Order of Quarantine and Treatment: Spotted Lanternfly

On May 26, 2018 an “Order of Quarantine and Treatment: Spotted Lanternfly” was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. This quarantine and treatment order affects those in the 13 quarantined counties and involves permitting of regulated articles. 

Click here to download an informational piece explaining the quarantine and treatment order and who is affected by the permitting requirement.


Click here to download an informational piece regarding the permitting process itself. 


Contact information for resources at the PA Department of Agriculture and Penn State are provided within the documents, for those with questions or needing clarification for specific situations. This permit requirement ensures precautionary measures are utilized to prevent the spread of this invasive species.

CERCLA Reporting Updates

       Due to legislative changes in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Omnibus Bill), “air emissions from animal waste at a farm” are exempt from reporting under CERCLA. On May 2, 2018, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its mandate vacating the 2008 final rule. However, farms will remain exempt from the CERCLA reporting requirements as a result of the FARM Act. Additionally, these types of releases do not need to be reported under EPCRA. Click here for additional information.

In the same Omnibus Bill was a provision that declares “the use of electronic logging devices by operators of commercial motor vehicles… transporting livestock” will not be required during federal fiscal year 2018, which runs from Oct. 1 2017 to Sept. 30 2018.  Thus, the most recent ELD exemption covering livestock haulers issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be extended.

PennAg Welcomes New Leadership; Evaluates Impacts of Climate Change

Despite the wintry conditions of spring’s second day, PennAg Industries Association hosted its 140th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at the Spooky Nook Complex in Manheim, Pennsylvania. Themed Water: Evaluating Impacts to Successful Agribusiness, the event was held just prior to World Water Day. We thank those who supported PennAg by sponsoring, advertising, or attending the event.

During the Annual Business meeting, PennAg leadership changed hands as outgoing President Mr. Taylor Doebler, III (Local Seed Co.) handed over the presidential gavel to Mr. Scott Bailey (Wenger Feeds). We welcome Mr. Bailey as the new president of the PennAg Board of Directors and look forward to a year with new ideas and fresh perspective on the challenges and changes within the agriculture industry.

Dr. Mike Hoffmann, Executive Director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, served as keynote speaker for the event. Titled “Climate Change: What It Means for Agriculture and Food Security,” Dr. Hoffmann’s presentation derailed typical assumptions about climate change and focused on the impacts it poses for agriculture and food security, both locally and globally. (For those who registered to attend the Annual Meeting, a link to Dr. Hoffmann's presentation is available. Please contact Kelly Caldwell at kcaldwell@pennag.com for the link.)
Biosecurity Training

What is Biosecurity? In the context of animal agriculture, biosecurity is a series of management steps and practices implemented to prevent the introduction of infectious agents into a herd or flock, the spread of these agents through the herd, and out of the herd to other herds or flocks. A biosecurity plan may involve screening and testing incoming animals, some sort of quarantine or isolation procedures for newly purchased or returning animals, and some type of monitoring or evaluation system for early detection of disease. Once an infectious agent is in a herd or flock a similar but slightly different set of management practices are employed to prevent the infectious agent from leaving the farm in animals or products.

Why is Biosecurity Important?
Biosecurity is important for a number of reasons. First, it is an essential aspect of on-farm food safety programs. Keeping food products wholesome and of highest quality is important for the health and well-being of consumers. This helps to ensure consumer demand for product, and therefore ultimately the profitability of animal agriculture enterprises. Secondly, biosecurity should help keep animal healthy and more productive. This benefits the farming community through greater efficiency and profitability, as well as the animals through experiencing less disease. Finally, a vibrant agricultural community is a positive influence on the economy of our state and nation, and an important resource in maintaining a healthy environment.

PennAg and partners have developed a training module to provide an overview on farm etiquette basics, procedures necessary to protect farms when working on or near animal and food supplies, and ways to work with farmers to ensure project success.

Visit https://biosecuritytraining.learnupon.com/store and click on the Biosecurity Training module -  available for the small fee of $15/person. Simply add it to your cart and the website works you through the rest of the process of creating an account. Those who successfully complete the module will receive a certificate of completion following the course.

Introducing PennAg Prime
PennAg Prime is an exclusive PennAg-endorsed insurance program for members. It delivers coverage packages specifically designed to address the needs of all aspects of agriculture and food processing. PennAg Prime is offered through the agencies of The Insurance Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, the premier group of independent agencies in Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.
Interested in learning more about PennAg Prime? Please contact Nicole Cassel at ncassel@pennag.com or 717-651-5920 today!
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Information

Visit the PennAg Poultry Council page for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza information and updates.

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Joint Meeting: Transportation Committee / Feed, Grain & Allied Industry Council - December 12
Join us on Wednesday, December 12 for a joint meeting of the PennAg Transportation Committee and the PennAg Feed, Grain & Allied Industry Council. Topics include: Where Will You Find Your Next Driver and/or Mechanic?; Getting More Out of Your Fleet - Ideas on Fuel Efficiency, Maintenance; Legal Ease: Mistakes Your Can Prevent Before Costing You Money; as well as a federal update on electronic logging devices, an update on the spotted lanternfly (PA Department of Agriculture), and an update from PennDOT and the State Police. Download a registration form, or visit http://www.cvent.com/d/6gqs7s to register online today!

Keystone Pork Expo / Poultry Progress Day - February 20

September 19

PennAg Poultry Council Executive Committee Meeting
9 a.m.
(Room 202, PA Dept. of Agriculture)

September 19
PennAg Swine Council Meeting
9 a.m.
(PennAg Office)

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