PSCFO Board Appoints Lizzie Bailey New Executive Director

Press Release

Lizzie Bailey has been appointed as the Pennsylvania State Council of Farm Organizations Executive Director.

Lizzie Bailey holds an MA in Education/Adult Training and a BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She completed the Penn State Extension Rural-Urban Leadership Program in 2013. She currently serves as a board member of the Friends of the PA Farm Show Foundation Inc., and a member of the Philadelphia Society of Promoting Agriculture, where she is the communication chairperson.  Lizzie is the President of the Cumberland Valley Grange and a member of the Shippensburg Young Farmers.  Lizzie was employed by the Pennsylvania State Grange as their Membership/Communications Director.

A Pennsylvania native, Lizzie resides with her husband, Cliff, in Cumberland County.  She has three children and five grandchildren. She describes herself as a daughter of “hobby farmers.” She shared, “My Gramm and parents felt it was important for me to learn skills to make it through the rough times.  I grew up learning a litany of skills; gardening, cooking, sewing, hunting, and fishing.  I once asked my Gramm why I didn’t have artistic talents like others in my family. She wrapped her arm around me and patted my hand, and said, “You have the “gift of gab.”  I smile when I think of her reply, but that “gift of gab” has served me well with agriculture storytelling.

I look forward to representing PSCFO and working closely with the membership. “

Lizzie Bailey is the owner of Lizzie’s Ink LLC., an Association Management Firm that specializes in working with agriculture clients. She can be contacted by calling: 717-254-9550 or emailing:



AG ONE Newsletter April 20, 2020

Dear Reader:

Today, Governor Wolf announced the easing of some restrictions.  Hopefully, that marks the beginning of the end of the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis which has decimated much of Pennsylvania’s Agriculture economy. The stay at home order has been extended until May 8.

Sincerely, Vince Phillips    ******************************************


Between April 20 and 24, businesses with 250 employees or less involved in production and processing foods may apply for up to a $15,000 grant from Giant Foods.  Details:


On April 20, Governor Tom Wolf announced several measures designed to loosen the March business closing edict issued in March. Construction may resume May 8.  Links follow:

Governor’s Business Amendment
Health Secretary’s Business Amendment
Online Car Sales Guidance
Updated Industry Operation Guidance
Updated Industry Operation FAQ

Remote notarization (important to auto and farm equipment sales and farm credit) is included as part of Senate Bill 841 which was signed into law as Act 15 of Governor Wolf.


  • The May 11 PA State Council of Farm Organizations (PSCFO) Board and Council are cancelled.
  • FFA’s annual summer Washington Leadership Conference is cancelled.  Dates of the National FFA Convention & Exposition remain Oct. 28-31 in Indianapolis.
  • The Penn State. Trustee election by agricultural interests has been postponed, date to be announced.  Details: 814-865-9561 or
  • American Guernsey Association’s June 2020 convention in Seven Springs is cancelled. The 2021 date is June 12-15, again at Seven Springs.
  • PA Cattlemens’ Association evaluation of a new date for its annual convention will be announced after May 1st.  Details: 717-825-9824, .
  • The April 23 in-person meeting of the Legislative Task Force & Advisory Committee on High-Speed Broadband Services is cancelled. The next meeting will be remote May 8.


The PA Utility Commission (PUC) issued a reminder to those under the Federal Poverty Guidelines that they are eligible for Federal subsidies on their land line telephone or Internet service.  Current amounts are $7.25 monthly for landline or wireless and $9.25 for Broadband, fixed or mobile.   Yearly income eligibility is $17,226 for one person, $23,274 for two, $29,322 for three, $35,370 for four persons and $6,048 per person thereafter. How to apply:  Lifeline Telephone and Broadband Assistance Program or 1-800-234-9473.

The PUC reports that Verizon has the Lifeline 100 program offering an additional $2.50 subsidy.


While the General Assembly is focused on coping with COVID-19, for example passing legislation to rescind Governor Wolf’s business closure decree Senate Bill 613 (Mensch-R-Bucks/Berks/Montgomery) vetoed April 20 and Senate Bill 327 (Argall-R-Schuylkill/Berks), there were other actions affecting rural PA.

