This past year saw new challenges cropping up for food councils across the country as they struggled to meet a growing demand.
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Addressing a group of his farming peers, Lonnie Kauffman spoke Wednesday, looking back on the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and remembering the first weeks at his Leacock Township farm market.
The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service will amend the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Order (Soybean Order) and the Beef Promotion and Research Order (Beef Order) to clarify that a producer can choose to redirect their checkoff assessments to the national program when allowed by state law.
Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order expanding the Governor’s Invasive Species Council to bring additional expertise and resources to bear in the battle against new invasive species.
Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding presided over the first meeting of the reconstituted Rural Development Council on behalf of Gov. Tom Wolf, who has re-established the council to give rural Pennsylvanians a louder voice in state government.
The Lancaster County Ag Council organized an educational event in downtown Lancaster as the kickoff for the county’s Ag Week.
State Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell told the Pennsylvania State Council of Farm Organizations on Monday that the state needs to focus its efforts on where it can get “the biggest bang for the buck” to meet its total maximum daily load for the Chesapeake Bay watershed.