State Council Endorses Two Bills
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 9, 2020
Vince Phillips 717-232-9665 firstname.lastname@example.org
HARRISBURG…The State Council of Farm Organizations (PSCFO) endorsed two pieces of legislation benefiting rural Pennsylvania at its Annual Meeting held February 5 in Harrisburg.
House Bill 1123 sponsored by Rep. John Lawrence (R-Chester). This would establish Dairy Keystone Opportunity Zones to incentivize investment in regional dairy processing facilities. This means that PA dairy farmers would have the chance to develop their own processing to create another source of income. In addition, transportation of fluid milk would be cheaper. A third benefit is that PA-produced milk that is processed in PA means a larger over-order premium paid to dairy farmers. The legislation passed the House and now awaits action by the Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee.
House Bill 2055 sponsored by Rep. Pam Snyder (D-Greene/Fayette/Washington). This bill adds Broadband expansion to the list of approved critical infrastructure under the Municipal Authorities Act. That means rural communities would have the authority to be their own Internet Service Provider (ISP) if telecommunications companies delay upgrading service to these underserved local areas. The legislation is currently in the House Local Government Committee.
The PA State Council of Farm Organization is made up of numerous Pennsylvania agricultural organizations who have banded together to be a stronger advocate for Pennsylvania Agriculture.