself.

The use of high tunnel structures is not limited to professional agriculture. They are also being used in suburbs – on empty lots and even on rooftops – to raise fresh food in decent quantities in an urban setting where larger crop plantings would otherwise be difficult.

The new law takes effect early this summer.

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