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Among the seven ag bills the PA Senate passed this week are measures to create a tax credit for landowners who sell or lease to beginning farmers, clarify rules for preserved farms, and form a task force to examine the dairy industry’s struggles.

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In January, the Game Commission board granted preliminary approval to change the opening day of deer season from the first Monday after Thanksgiving to Saturday. The Monday after Thanksgiving had been the official opening day since 1963, and the board voted for the change hoping a Saturday start would attract new hunters to the sport.

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Pennsylvania’s top ag lawmakers like what they’ve seen of Gov. Tom Wolf’s $24 million plan for agriculture, but they’re eager for more specifics — and ideas to pay for the proposal.

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The U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected the president’s plan to scrap about $15 billion in spending that had already been allocated, including $857 million from USDA.

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Amid all of the talk in Washington about Russian interference in the last election, things appear to be heating up on tax and health care reform.