November 15, 2017 CERCLA Reporting Update

As follow-up to the alert included in Monday's Weekly Update on the issue of the November 15, 2017 CERCLA deadline to report continuous release of ammonia and/or hydrogen sulfide from animal wastes, the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and the National Pork Producers Council have developed documents to help producers determine: 1) if they need to report; 2) where they can report; and 3) how they report in order to come into compliance from the recent court ruling.  Farms exceeding the reportable release at or above a threshold of 100 pounds within a 24-hour period are required to follow a three-step reporting process, the first step being a phone call to the National Response Center (NRC) in order to submit initial continuous release notifications.

Producers are encouraged to utilize the poultry (Poultry Word format; Poultry PDF format) and swine (Pork Word format; Pork PDF format) templates provided as well as the worksheets included in the EPA guidance.

Please note, these templates are recommendation only and should not be considered legal documents.  Producers are encouraged to consult their legal counsel on this individual business decision.

The EPA has posted on their website the intent to establish an email option for initial continuous release notifications due to potential for large call volumes to the National Response Center (NRC).  The email system, which should be available by November 15, 2017, provides farm owners/operators with an expedited option to submit one email notification for owners/operators with multiple farms.  An automated email response will provide producers with the necessary CR-ERNS number to be included on their written report.

PennAg Receives Leadership in Action Award

PennAg is honored to have received the Penn State Agricultural Council Leadership in Action Award. The Penn State Agricultural Council leadership awards honor outstanding leaders in the agricultural community in Pennsylvania. Excellence in three categories is recognized: Leadership Award, Youth Leadership Award, and Leadership in Action Award. 
PennAg received the award, along with Penn State, the PA Department of Environmental Protection, State Conservation Commission, and PA Farm Bureau, for the Farm Survey Project.


Pictured above (L-R): Joel Rotz, Karl Brown, Chris Herr, Dean Roush, Lee McDonnell

Biosecurity Training

What is Biosecurity? In the context of animal agriculture, biosecurity is a series of management steps and practices implemented to prevent the introduction of infectious agents into a herd or flock, the spread of these agents through the herd, and out of the herd to other herds or flocks. A biosecurity plan may involve screening and testing incoming animals, some sort of quarantine or isolation procedures for newly purchased or returning animals, and some type of monitoring or evaluation system for early detection of disease. Once an infectious agent is in a herd or flock a similar but slightly different set of management practices are employed to prevent the infectious agent from leaving the farm in animals or products.

Why is Biosecurity Important?
Biosecurity is important for a number of reasons. First, it is an essential aspect of on-farm food safety programs. Keeping food products wholesome and of highest quality is important for the health and well-being of consumers. This helps to ensure consumer demand for product, and therefore ultimately the profitability of animal agriculture enterprises. Secondly, biosecurity should help keep animal healthy and more productive. This benefits the farming community through greater efficiency and profitability, as well as the animals through experiencing less disease. Finally, a vibrant agricultural community is a positive influence on the economy of our state and nation, and an important resource in maintaining a healthy environment.

PennAg and partners have developed a training module to provide an overview on farm etiquette basics, procedures necessary to protect farms when working on or near animal and food supplies, and ways to work with farmers to ensure project success.

Visit and click on the Biosecurity Training module -  available for the small fee of $15/person. Simply add it to your cart and the website works you through the rest of the process of creating an account. Those who successfully complete the module will receive a certificate of completion following the course.

Introducing PennAg Prime
PennAg Prime is an exclusive PennAg-endorsed insurance program for members. It delivers coverage packages specifically designed to address the needs of all aspects of agriculture and food processing. PennAg Prime is offered through the agencies of The Insurance Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, the premier group of independent agencies in Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.
Interested in learning more about PennAg Prime? Please contact Nicole Cassel at or 717-651-5920 today!
PennAg Awards Scholarships to Industry Youth

Ten students recently received scholarships from PennAg Industries Association, totaling $13,500. The PennAg Scholarship Fund, supported by members and friends of the association, is funded primarily through the annual Divots for Degrees Golf Outing. The 2017 outing was held at Four Seasons Golf Club in Landisville.

Since its inception in 1991, the PennAg Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $313,500 in scholarships to children of our industry’s employees. To be eligible for a scholarship, 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. Applications for the 2018 program will be posted on the PennAg website ( beginning Jan. 1, 2018. A committee of PennAg Board Members judge eligible applications for academics, activities, essay and interest in pursuing a career in agriculture.

Congratulations to the 2017 PennAg Scholarship recipients!

PennAg to Offer Ad Banner Space in Weekly Update
Looking to get business information out and in front of thousands? Look no further than the PennAg Weekly Update! Beginning in September 2016, we began offering ad banner space above the fold in the Weekly Update, providing optimal value to you and your business. Interested in learning more? Download an order form. Space is being sold on a per month basis, so act fast to secure your ad spot!
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Information

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

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PennAg Meat & Egg Meeting and Big Buck Contest - December 5

The annual PennAg Meat & Egg Meeting and Big Buck Contest will be held Tuesday, December 5 at Shady Maple Smorgasbord, East Earl. Event topics include: Legislative/Regulatory Update; Final Chesapeake Bay Presentation; GIS Mapping System; Handheld PCR Update; MRSA in Poultry Meat Research; ABC's of Messaging When Volunteering; and an overview of the 2018 PA IBV Survey Project. The event will conclude with the 18th Annual Big Buck Contest. 

Mark you calendar now for this event and register today! Download a registration form, or visit to register online. Questions? Please contact Mindy Fleetwood at or 717-651-5920.


November 23-24

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