  • Legislation requiring business interruption insurance policies to cover losses caused by COVID-19 was introduced by Senator Vincent Hughes (D-Phila.).  Senate Bill 1114 was referred to the Senate Banking & Insurance Committee April 15.  A companion bill, House Bill 2372 (Dermody-D-Allegheny) was introduced and referred to the House Insurance Committee April 3.
  • Senate Bill 1097 (Mastriano-R-Franklin) would make the temporary OK on remote notarization permanent.  Status: Reported out by the Senate Appropriations Committee April 15.
  • House Bill 1869 (Owlett-R-Tioga/Potter/Bradford) would relax some of the staffing requirements for emergency medical services – something potentially important in hard-pressed rural areas.  It was reported out by the Senate Appropriations Committee April 15.


The PSCFO Agricultural Directory for 2020 has been released.  Some quantities are available free of charge to PSCFO members, the media, and public officials.  For non-members and others, there will be a modest charge for shipping and handling.  Please advise PSCFO by emailing


  • USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant proposals are due by June 15, 2020.
  • Until September 30, 2020, lenders may offer 180-day loan payment deferrals without prior agency approval for USDA Business & Industry Loan Guarantees, Rural Energy for America Program Loan Guarantees, Community Facilities Loan Guarantees, and Water & Waste Disposal Loan Guarantees.
  • USDA issued the COVID-19 Federal Rural Resources Guide on April 13.  It is billed as a one-stop-shop of Federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations, and individuals affected by the COVID-19 epidemic.

TO NOTE…Penn State Center for Pollinator Research has a new website containing educational lesson plans relating to ecology and habitat.  Might this be an at-home educational resource?  Details:

AG ONE Newsletter March 27, 2020

Dear Reader:

Hopefully, this issue of AG ONE Newsletter will contain information of value to you and your families given the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.  Most recently, PSCFO provided updated lists of cancellations and postponements of agricultural activities.  By now, most changes are known but AG ONE Newsletter will publish those that may not have made the previous lists.

Sincerely, Vince Phillips    ******************************************

~  Updates from the PA Department of Health on COVID-19, guidance on keeping safe, etc. For the most accurate and timely information regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website.

List of essential businesses (“life-sustaining”) was updated March 24

NOTE:  Agricultural activities are still on the life sustaining industry list.  This means that they may continue physical operations.  Following is a partial list of farming activities:  Oilseed and grain farming; Vegetable farming; Fruit and tree nut farming; Greenhouse, Nursery and floriculture production, Cattle ranching and farming; Swine farming; Poultry and egg production, Sheep and goat farming; Animal aquaculture; and “support for crop and animal activities”.  Food manufacturing may continue physical operations.

Logging was recently not permitted but is now approved. Also permitted are sawmills, veneer, plywood, and engineered wood product manufacturing, pulp, paper and paperboard mills.  On the approved list are pesticide and fertilizer manufacturing and farm product raw material merchant wholesalers as well as trucking.

~ PA Department of Agriculture Lists Resources. 

  • The Center for Dairy Excellence listed a number of resources for dairy farmers including guidance documents regarding the coronavirus.  Download COVID-19 guidelines for your farm.  The March 27 email urges that farmers have written contingency plans to ensure that they can continue to operate in the midst of this crisis.  Details: Melissa Anderson at 717-636-0779.
  • A guidance letter was sent to PA veterinarians March 16.  It included instructions on what vets should tell clients including that there is no evidence to suggest animals play a role in the transmission of this virus.
  • Farmers’ Markets:  a farmer’s market is relocating temporarily due to COVID-19, the PA Department of Agriculture will not need to issue a new food safety license.

Insurance Commissioner Issues Notice to Insurance Companies.  Because of increased unemployment due to COVID-19, insurance companies are encouraged by the PA Insurance Department to show forbearance in policyholders’ difficult financial situations.  Consistent with prudent insurance practices, insurers should consider:  relaxing due dates for premium payments; extending grace periods; waiving late fees and penalties; and allowing for payment plans.

NOTES:  This applies to commercial and personal property/casualty, accident/health, and life policies.  Policyholders have the responsibility to contact the insurer and insurance producers `to explain their individual difficulties in meeting payment schedules.

