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Feb 12, 2015, 12:34 ET Pennsylvania Adds 18 Farms, Nearly 1,500 Acres to Preservation Program

 Pennsylvania's Agricultural Land Preservation Board today safeguarded 1,495 additional acres on 18 farms in 10 counties through the state's...


Jan 08, 2015, 11:54 ET 25th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show Butter Sculpture Depicts Groundbreaking Milk Distribution Program

 A sculpture made from nearly 1,000 pounds of butter and showcasing a fundraising campaign for an innovative food bank milk program was...


Dec 31, 2014, 10:10 ET Win VIP Parking and Cash by Submitting Your Best Pennsylvania Farm Show Snapshots in Photo Contest

Capture the spirit of the 2015 Pennsylvania Farm Show in a photograph and submit it for the annual photo contest for the chance to win cash and a...


Dec 16, 2014, 13:50 ET Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Invites Young Detectives to Investigate Farm Show

 Young visitors to the 2015 Pennsylvania Farm Show can become "Farm Show Detectives" at 29 learning stations by investigating the role of bees...


Dec 15, 2014, 10:25 ET Pennsylvania Dog Licenses for 2015 Now Available at County Treasurers' Offices; All Dogs Must be Licensed by Jan. 1

 Pennsylvanians can now purchase 2015 dog licenses from their county treasurers. State law requires all dogs three months and older to be...


Nov 13, 2014, 11:29 ET Pennsylvania's CHEMSWEEP to Provide Safe Pesticide Disposal in 18 Counties in 2015

Agricultural businesses and pesticide applicators in 18 counties can dispose of unwanted pesticides safely and easily in 2015 through the...


Nov 03, 2014, 15:02 ET Agriculture Secretary Urges Consumers to Help Keep Foreign Insect from Spreading through Pennsylvania, United States

An invasive insect new to the United States that has the potential to impact grape, fruit trees and the hardwood industries has been discovered in...


Nov 03, 2014, 13:48 ET Thousand Cankers Disease Detected in Lancaster County Trees; Agriculture Department Enacts Additional Quarantine

 Following the detection of Thousand Cankers Disease in Lancaster County, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today enacted a...


Oct 21, 2014, 10:53 ET Tenth Pennsylvania Captive Deer Tests Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today announced a tenth captive deer has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Pennsylvania...


Oct 16, 2014, 14:51 ET Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Program Breaks 500,000-Acre Threshold

 More than a half-million acres of prime Pennsylvania farmland are now forever safe from development through the state agriculture...


Sep 25, 2014, 13:22 ET Pennsylvania Approves Nation's Most Progressive Harness Racing Whipping Standards

The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission today imposed stricter standards to safeguard equine athletes from direct contact with whips during...


Sep 25, 2014, 10:26 ET Berks County's Ashley Mohn Named 2014-15 Pennsylvania Dairy Princess

Ashley Mohn of Womelsdorf, Berks County, was crowned the 58th Pennsylvania Dairy Princess on Saturday, Sept. 20, after a three-day competition with...


Sep 12, 2014, 12:09 ET 2014 All-American Dairy Show to Feature Nation's Top Cows, Dairy Events

The 2014 All-American Dairy Show will feature top dairy cattle shown by the best exhibitors in the nation from Sept. 13-18 at the Pennsylvania Farm...


Sep 05, 2014, 15:00 ET Sire Stakes, Stallion Series Finals Showcase Best of Pennsylvania Harness Racing This Weekend

Pennsylvania's best harness horses will be featured during the finals of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes starting...


Aug 21, 2014, 15:00 ET Pennsylvania Adds 26 Farms, More Than 2,000 Acres to Preservation Program

Agriculture Secretary George Greig today announced the protection of 26 Pennsylvania farms totaling 2,363 acres, putting the commonwealth on track...


Aug 19, 2014, 10:12 ET Agriculture Secretary Urges Public to Help Keep Foreign Beetle from Entering Pennsylvania

Agriculture Secretary George Greig today encouraged Pennsylvanians to protect the commonwealth tree population by spotting, collecting and...


Aug 15, 2014, 16:20 ET Pennsylvania Agriculture Department Honors Two Longstanding Farm Families

Agriculture Secretary George Greig recognized two Pennsylvania farm families for their longstanding contributions to Pennsylvania's agriculture...


Jul 30, 2014, 14:30 ET Pennsylvania Helps State and National Researchers Combat Chronic Wasting Disease

Seven deer testing positive for Chronic Wasting Disease are providing researchers with valuable samples and insights on combating the deadly...


Jul 25, 2014, 14:04 ET Pennsylvania to Host the Nation's Top Horses for $450,000 Adios Race in Suburban Pittsburgh

 The world's hottest harness racing action returns to Pennsylvania Saturday, July 26, with the 48th Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows...


Mar 25, 2014, 12:30 ET Agriculture Secretary of Pennsylvania Recognizes Farmers' Contributions to State's Economy, Environment at Juniata County Dairy Farm

Agriculture Secretary George Greig today recognized the innovation of Pennsylvania farmers during a tour of Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, Juniata...


Feb 19, 2014, 15:15 ET Pennsylvania Adds 26 Farms, Nearly 2,400 Acres to Preservation Program

Pennsylvania's Agricultural Land Preservation Board today safeguarded 2,359 additional acres on 26 farms in 13 counties through the state's...


Feb 05, 2014, 15:20 ET Pennsylvania Governor Corbett's Budget Proposal Increases Investment in Agriculture

Agriculture Department Would Receive Vital Funding Boost for Research, Protecting Pennsylvanians Governor Tom Corbett's 2014-15 budget...


Jan 27, 2014, 16:19 ET Dauphin County Teen to Reign as 2014 Pennsylvania Fair Queen

Elizabethtown Fair Queen Lia Schmittel of Middletown, Dauphin County, was crowned the 2014 Pennsylvania Fair Queen on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the...


Jan 21, 2014, 13:19 ET Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Names Kristen Donmoyer as Dog Law Director

 Agriculture Secretary George Greig today named Kristen Donmoyer of Lebanon County as director of the Dog Law Enforcement Office. Donmoyer has...


Jan 03, 2014, 17:20 ET Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Warns Low Temperatures Can Cause Cold Stress in Livestock, Pets

With extreme cold temperatures across the state, Agriculture Secretary George Greig today cautioned livestock and pet owners to take measures to...