Category : Legislative News

The Delaware Council of Farm Organizations recently announced that Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will be at its annual agricultural dinner. This will be the 41st year that the council puts on its Agricultural Industry Dinner, which will be held on January 26 at the Dover Downs Hotel & Conference Center,. Read More »

Farmers in Pennsylvania take exception to some proposed federal regulations that aim to prohibit children younger than 16 years of age from various tasks that are helpful to farms, The Associated Press reports. Among those jobs are operating power machinery, assisting in silos and applying pesticides but the proposed regulations would not apply to children. Read More »

Randomly selected Pennsylvania farms will be visited by federal representatives probing conservation and farming practices’ impact on the Chesapeake Bay watershed, according to The Reading Eagle. The visits are part of a larger effort in the region as more than 1,500 farms in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia and West Virginia also will receive the. Read More »

The board of the Virginia Farm Bureau voted to tap the owner and operator of a poultry farm as a member, according to a published report. Robert Mills Jr. of Briar View Farms Poultry was elected to a three-year term on Thursday, during the bureau’s 2011 annual convention in Norfolk, GoDanRiver.com reports. The co-owner of. Read More »

The Virginia Farm Bureau is hard at work these days devising the best way of keeping the state of Virginia from seizing land from private owners, The Associated Press reports. While convening in Norfolk for its annual convention from Tuesday through Thursday of this week, the largest farm lobby in the state is planning its. Read More »

Farmers in the Commonwealth of Virginia are poised to benefit from spade work performed by Governor Bob McDonnell in India, according to WHSV. While on a two-week tour of India and Israel, the Republican leader secured additional shipments of Virginia exports to the subcontinent. Virginia poultry farmers view with optimism increased business opportunities to additional. Read More »

The U.S. agriculture industry has been a saving grace since the financial tumult of 2008 and the Delmarva Peninsula is in a perfect position to capitalize on that boon, states a column penned by the secretary of the Delaware Agriculture Department. Despite the successes, there are focal points that call attention to the struggle, according. Read More »

The top-ranking U.S. Agriculture Department official visited the hometown of the founder of the agency he leads to begin marking its 150th anniversary, according to a press release. Department secretary Tom Vilsack visited the Old Illinois State Capitol in Springfield to commence one year of celebrations for the department President Abraham Lincoln signed into law. Read More »

Anaerobic digester projects in eight states – including Pennsylvania – will be funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The federal entity said that it was pursuing the projects to cut down on farm-based pollution, spark renewable energy production and to lower energy costs. Anaerobic digesters are bacteria that break down manure in environments that. Read More »

Farm Credit Showcases Local Foods to Congress Washington, DC—Four local Farm Credit associations recently hosted an event for Legislators and their legislative assistants. The event, held May 25, featured produce and gourmet dishes all grown by Farm Credit member-borrowers in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Over 175 elected officials and staff members attended. Read More »