A second notice to insurance companies specifies that there should NOT be any fees, deductibles, or out-of-pocket costs connected with getting a COVIS-19 test.

CANCELLATIONS & POSTPONEMENTS                                                                           Penn State Extension announced that Extension events will be cancelled until May 15.  To learn more about Penn State’s event cancelations and response to COVID-19, please see the following link:

  • House Majority Agriculture & Rural Affairs Chair Marty Causer (R-McKean/Potter/Cameron) and Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) report that State and Federal income tax filing deadlines have been changed to from April 15 to July 15. Taxpayers are still encouraged to file sooner rather than later, especially if they are expecting a refund. Online filings are able to be processed more quickly. — The deadline for seniors and people with disabilities to apply for the 2019 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to Dec. 31. Click here for more information.
  • The March 31 PA Horse Racing Commission meeting is rescheduled for April 28.
  • PA’s primary election has been rescheduled for June 2 (from April 28).
  • The return date for farmers in Adams, Franklin, York, and Lancaster Counties taking a Penn State survey on conservation practices has been extended until May 1.  The link for more information about the survey and to fill it out online is:  Details: Matt Royer,
  • Pesticide applicator exam sessions have been cancelled.  All third-party testing sites are closed.  Private applicators with March 31 expiration dates can look to June 1 as their new deadline.  Details: Jessica Lenker or Nada Manmiller


The PSCFO Agricultural Directory for 2020 has been released.  Some quantities are available free of charge to PSCFO members, the media, and public officials.  For non-members and others, there will be a modest charge for shipping and handling.  Please advise PSCFO by emailing


Hopefully, these links supplied by Farm Journal’s AgWeb will be helpful.  Link to full text of the legislation.   Link to a summary of the $340 billion supplemental appropriations.  Link to a section-by-section summary of the rest of the $2 trillion package, including tax, unemployment insurance health care, small-business loans, aid to airlines and other hard-hit industries.

In addition, U.S. Senate Democrats offer this six-page summary of the legislation:

State Council Endorses Two Bills


Vince Phillips 717-232-9665

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.

They are:

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.

Farm Bureau’s Rotz Receives Dedication Award


Vince Phillips 717-232-9665

HARRISBURG…The State Council of Farm Organizations (PSCFO) announced that Roel B. Rotz, Manager, PA Farm Bureau’s Government Affairs & Communications Division, is the recipient of the PSCFO 2020 Dedication to Agriculture Award.

This annual honor is bestowed on an individual who has devoted him or herself to promoting the interests of farmers and the understanding by consumers of the importance of agricultural production.

Joel Rotz directs the Government Affairs & Communications Division which is responsible for PA Farm Bureau’s lobbying and communications programs. It works to implement PFB policy objectives in state and national legislative and regulatory activities. It also provides members with information to aid in their involvement in policy development and implementation efforts and informs the public on issues crucial to agriculture and rural life. In addition, the division assists with the marketing of member programs and builds productive working relationships with the news media and other groups.

During his tenure at the PA Farm Bureau, he has chalked up many legislative achievements for farmers, some of which are:

  • — Passage of legislation protecting the farmer’s right to farm from punitive local ordinances
  • — Multiple improvements to Clean & Green resulting in lower tax assessments for land used for hunting, agri-entertainment, and energy production
  • — Passage of a new law effectively eliminating the state Inheritance Tax for working family farms
  • — Key changes in the Vehicle Code, one of which allows larger, modern farm equipment to travel on roads

In part because of his twenty years owning and operating a dairy farm in Franklin County, Rotz is also the PFB’s Dairy Specialist.  He has been with the PA Farm Bureau since 1995.


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.






AG ONE Newsletter January 1, 2020


The PA State Council of Farm Organizations (PSCFO) is meeting on Tuesday February 4 at the State Capitol.  This is also the day when Governor Tom Wolf presents a proposed budget for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2020.  The date of our meeting underscores the importance of Agriculture receiving necessary state resources.  PSCFO members attending the Council meeting will hear presentations on public policy issues, receive updates from institutions of higher learning and maybe, we will get a peek at some of the proposals that build on last year’s successful passage of the PA Farm Bill.

Here are times and locations for February 4.

