July 1 – The PA Farm Bill, a $24 million comprehensive investment into the state’s agriculture industry, was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf on July 1.

State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, a prime sponsor of H.B. 1520, which will create a grant program to reimburse federal meat inspection costs for small or new processors, said the PA Farm Bill will set our state on a course for a bright, prosperous agriculture future.

“Agriculture is our number one industry, and the PA Farm Bill will allow us to support our farmers in several ways, including business development, the expansion of job opportunities, and provide them with additional resources to promote our products through the PA Preferred program,” Snyder said. “I am very pleased that the PA Farm Bill will help our farmers now and for generations to come.”

Additional measures in the PA Farm Bill include:

The creation of a state-level specialty crop block grant program to encourage the farming and cultivation of high-priority crops, such as hemp, hops, honey and hardwoods.

The development of a $2 million Agriculture Business Development Center to support business planning and related services for farmers.

The establishment of the PA Farm to School Grant Program to support increased nutrition and agriculture education.

A $4 million Pennsylvania Rapid Response Disaster Readiness Account to provide quick responses to agricultural disasters and continue the fight against the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly.

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