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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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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Register Now for the 2020 PennAg Sporting Clay Classic - Sponsorship Opportunities Available

 

PennAg invites both members and non-members to join in the 2020 Sporting Clay Classic, to be hosted at a new location this year – the Blue Ridge Sportsman Club, Harrisburg – on Thursday, August 27. The fundraiser helps to support PennAg’s various initiatives and activities throughout the year, with a newly added feature this year, the Long Bird Contest, that will specifically benefit the PennAg PAC Fund.

 

The shoot will get underway with registration opening at 8:30AM for the morning flight, set to kick off at 9AM. The afternoon flight will take the course at noon. Squad registration includes four shooters, lunch, and ear plugs. Shooters must provide their own protective eye wear and shells; none will be available for purchase that day. Additionally, two contests will be offered this year – the Wild Wobble and Long Bird. Each contest costs $10 per shooter and is payable onsite on the day of the shoot, cash only, please. Contests will be open from 9:30AM through 1:30PM. All shooters must sign and return a course waiver and release. To expedite your check-in at the shoot, print, sign and return the release in advance to jdarr@pennag.com or fax to 717-651-5926.

 

As always, sponsorship opportunities are also available, including Event Sponsor, Prize Sponsor and Station Sponsor. All sponsorships include social media and onsite event recognition, plus added benefits that vary with the level. These affordable sponsorship options range from $75 to $350.

 

Deadline for registration and sponsorships is Tuesday, August 18th. Review and print the shoot flyer here, for more details. To register, go online to http://www.cvent.com/d/k7qjf2 or call the PennAg office at 717-651-5920.

 

Note – various changes resulting from the ongoing concern around COVID-19 are in effect. Please see the flyer or online registration for further details.

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PennAg Annual Business Meeting Rescheduled - Registration Now Open
Complimentary Barbecue Dinner for Those Attending

You’re invited to attend the annual business meeting of PennAg Industries Association, now scheduled for Thursday, August 27, 2020, after previously being cancelled due to the pandemic. To be held at Blue Ridge Sportsman Club in Harrisburg, the meeting will get underway promptly at 4PM, followed by a complimentary barbecue dinner. The meeting will offer the annual reports of officers, committees and councils, as well as include the election of 2020 officers and directors, old business and new business. Find a PDF invitation with full details here.

 

With the move to the Blue Ridge Sportsman Club on the same day as the PennAg Sporting Clay Classic, we invite you to also join us for a round of clay shooting prior to the kickoff of the meeting. Both morning and afternoon flights are available. For details on the shoot, to register a squad or to reserve a sponsorship, go online to the 2020 PennAg Sporting Clay Classic event page.

 

Please plan to join PennAg staff and board of directors for this important meeting and enjoy the opportunity to take in a year-in-review of your association and network with other engaged members. To register, go online to EventBrite at https://pennagannualbusinessmeeting2020.eventbrite.com. Kindly RSVP no later than Wednesday, August 19th.

 

Note: association bylaws were previously updated effective August 8, 2019. To review the current bylaws, find a copy here.

 

For more information or questions, contact Jessica Darr at jdarr@pennag.com or 717-651-5920. 

 
Events

August 9-12

Virtual Ag Progress Days


August 20

PennAg Board of Directors Meeting

10 a.m.

(via Zoom)

August 27
PennAg Sporting Clay Classic
(Blue Ridge Sportsman Club, Harrisburg)

August 27
PennAg Annual Business Meeting
4 p.m.
(Blue Ridge Sportsman Club, Harrisburg)


 
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