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Friday, January 10, 2020

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Friday, January 10, 2020 The latest news from the State Capitol

Ag in Spotlight at Pennsylvania Farm Show

I enjoyed some time at the Pennsylvania Farm Show this week, talking with agriculture leaders from across the state and right in our own backyard.

On Tuesday, I stopped by the maple booth for a chat with Glenn Dunn Sr. of Sons of Dunn Family Farm in Potter County. He took a break from spinning maple cotton candy – a popular treat among kids and adults alike – to talk about his family business and his decades-old tradition of participating in the Farm Show.

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Another popular destination among Farm Show visitors is the wine tasting booth. That’s where I caught up with Rick Zampogna of Flickerwood Wine Cellars and talked about some of his most popular products and why he likes participating in the Farm Show.

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On Wednesday, I took part in the Public Officials Day luncheon at the Farm Show and listened as Dave Conklin of Kane shared the story of his Wilds Sonshine Factory, which will be the only distillery where the product is made entirely from the sunflower plant grown exclusively in the Pennsylvania Wilds. It was great to see this locally based and innovative idea featured at the luncheon, which is attended by hundreds of state and local officials. I am pictured here with Dave and Tosha Conklin and Kane Mayor Brandy Schimp.


Applications for 2020 Pennsylvania House Scholarship Available

High school seniors interested in receiving financial assistance to help pay for college can now apply for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ Scholarship.

Each year the program awards a four-year scholarship to two students preparing for post-secondary education. It is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student.

To qualify, students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school. Other factors taken into consideration for the awards are a student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need.

The scholarship program is administered through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities. The application is available through the foundation’s web site here.  The application deadline is March 1.

The scholarship is privately funded by individual and corporate donors; no tax or other public funds are used. Scholarships are awarded through an independent panel of judges chosen by the foundation.

Does Your Home Contain Radon?

An estimated 40% of Pennsylvania homes have higher levels of radon than national safety standards, due to the state’s geology. However, residents can perform a simple test to detect this gas, which is considered the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas that occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks and enters homes through cracks in the foundation or other openings. High levels of radon tend to be found in basements, but the gas can be found anywhere in the home.

Winter is a good time to test for radon, because doors and windows are generally closed, providing more accurate results. Simple radon test kits are inexpensive and available at home improvement and hardware stores.

January is national Radon Action Month. For more information on radon, click here.

2020 Hemp Program Accepting Applications from Growers, Processors

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s 2020 hemp program is now accepting applications from both commercial growers and processors.

The 2020 application period is open through April 1. This year, both growers and processors of hemp are required to apply. The permitting of processors is new for the 2020 program. Each individual property will require its own permit and application. A permit costs $150.

It is the second year for the program, with farmers planting just over 4,000 acres of hemp across 55 counties in 2019.

Hemp was grown in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States until after World War II but became regulated along with marijuana and its cultivation was prohibited. Unlike marijuana, hemp is also grown for fiber and seed, in addition to floral extracts, and must maintain a much lower concentration of the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, below the 0.3% legal threshold.
For more information on Pennsylvania’s hemp program, click here. 
A Chat with Ag Secretary Russell Redding

The past year has been a busy one for lawmakers working on a variety of policies to support our agriculture industry. At the Farm Show this week, I sat down to talk with state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding about some of these accomplishments, as well as issues that we are currently working to address.

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Ag Advocacy Groups Outline Priorities to Committee

Finally, as chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, I hosted a meeting at the Farm Show where leaders of some of the state’s agriculture advocacy organizations shared their priorities and concerns.

Among the leaders appearing before the committee were Rick Ebert, president of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau; Wayne Campbell, president of the Pennsylvania State Grange; Hannah Smith-Brubaker, executive director of the PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture; Heidi Secord, president of the PA Farmers Union; and Christian Herr, executive vice president of PennAg Industries Association.

To read more about the issues addressed at the meeting, click here.

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