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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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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PennAg Annual Meat & Egg Meeting & Big Buck Contest - December 10

The PennAg Poultry Council will host its Annual Meat and Egg Meeting and the 20th Annual Big Buck Contest on Tuesday, December 10.

Click here to find the registration flyer for the event which is being held at Spooky Nook in Manheim, PA. You may complete and return the flyer, or visit http://www.cvent.com/d/nhq8m4 to register online. The deadline to register for the meeting is November 26, 2019.

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Reed-Harry at jrharry@pennag.com or 717-651-5920. 

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Volunteer at the PennAg Food Booth during the PA Farm Show - January 3-11

The PennAg food booth at the Pennsylvania Farm Show is the association's largest fundraiser, which allows us to work on behalf of our members throughout the year. We appreciate the time and energy each volunteer provides to guarantee a successful food booth.

Once again, we will count on our members and friends at the Farm Show food booth! The 2020 Farm Show will be held January 3-11. As in the past, we are seeking volunteers for two shifts each day, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Interested in volunteering and want to get it on your schedule now? Visit the SignUp link (https://signup.com/go/ewUKxmV) today! Anyone who registers PRIOR TO THANKSGIVING will receive a parking pass for one of the Farm Show Parking Lots. (Parking passes will be mailed in December.)

 
Events

November 27

Deadline for Members to Sign-Up to Volunteer at the PennAg Food Booth at Farm Show & Receive a Parking Pass


November 28-29

Happy Thanksgiving!

(PennAg Office Closed)


December 6

PennAg FGAI Council Executive Committee Meeting

9 a.m.

(PennAg Office)


December 10

PennAg Poultry Council Executive Committee Meeting

8 a.m.

(Spooky Nook Complex, Manheim)


December 10
PennAg Meat & Egg Meeting

9:30 a.m.

(Spooky Nook Complex, Manheim)


December 10

PennAg Big Buck Contest

2 p.m.

(Spooky Nook Complex, Manheim)


December 24-25

Merry Christmas!

(PennAg Office Closed)


 
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