Philip Gruber

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Phil Gruber is the news editor at Lancaster Farming. He can be reached at (717) 721-4427 or pgruber@lancasterfarming.com. Follow him @PhilLancFarming on Twitter.

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Chloe Plesic has always liked rabbits, and this year at the Pennsylvania Farm Show the Adams County 4-H’er won best in show for the Californian breed, and she took best in breed for both the Californian and Mini Lop breeds.

Reducing the regulatory burden on agritourism will be a top lobbying priority for Pennsylvania’s agriculture organizations this year. Leaders from five ag groups spoke at a House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Rep. Mark Keller, a member of the Pennsylvania House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, will retire when his term expires at the end of 2020.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show that opens this weekend might not look much different to visitors, but the state’s top agricultural showcase is in a much better financial situation than it was a year ago.

For many farmers, the best that can be said of 2019 is that it wasn’t as bad as last year. Dairy prices inched away from the abyss, trade wars creaked toward detente, and the monsoon of 2018 gave way to more average weather — but not before delaying or preventing planting on millions of acres nationwide.

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