10:00 – 12:00 noon    Board of Directors    Room 4 East Wing (conference room adjacent to Rep. Mike Tobash’ office)

1:00 – 3:30 p.m.         Council meeting in Room 31-B near the cafeteria and below the Main Rotunda)

4:30 -6:30 p.m.           Cornucopia: A Taste of Pennsylvania Legislative Reception held in the Main Rotunda on the west side of the Capitol Complex. 


The House voted December 17, 2019 for two dairy aid bills sponsored by Rep. John Lawrence (R-Chester).  House Bill 1223 establishes regional Keystone Opportunity Dairy Zones (KOZs) to provide tax breaks for those investing in milk processing facilities.  House Bill 1224 authorizes the PA Milk Marketing Board (PMMB) to work with the Revenue Department to more accurately identify retail milk sales.  By law, PA has a minimum retail price which includes monies which should go to PA dairy farmers.  It is hard to track the money; hence the need for HB 1224.  Rep. Lawrence spoke to PSCFO at its November meeting.  HB 1223 and HB 1224 were referred to the Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee on December 26.


Legislation setting up standards for telemedicine has stalled despite an initial Senate vote of 47-1.  At issue was language added in the House which was interpreted as restricting access to abortion services.  Contrasted to the Senate vote, the House split 111-77 on the bill. Senate Bill 857 (Vogel-R-Beaver) is especially important to rural areas with smaller numbers of health care providers and longer distances to go when receiving medical care.  Telemedicine is seen as a way to provide better access to treatment.  The bill includes a requirement that health insurance companies reimburse health care providers for both in-person and telemedicine services without discriminating against telemedicine claims payments.  In addition, SB 857 specifically prohibits health insurers from disallowing payment solely because a health care service is provided by telemedicine.

It was referred to the Senate Rules & Executive Nominations Committee. Following is a link to the latest version of the bill.  Click on Printers Number 1388.

SELECTED FARM SHOW ITEMS  A full Farm Show schedule is available at   There are several events that involve legislative policy affecting rural Pennsylvanians:

  • Tuesday 1:00 p.m. Erie Room:  Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing on implementation of the PA Farm Bill.
  • Wednesday 9:00 a.m. in the Allegheny Room:  House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee hearing on issues of concern to several agriculture groups including PA Farm Bureau, PA State Grange, PA Assn. for Sustainable Agriculture, PA Farmers Union, and PennAg Industries Association.
  • Wednesday 9:00 a.m. in the Erie Room: Informational briefing on the Chesapeake Bay held by the Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee.
  • Thursday 9:00 a.m. in the Monongahela Room:  A panel discussion on rural Broadband access convened by PA State Grange.


Sponsored by Rep. Dawn Keefer (R-York), House Bill 1772 was signed into law by Governor Wolf as Act 103 of 2019 on November 27.  This law gives property owners the option of using purple paint as an alternative to traditional no trespassing signs.  Paint strips may be applied to trees or fence posts. Strips must be at least 8” long and 1” wide between three and five feet off the ground.  The new law takes effect January 27, 2020.


  • Dr. MeeCee Baker (Versant Strategies) was honored as an outstanding woman in the profession of Agricultural Education during the National FFA’s convention.
  • Carol Ann Gregg of Mercer County was presented with PA Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Women in Agriculture Award at PFB’s annual convention.


The PSCFO Dedication to Agriculture Award deadline for applications is January 15, 2020 with the presentation made at the February 4 Cornucopia reception in the Main Rotunda.  Details: 717-232-9665 or

AG ONE Newsletter August 20, 2019

Dear Reader:  Maybe this should be re-titled “The Calendar Issue” of the AG ONE Newsletter.

~  Please note September 16, 2019 as the meeting date for the PA State Council of Farm Organizations with a Board meeting at 10:00 a.m. and a Council meeting at 1:00 p.m.  It will be held in room 309 in the PA Department of Agriculture Building at 2201 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110 – Details to follow.

~  Please spread the word to those producers with whom you have contact.  PSCFO and USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) with the active support of the PA Department of Agriculture are sponsoring a seminar on Crop Insurance and Risk Management on Thursday September 12, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.  The event is being hosted by the MidAtlantic Farm Credit office at  15 Eby Chiquel Road in Mt. Joy, PA 17552 (Lancaster County).  Details:  717-728-1217, or

 Sincerely, Vince Phillips



The Senate Communications & Technology Committee is holding three hearings in September to discuss improving access to high-speed Broadband Internet in the Commonwealth.

