Federal appeals court upholds EPA plan to clean up Chesapeake Bay
A U.S. appeals court has upheld a federal plan limiting pollution in the Chesapeake Bay despite objections from farmers who accuse the Environmental Protection Agency of abusing its power. The ruling Monday (July 6, 2015) upholds restrictions on farm and construction runoff and wastewater treatment and is a clear win for environmentalists. Six states have agreed to the pollution limits: Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, along with Washington, D.C.

The American Farm Bureau Federation and others fought the restrictions. They argued that the EPA was usurping state authority to regulate waterways.

The EPA says animal waste and fertilizer that moves from streams into the Chesapeake is the single largest source of bay pollution.

Third Circuit Judge Thomas Ambro says Chesapeake Bay pollution is a complex problem that affects more than 17 million people. (Source: The Associated Press, July 6, 2015)
 
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Information

Visit the PennAg Poultry Council page for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza information and updates.

 
VFD Final Rule

On June 3, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the final rule amending its animal drug regulations regarding veterinary feed directive (VFD) drugs. FDA's current VFD regulation established requirements relating to the distribution and use of VFD drugs and animal feeds containing such drugs. This amendment is intended to improve the efficiency of FDA's VFD program while protecting human and animal health. To view the final rule visit https://federalregister.gov/a/2015-13393.

 
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 Agronomic Products Council / Seed Council Summer Tour - August 13
The PennAg APC/Seed Council Summer Tour will be held Thursday, August 13. Visiting Furmano's in Northumberland, Pennsylvania, and Boyd Station in Danville, Pennsylvania, the event is sure to please! Register online today or download a form for additional information.

Pesticide Recertification Seminar - August 13
The PennAg Feed, Grain and Allied Industry Council will host a Pesticide Recertification Seminar on August 13 at the Giant on Linglestown Road. Don't miss the opportunity to earn three Category 20 credits and three Core credits! Register today! Questions? Contact Melissa Sankey at msankey@pennag.com or 717-651-5920 for additional information.

Ag Progress Days 2015 - August 18-20
Join us at Ag Progress Days (APD), August 18-20! PennAg staff will be located in the AgChoice Building, promoting eggs, pork, and soybeans.

APD is Pennsylvania's largest outdoor agricultural exposition, featuring the latest technology and research exhibits, educational programs, and guided tours. Sponsored by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, the event is held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College, PA, and is one of only three agricultural exhibitions in the country sponsored by a major university.

Exhibits showcase the latest in Penn State research, as well as information on best management practices and changing regulations in the agricultural industry. For more information, visit
www.agsci.psu.edu/apd.

PennAg PAC Sporting Clays Shoot - August 27
Join us for an afternoon of fun and fellowship, while supporting the PennAg Political Action Committee. The 2015 PennAg PAC Fundraiser - Sporting Clays Shoot will be held on Thursday, August 27 at Central Penn Sporting Clays, Wellsville, PA.

 

For numerous years, PennAg has had the opportunity to support important friends of agriculture in the legislature. With very few members of the general assembly having a background in agriculture, it is extremely important for our association to provide the facts about our industry so our decisionmakers are able to make sound decisions. It is absolutely imperative for us to support legislators who, in turn, support agriculture and agribusiness. Democracy is not a spectator sport.

 

Join us for an exciting day of competition and fellowship, all while raising money for the PennAg Political Action Committee! Complete and return a form to register and/or sponsor today.
 
Events

July 14-15

North American Manure Expo

(Chambersburg, PA)

 

July 15

PEQAP Oversight Committee Meeting

9:30 a.m.

(Room 309, PA Dept. of Agriculture)

 

August 12

Poultry Health Committee Meeting

9:30 a.m.

(Room 309, PA Dept. of Agriculture)

 

August 13

APC/Seed Council Summer Tour

(Furmano’s; Boyd Station)

 
August 18-20

Ag Progress Days

(Russell E. Larson Ag Research Center, PA Furnace)

 

August 27

PennAg PAC Sporting Clays Shoot

(Central Penn Sporting Clays, Wellsville)

 

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