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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PennAg Scholarship Application Period Now Open
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.

Click here to download a 2020 PennAg Scholarship Application. 


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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Agricultural Planning Reimbursement Program Extended
The Agricultural Planning Reimbursement Program has been extended for a third year! This program is open to all agricultural operators/landowners in Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay watershed. Through this program, folks can be reimbursed for fees they’ve paid to consultants to create manure management plans, nutrient management plans and agricultural erosion and sediment control plans. Reimbursement funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Information is available on DEP’s website.

 

Visit the below links for additional information:

·     cover sheet (explaining the program) and landowner registration form

·     reimbursement form template

·     FAQ

 

Registration deadline: April 1, 2020.

 

Note: There’s a $6,000 limit per farming operation in this program cycle. Planned acres reimbursed previously aren’t eligible to be reimbursed again. Coordinators are ONLY accepting the updated forms dated 8/2019. They will not accept anything on the old forms.  

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Fertilizer Nutrient Values Set
The Secretary of Agriculture establishes the commercial values per pound of nitrogen, available phosphate and soluble potash. The values are established as follows: nitrogen at $0.49 per pound, available phosphate at $0.39 per pound, soluble potash at $0.33 per pound. These commercial values are effective beginning July 1, 2019, and shall remain effective until further notice. Additional information can be found on the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
 
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Events

March 3
APC Executive Committee Meeting
1 p.m.
(PennAg Office)

March 4
PennAg Poultry Council Executive Committee Meeting
9:30 a.m.
(Room 202, PA Dept. of Ag)

March 6
PennAg FGAI Council Meeting
9 a.m.
(PennAg Office)

March 24
PennAg Annual Business Meeting
(Shady Maple, East Earl)


 
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