Wednesday: Senators to Outline Details of “Farming First” Package

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Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Chair Elder Vogel (R-47) and Senate Republicans will hold a Capitol news conference at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, to discuss Senate passage of the “Farming First” legislative package.

The event will be held in Soldiers Grove, behind the State Capitol’s East Wing.

The seven-bill package is focused on helping Pennsylvania agricultural operations remain competitive and profitable for current and future generations of farmers.

Vogel will be joined by Senators Ryan Aument (R-36), Jake Corman (R-34), Wayne Langerholc (R-35), Judy Ward (R-30), and Gene Yaw (R-23) and members of the agriculture community.

Senate Committee Approves Aument’s Bill Supporting Agritourism Activities

 

HARRISBURG – The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee approved a bill today that would support farmers who want to host agritourism events like hayrides, farm tours and corn mazes, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Ryan Aument (R-36).

Many farmers are turning to agritourism events to generate additional revenue, Aument said. However, some farm owners who participate in the state’s farmland preservation program may be prevented from hosting these activities depending on how they are defined and regulated by county farmland preservation boards.

Senate Bill 583 would set uniform standards allowing agritourism on all farms protected by the state farmland preservation program.

“Agritourism activities highlight our Commonwealth’s rich agricultural heritage, which benefits the entire community,” Aument said. “We should continue to support the farmers who want to offer these educational and family-friendly events.”

Aument’s bill is part of the Farming First package of bills that are designed to support Pennsylvania’s top industry. Additional information about Farming First is available at www.SenatorAument.com. 

Contact: Stephanie Buchanan (717) 787-4420