PADLS Holiday Schedule
The Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System (PADLS) has released their 2014/2015 Holiday Schedule. Please keep these dates in mind while scheduling your testing around the upcoming holidays.
 
FDA Published Updated Guidance for Industry on Food Facility Registration

The Food and Drug Administration is announcing the availability of a guidance for industry entitled "Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration (Sixth Edition)." The guidance includes one new question and answer in addition to the questions and answers in the Fifth Edition of the guidance document, which is being added in light of an ongoing rulemaking under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that proposes to make certain changes to the definition of the term “farm” in 21 CFR 1.227.

The new question and answer explains FDA’s policy regarding food facility registration for farms that also pack or hold raw agricultural commodities grown on a farm under different ownership and that would no longer be required to register if the proposed amendments to the “farm” definition are finalized as proposed in the rulemaking. Under this policy, as discussed in the guidance, FDA does not intend to prioritize enforcing the registration requirement for such establishments. This policy is a less burdensome policy consistent with the public health. FDA intends to make further updates to this guidance once certain FSMA rulemakings are final in order to make sure questions and answers, key terms, and definitions are consistent and accurate with regard to the registration of food facility requirements.

 

For more information visit Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration (Sixth Edition) or Federal Register Notice of Availability: Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration (Sixth Edition); Guidance for Industry.

 
Biosecurity Signs - Order Today

Looking for an indisputable way to designate that your operation is a biosecure area and that trespassing will not be tolerated? Look no further! PennAg has 'Biosecure Area' signs available at a low cost. Download order form.

 
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PennAg Food Booth Volunteer Sign-Up - January 10-17
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is just around the corner and we need your help! Once again, PennAg will host a food booth at the event and we need volunteers throughout the week of January 10-17. Shifts run daily from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The
food booth is the association’s largest fundraiser, which assists in providing services and support to members throughout the year. It is only with dedicated member backing that we are able to coordinate and execute such a valuable fundraising tool.

If you and your coworkers are interested in helping at the PennAg Food Booth, please follow the steps below to sign up via VolunteerSpot. Thank you for your consideration of this worthwhile event!

How do I sign up?

1. Visit http://vols.pt/ba7xv2

2. Enter your email address. (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot.)

3. Sign Up! Choose your spots. VolunteerSpot will send you automated confirmation and reminder messages. Easy!

 

2015 Pennsylvania Ag Forum - January 15
The Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania (PDMP) and PennAg will join together to host the 2015 Pennsylvania Ag Forum, Pipelines: What Does It Mean for the Landowner? The event will be held on Thursday, January 15 in the Allegheny and Delaware Rooms (2nd Level, Maclay Street Side) of the PA Farm Show Complex and Expo Center.

 

The event will begin with registration at 8 a.m., and immediately following the forum will be the Public Officials Luncheon. There is no cost to attend the forum or luncheon; however, seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for the free forum, please RSVP by Friday, January 9 to registration@pdmp.org or by calling 877-326-5993.

 
Events

December 16

PennAg Poultry Council Executive Committee Meeting

8:30 a.m.

(Shady Maple Smorgasbord, East Earl)

 
December 16

Meat & Egg Meeting

11 a.m.

(Shady Maple Smorgasbord, East Earl)

 
December 16

Big Buck Contest

2 p.m.

(Shady Maple Smorgasbord, East Earl)

 
December 24-25

Merry Christmas

(PennAg Office Closed)

 

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