  • September 3 Monroe County Safety Center in Stroudsburg, PA
  • September 5 Penn State Fayette Eberly Campus in Lemont Furnace, PA
  • September 23 at the State Capitol in Harrisburg

Achieving universal access to Broadband is a major priority of the PA State Council of Farm Organizations.  Details:  Chloe Mandara, Esq., Office of Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), Majority Chair, Senate Communications & Technology Committee.  717-787-7085; .


The Center for Dairy Excellence, PA Department of Agriculture and dairy groups are spearheading two significant dairy events in PA this September.  First is the Dairy Financial & Risk Management Conference September 11, 2019.  Held at the Central Penn College in Summerdale, PA, bankers, credit managers, and financial consultants will receive briefings on the status of the Dairy Industry given market dynamics and will receive guidance on how to help dairy farmers develop business plans and implement best practices management.  In addition, Dairy Farmers of America’s Risk Management team will discuss risk management strategies for dairy farmers.    Registration deadline is September 6.  Details: .

The second event is the All-American Dairy Show September 14-18 at the PA Farm Show Complex.  The All-American Dairy Show runs concurrently with the PA Holstein Fall Championship Show and the Eastern National Holstein Show.  A highlight this year is the 2019 Pennsylvania On-Farm Dairy Innovation Forum which will showcase opportunities for on-farm dairy processing, marketing, the PA Dairy Investment Program as well as Dairy Check-Off Resources.  The Forum will take place September 17.  Details: Melissa Anderson, 717-346-0849,  or .


The 19th Crop Insurance Conference takes place at the Farm Show Complex, Maclay Street entrance, on August 28.  Some program highlights:

  • Federal Crop Insurance Update (USDA Risk Management Agency)
  • Farm Services Agency Update
  • PA Farm Bill and Managing Risks
  • Risk Management Checklist

In addition, the PA Farm Bureau will brief attendees on Federal legislation and the Center for Dairy Excellence will discuss dairy profitability in these challenging times.  USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Survey will present results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture.  Details:  Laura England


The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Small Business Advantage Grant is taking applications.  Qualifiers are small businesses (100 or fewer employees) undertaking energy efficiency, pollution prevention or natural resource conservation projects.  These are matching grants of up to $7,000 and eligible projects must save the business at least $500 per year and at least 25% in annual energy consumption or pollution-related expenses.  Details:  DEP Small Business Ombudsman Office; 717-772-5160.


  • August 28, 2019 is the submission deadline for nominations to the PA Beef Council Board of Directors.
  • September 1, 2019 is the date by which farmers seeking to enter the 2019 PA Soybean Contest must register.  Last year’s winner had a yield of 88.75 bushels per acre. Details:
  • On September 4, 2019, the PA Milk Marketing Board is convening a hearing for all milk marketing areas in Harrisburg.  Testimony is being received on Over-Order Premium.  Location is in room 110, PA Department of Agriculture.  Details: .
  • The Center for Dairy Excellence is seeking nominations for a seat on its Board of Directors.  Nominees must be dairy producers from southeast Pennsylvania and nominations must be received by October 1, 2019.  Details: Jayne Sebright .

OFFICE NEWS:  EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1st, the new office address for the PA State Council of Farm Organizations will be 3610 Kent Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050.  Although the telephone number will remain 717-232-9665, it is strongly recommended that you use 717-728-1217 for the first two weeks of the month so as to make sure that the technology transfer is complete.

