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.


Poultry Health Updates
Visit the PennAg Poultry Council page for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, Coryza and VLT information and updates.

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.  


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 Banquet - February 18
Save the date! The PennAg Annual Banquet will be held Tuesday, February 18 at Spooky Nook, Manheim. Held in conjunction with the Expo, the banquet is an event to celebrate our industry, visit with new and old friends and recognize the PennAg Distinguished Service Award recipients.

Click here to download a registration form, or visit
http://www.cvent.com/d/vnq7wc to register online. Time is ticking - act now and register today!

Fantastic hotel and restaurant on-site, fitness privileges included with overnight room. Visit www.spookynooksports.com for the Warehouse Hotel and Forklift & Palate Restaurant reservation information - room block code: 7992. (Deadline to book a room is February 3.)

Join us for both events to engage in an epic networking opportunity for you and your agribusiness!

Expo - February 19
You won't want to miss the 2020 Expo to be held Wednesday, February 19 at Spooky Nook in Manheim, Pa. Despite wintry weather conditions, the 2019 event still welcomed large crowds and we anticipate larger crowds for 2020! We will continue to offer an excellent buffet lunch for ONLY $5.00 per person!

Keystone Pork Expo, Poultry Progress Day and Mid-Atlantic Manure Summit offers a diverse array of sponsorship opportunities designed to fit a variety of budgets. Select from three primary levels, choose to add on or participate via an a la carte offering or simply join in as a tradeshow exhibitor. Join us on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 8AM to 3PM for the expo! Secure your sponsorship and/or exhibit space online at http://www.cvent.com/d/jhqx2v or download a registration form.

New in 2020! The inaugural Mid-Atlantic Manure Summit joins the mix, bringing in a broad network of manure applicators and haulers to the expo and helping to link pork and poultry growers with professionals equipped to assist with their nutrient management needs. We welcome businesses catering to the manure hauling and application industry to join us as sponsors and/or exhibitors and look forward to this exciting new addition to the expo!


January 22

PennAg Membership Committee Meeting
11 a.m.
(PennAg Office)

January 22
PennAg Legislative Committee Meeting
1 p.m.
(PennAg Office)

January 30

PennAg Aquaculture Council Meeting

1:30 p.m.

(PennAg Office)

February 13

PennAg Board of Directors Meeting

10 a.m.

(Farm Credit, Mt. Joy)

February 18
PennAg Spring Banquet
(Spooky Nook, Manheim)

February 19
(Spooky Nook, Manheim)

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