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As Pennsylvania works to mitigate the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus, the Wolf Administration has made it a priority to address food insecurity in the commonwealth by protecting our local supply chain, advocating for necessary waivers and resources, and ensuring equal access to healthy food for all.

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Dozens of farmers panned an order that went into effect this week requiring workers at Pennsylvania’s life-sustaining businesses to wear masks on the job to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

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Dairy Farmers of America is implementing a base excess program that could prompt Northeastern farmers to cut production. Starting in May, the co-op will only pay full value for 85% of the volume of milk that farmers produced in March.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has reported the first confirmed spotted lanternfly hatch of the year. The first-instar nymph was located by a USDA employee Monday in the University City section of western Philadelphia, near the University of Pennsylvania/Drexel University.

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Fair organizers across the Northeast are facing tough choices about whether to hold their signature events this summer. Large gatherings have been disallowed for a month or more, and it’s anyone’s guess if those rules will be lifted by the time individual fairs had hoped to hand out their blue ribbons.