Wolf Inauguration Takes Shape

HARRISBURG – Incoming Governor Tom Wolf and incoming Lt. Governor Michael Stack will be inaugurated January 20.  Ticket information: http://wolfinauguration.com/sections/events

10:30 a.m.                   Swearing-in of Lt. Governor Michael J. Stack III, PA Senate Chamber

10 – 12:00 noon           Swearing-in of Governor Tom Wolf, State Capitol, East Wing (ticket)

1- 4:30 p.m.                 PA Arts & Children’s Program, PA State Museum in Harrisburg

3 – 4:00 p.m.                Open House, Governor’s Mansion, 2035 North Front, Harrisburg

8 – 11:00 p.m.              “Let’s Get Started” Inaugural Celebration, Hershey Lodge (ticket)

PSCFO Meets with Wolf Policy Chief Hanger

John-HangerHERSHEY – On December 15, several members of the PSCFO Board met privately with John Hanger, former DEP Secretary under former Governor Rendell and now Secretary of Policy and Planning for incoming Governor Tom Wolf.  Mr. Hanger said that he welcomes policy input from the PA State Council of Farm Organizations to the Wolf Administration.  According to PSCFO President Brian Snyder, this may be the first time PSCFO has met with an official at this level of an incoming administration.  Among the topics discussed were:

  • Need for adequate General Government Operations funds for the PA Department of Agriculture
  • Preservation of certain line items in PDA’s budget such as the Centers of Excellence, agricultural research, PA Preferred, and others
  • Importance of consistency in immigration rules. While a federal issue, state legislative initiatives could create an even more confusing set of rules for agricultural producers

Wolf Transistion Team includes PSCFO Members

Wolf transition 180x180HARRISBURG – The Wolf Transition Team for PDA includes six individuals from PSCFO member organizations: Chairman Russell Redding, Dean of Agricultural and Environmental Studies, Delaware Valley University.; Dr. MeeCee Baker (Versant Strategies); PSCFO Board member Hannah Smith-Brubaker (PA Farmers Union); Russell Biggica (PA Rural Electric Association); Joel Rotz (PA Farm Bureau); and Robert Maiden (PA Association of Conservation Districts).