About PennAg
PennAg Industries Association is the premier agribusiness association in Pennsylvania. PennAg is a full-time, full-service membership association representing Pennsylvania agribusinesses of all sizes and types that support and serve the entire food chain. PennAg advocates for you in government, public and media affairs. PennAg is your voice.

A full-time staff, headquartered in Harrisburg, provides support to your business at all times.
 
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The team at PennAg is closely monitoring the continuous developments surrounding COVID-19 and its potential spread and impact to the industry. As such, we continue to work closely with local, state and federal experts, to ensure our members have all the necessary information as it becomes available. Through it all, our top priority is the health and well-being of our members and the continuity of your agribusinesses.

 

Regardless of circumstance, make no mistake – we’re still hard at work on your behalf. We live in a very connected world. While there may, at times, be a slight delay in our response during these challenging days ahead, you can expect to not see any disruption in service and support from PennAg otherwise. All PennAg staff will remain available to you via phone and email for assistance. Click here for more details and resources in regards to COVID-19.


PennAg Scholarship Application Period Now CLOSED
PennAg is proud to once again sponsor scholarships through the PennAg Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded to students of PennAg member families. In 2019, we were able to award 7 scholarships worth $11,000. Congratulations and best wishes to all!

We believe building relationships and connecting with the youth of our industry is imperative to the growth and success of the agriculture community. In an effort to ensure the PennAg Scholarship Fund is assisting in the growth and development of the future of the agriculture industry in and around Pennsylvania, eligible applicants must be enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution, trade, or technical schooling program (2 year minimum) with a focus on agriculture and work for a PennAg member or be a child of a PennAg member.

Thank you to all who have submitted applications for 2020. Our committee is working to review the applications and will be in contact with students in the near future. 


Launch of Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence

On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Chris Herr, executive vice president of PennAg Industries, visited a Heritage Poultry Management organic egg farm in Lebanon County to discuss how their new partnership through the PA Farm Bill’s Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence will assist swine, poultry, and small ruminant producers with everything from expanding processing capacity to biosecurity planning.


“In this ever-changing industry, we’re working to prepare today’s producers for tomorrow’s challenges with a unique variety of essential resources available through this center,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “This partnership opens the door to a stronger animal ag sector in Pennsylvania and a future of opportunity.”

Earlier this year, Governor Tom Wolf signed the first-ever Pennsylvania Farm Bill and funded the Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence at $1 million. A board of directors – representative of the swine, poultry, and small ruminant sectors as well as a diverse group of agriculture, animal health, and academic stakeholders – will guide the center to ensure the mission set forth by the PA Department of Agriculture is fulfilled.


The center will provide the following resources and investments to the industry:

  • Biosecurity education and planning assistance;

  • Biosecurity implementation grants;

  • Regional workshops for strategic and emergency communications planning;

  • Build-out of statewide animal agriculture infrastructure;

  • Research to approve hemp for animal feed; and

  • Investments in improved food safety infrastructure.

“PennAg is pleased that the Pennsylvania Farm Bill’s Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence calls attention to the continued growth, challenges, and importance of the livestock industry in the commonwealth,” said PennAg Executive Vice President Chris Herr. “We’re eager to assist in driving the growing poultry and swine industries forward through this new Center, as both play a vital role to Pennsylvania agriculture."

The PA Farm Bill is Governor Wolf’s $23.1 million investment in Pennsylvania agriculture to grow opportunities and resources, remove barriers to entry, and inspire future generations of leaders within agriculture.

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Poultry Health Updates
Visit the PennAg Poultry Council page for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, Coryza and VLT information and updates.
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PennAg APC/Seed Council Winter Meeting - Thursday, November 12 (Virtual Meeting)
The PennAg APC/Seed Council winter meeting will take place VIRTUALLY on Thursday, November 12, with four separate Zoom sessions including the APC and Seed business meetings, and morning and afternoon sessions. Topics to be discussed include tariffs and effects on commodities, a 2,4-D Task Force update, and regulatory updates from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture as well as the American Seed Trade Association.

 

A highlight of the day will also be a discussion on the relevance of dicamba in today’s world by Kimberly O’Brien from Bayer Crop Science, which will count for pesticide education credits.

Click here to register for the 2020 APC/Seed Winter Meeting! Once your registration is received in the office, you will receive an email with the schedule and all the important Zoom information and links. 


PennAg Meat and Egg Meeting / Big Buck Contest - Tuesday, December 8

Despite COVID-19 restrictions playing into meetings and events all year, we will be moving forward with an in-person Meat and Egg Meeting on December 8, 2020 at Shady Maple Smorgasbord in East Earl, PA. Register now for a full day’s schedule including an update on the NFWF grant, a workshop on agribusiness succession planning, a presentation by the One Wish Foundation and the 21st Annual Big Buck Contest!

Cost is minimal - at only $25 a person - to participate in a great meeting and enjoy the famous smorgasbord meal. Register through CVENT here or mail in your registration using this flyer – which also features the day’s schedule! 
 
Events

November 12

PennAg APC/Seed Council Winter Meeting

(via Zoom)

December 4

PennAg FGAI Council Meeting

9 a.m.

(PennAg Office)

December 8

PennAg Poultry Council Executive Committee Meeting

8 a.m.

(Shady Maple, East Earl)

December 8

PennAg Meat & Egg Meeting

10 a.m.

(Shady Maple, East Earl)


December 8

PennAg Big Buck Contest

2 p.m.

(Shady Maple, East Earl)


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