Academia Links

Animal Diagnostic Lab
Delaware Valley University       
Penn State University
Penn State Poultry Extension

Penn State Poultry Extension (Southeast PA Region)
PSU Department of Animal Science

UPENN, New Bolton Center 

Government Links

Center for Dairy Excellence
PA Department of Agriculture
PA Department of Environmental Protection

PA Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System

Natural Resource Conservation Service

Department of Agriculture
Environmental Protection Agency
National Agricultural Statistics Service

Industry Links

American Egg Board
American Feed Industry Association  

American Seed Trade Association

Keystone Energy Forum
National Aquaculture Association
National Grain & Feed Association
National Pork Board

PA Pork Producers Council
United States Equestrian Federation

Member Links

Asmark Institute

Boyd Station LLC

Deerfield Farms Service, Inc.

Diamond V
F.M.  Brown's Sons, Inc.

Hollabaugh Bros., Inc.

Kauffman Animal Health International
Kreamer Feed

Northeast Agri Systems, Inc.

Northampton County Seed Co.

PA Forest Products Association
Penn Millers Insurance Company
Triple M Farms
Truth Chemical

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.

Chesapeake Bay Compliance
Here is an easy-to-understand outline of how Chesapeake Bay compliance for the 2025 goals should work (click here to download a pdf of the infographic):

PA Ag Statistics

Commodity Specific



Pennsylvania ranks fourth nationally in trout production. The USDA Trout and Aquaculture Census reports Pennsylvania aquaculture sales of $10.48 million in 2008. Sales of food fish comprised 83.4 percent of total sales, with the remainder of the sales composed of sport and game fish, baitfish, crustaceans, mollusks, ornamental fish, water garden plants and other animal aquaculture (tadpoles, frogs, trout eggs, etc.). While trout comprises most of the food fish sales, tilapia and hybrid striped bass are also produced, albeit on a smaller scale. Pennsylvania hatcheries, including those of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, also produce additional trout valued at $14.7 million for conservation and recreational purposes. A press release from USDA notes the 2010 value of trout production in Pennsylvania at $16.9 million.



In 2009 Pennsylvania ranked 5th nationally in total milk production, coming in behind California,

Wisconsin, New York and Idaho. The Commonwealth's 545,000 cows produce 10.51 billion pounds of milk, with the state's annual production per cow at 19,360 pounds. The state ranks 15th in milk

production per cow. The dairy industry is the key economic driver in Pennsylvania's agriculture industry, the Commonwealth's leading economic enterprise. Dairy generates $1.5 billion in cash receipts each year, contributing to 40 percent of the state's agricultural receipts. The dairy industry also generates 40,000 jobs in the commonwealth. Research estimates that roughly 85% of the dairy farmer's total income is spent locally, making dairy farms a significant contributor to the local economy. For additional information, visit



Pennsylvania equine owners devote 1,140,000 acres of land for equine purposes with associated

assets totaling $8.27 billion; the racehorse industry accounts for $1.12 billion of that total. The equine

industry provides 20,300 jobs annually in Pennsylvania. Equine related expenditures total $746 million.

Approximately 26,365 racehorses reside in Pennsylvania, with a value of $978 million. (Source: Penn

State Equine Survey)


Feed, Grain

Pennsylvania is home to 5,858 oilseed and grain farms. Of the 7.81 million acres of land farmed in Pennsylvania, 4.87 is cropland and a total of 3.94 is harvested cropland. Grains and oilseeds account for 26.8% of all crop sales in Pennsylvania, while hay and other crops account for 8.0%. The total value of crop sales in Pennsylvania is $1.9 billion. (Source: 2007 Census of Agriculture Pennsylvania)



Pennsylvania ranks third nationally in egg production and tenth nationally in turkey production. According

to the most recent USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service data, the farm value of Pennsylvania poultry and eggs was $864 million in 2007. However, since this figure does not take into account the Commonwealth's very sizable game bird, broiler breeder, and embryo industries (for vaccine production),

the value of the industry certainly exceeds $1 billion.   



Pennsylvania is home to approximately 1,072 hog farms. The pork industry in Pennsylvania comprises

$331.5 million in sales and supports more than 8,000 jobs in the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania

pork industry ranks 13th in the country, generates approximately $67.5 million in export income, and

creates more than 1,600 export jobs. Visit for additional information.

COVID-19 Response Guidance

Resources for Identifying Essential & Critical Infrastructure Workers
As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America. This guidance states that:

“If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”


The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) developed an initial list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help employers as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of business in areas critical to public health and safety, including a safe food supply. The attached list is advisory in nature only, but helps to identify workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are essential to continued critical infrastructure viability. Find the list here.

Provide Your Employees with Documentation for Travel During COVID-19 Response Enforcement

Agriculture is a life-sustaining business critical to PA during the response efforts related to COVID-19. With a job to do, you and your employees need to be able to travel to work without disruption. Use the templates below to draft travel documents for employees to carry and refer to, should they be stopped by law enforcement personnel while traveling to or from work. The letters are available in English and Spanish and may be customized if you chose to include the employee's name and your business' pertinent information.


Explanation Letter - English

Explanation Letter - Spanish


Travel to Work Letter - English

Travel to Work Letter - Spanish

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