Jun. 26, 2019

How We Support Agriculture

The House’s budget proposal would invest an additional $19.5 million in agriculture. All of the governor’s proposed cuts to agriculture were restored in the House plan.

The House unanimously passed Senate Bill 661 introduced by Sen. Judy Ward (R/Blair/Cumberland/Franklin/Fulton/Huntingdon) on June 26. This bill creates grants for specialty crops not currently eligible under the Federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

We passed House Resolution 222 asking the federal government to enforce its standard for using the term “milk” only for products coming from dairy cows.

We passed House Resolution 402 supporting the reintroduction of whole milk to school lunches.

Additionally, we are seeking to revise and reestablish the Healthy Farms Healthy Schools program. A bill to do so unanimously passed the House on June 17.

Sponsored by Rep. John Hershey (R-Juniata/Mifflin/Franklin), House Bill 1514 would support agriculture education by providing grants up to $15,000 for schools that want to teach young children about nutrition and agriculture.

How We Support Agriculture