Pennsylvania Farm Bill Models How States Can Aid Farmers 

With broad support from Pennsylvania farmers and agricultural organizations, earlier this month Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law a bipartisan $23.1 million package of bills—collectively titled the Pennsylvania Farm Bill—making a historic investment in farmers and the local food system. According to Gov. Wolf, the Pennsylvania Farm Bill package will “grow opportunities and resources, remove […]

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2017 Ag Census Shows Positive Trends for Sustainable Agriculture in Pa.

The recently released 2017 Census of Agriculture revealed some troubling numbers. We now know that, between 2012 and 2017, the total number of farms in the U.S. declined by three percent; the average age of U.S. farm producers rose from 56 to 57.5; and farms across the country are increasingly consolidating, with one percent of […]

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First-Ever PA Farm Bill Strives to Grow & Protect Farmers

By Hannah Smith-Brubaker, Executive Director On February 14th, at a dairy farm in Dauphin County, I had the great pleasure of attending Governor Tom Wolf’s release of the first-of-its kind Pennsylvania Farm Bill. Gov. Wolf’s plan aims to “invest more than $24 million in Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry to grow opportunities and resources, remove barriers to […]

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Farm Bill (Mostly) a Triumph for Sustainable Agriculture

The 2018 bipartisan farm bill passed by Congress this week makes critically needed investments in sustainable agriculture. Among other beneficial outcomes for farmers and food producers, once signed into law by the President the bill will: provide mandatory funding to support the development of regional food economies and market data initiatives focused on organic production; […]

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Pennsylvania is Setting an Example for the Nation

By Hannah Smith-Brubaker, Executive Director We laud Governor Tom Wolf’s plan to make Pennsylvania the nation’s leading organic state. During remarks last week at Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences’ Ag Progress Days, Gov. Wolf articulated a vision for agriculture in Pennsylvania that lists propelling the growth of organic agriculture as a top strategy.  “Demand […]

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PA Farmers Across the Political Spectrum Prioritize Sustainable Agriculture over “Business as Usual” in 2018 Farm Bill

By Hannah Smith-Brubaker, Executive Director, PASA A large majority—71 percent—of Pennsylvania farmers surveyed want a farm bill that prioritizes sustainable agriculture and conserves soil and water, and nearly three-quarters would be more likely to back a candidate for public office who favors such priorities. That’s according to a new poll conducted in March by Iowa-based RABA Research […]

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