AG ONE Newsletter December 2, 2018

Dear Reader:

Please mark February 5, 2019, on your calendar.  It will be the PA State Council of Farm Organizations Capitol Hill meeting and will coincide with Governor Tom Wolf’s Budget Address to the General Assembly.  There, he will present his Administration’s State Budget priorities.  Agriculture did pretty well in the current budget.  On February 5, we will know what funding  battles will be fought by the Agriculture Community.  Also, although program details are not locked in, we traditionally have the Secretary of Agriculture, Executive Directors of the House and Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committees, and the Ag institutions — Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, Delaware Valley University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. This will be followed by the heralded Cornucopia Legislative Reception in the Capitol’s Main Rotunda. .  Sincerely, Vince Phillips



The PA State Council of Farm Organizations has initiated the PSCFO Dedication to Agriculture Award to be presented to an individual February 5, 2019.  Nominations must be endorsed by a PSCFO member organization.  Nomination criteria for the award must be based on one or more of the following:

  • Service with a significant economic or social impact on rural Pennsylvania
  • Service generally affecting PA Agriculture
  • Service making a vital difference in one component of PA Agriculture such as for a specific commodity
  • Unheralded accomplishment with limited public awareness
  • Public Service performed at the local, state, or national level providing a meaningful contribution/benefit to agriculture
  • Service providing a greater awareness of agriculture’s importance to the general public

Nominees must be Pennsylvanians by birth or residence.  The nomination period runs from December 10, 2018 to January 15, 2019.  Details:, 717-232-9665


On November 27, the PA Department of Agriculture announced that it is taking applications for sixty 2019 industrial hemp research permits.  This is the third year for this program authorized by the Farm Bill.  As Secretary Redding told the State Council of Farm Organizations at its November meeting, hemp research expanded in PA from 70 acres in 2017 to 720 acres in 2018 with plans for 6,000 acres in 2019.  He pointed to industrial hemp’s many uses for fiber and food grade oil and expressed hope that the 2018 Farm Bill would remove barriers to wider production.  Deadline for applications is December 17, 2018.  Details:  717-787-4843, Bureau of Plant Industry.


PA Wine Board is seeking applications for grants to conduct promotion, marketing, and sale of wines, enhance the wine industry and benefit wine producers in Pennsylvania.  Deadline for proposals is January 18, 2019.  Details:  Patrick Andrews,


Rick Leese has been named to the PSCFO Board, replacing Dan Leese whose family moved to China.  Representing the PA Farm Bureau, Rick is a Fulton County farmer raising beef cattle and vegetables as well as hog finishing.  Earlier, Colleen Hershey was appointed to fill the term of Amy Bradford who had a job change.  Colleen represents PennAg Industries Association.


There are numerous events scheduled in December by various agricultural groups.

  • December 11-12, PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is presenting a two-day intensive workshop for experienced growers seeking to enter wholesale or institutional (hospitals/businesses, etc.) markets.  Location: Gibsonia, Allegheny County.  Details:
  • Other PASA vegetable grower meetings are December 11 in Easton, Northampton County  on future planning and December 17 in Kintnersville, Bucks County, on Biologic Controls for Better Pest Management
  • December 11, PA Farmers Union presents the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Grower Certification Training in Gibsonia.  Details:
  • December 12, Penn State Extension Dairy Team offers a free workshop on consistent milking practices that emphasize cleanliness, udder stimulation, etc. in Huntingdon.  Details: 877-345-0691
  • December 12, Penn State Extension Ag Issues Breakfast in Gettysburg will examine Agriculture Labor Law and the Temporary Agricultural Guest Worker Program (H-2 Program).  Details: Daniel Weber 717-334-6271 or
  • Dec. 12 – Dec. 20, Penn State Extension and the PA Soybean Board are presenting soybean production workshops at Delaware Valley University, Pleasant Gap, Beaver, and Dauphin, PA.  Details: 877-345-0691


  • Incumbent Republican Senator ‘Tommy’ Tomlinson’s (Bucks) is now the official winner of the 2018 election by 74 votes out of over 100,000 votes cast. Democratic challenger Tina Davis brought legal action to have additional absentee votes counted but was rebuffed by the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas.  Davis still retains her seat in the PA House.
  • Incumbent Republican Rep. Bud Cook’s (Washington/Fayette) lead shrank to 11 votes after provisional ballots were examined.
  • Pa Senate Republicans are seeking proof of residency in PA for Democrat Lindsay Williams who took the seat held by former Allegheny County Senator Randy Vulakovich. At issue is whether Williams met the constitutional requirement of four years residency, possibly having resided in Maryland for part of that time.

IN MEMORIUM…Former PA Representative Vincent Biancucci (D-Beaver) passed away at the age of 78.  He succeeded Nick Colafella in that position and served 2002 through 2008.