Bill Signing, Economy, National Issues, Press Release, Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today commended the U.S. House and Senate for approving the federal Farm Bill, legislation that provides funding and guidelines for farm and food programs in the United States.“The Farm Bill is critical to ensuring that the agriculture industry and all who depend on it have access to the programs, supports, and services needed to continue operations,” said Governor Wolf. “Provisions that will protect our workforce, expand our opportunities, and preserve our industry are welcomed and appreciated. My administration has made significant investments in agriculture, and Pennsylvania is primed to capitalize on those investments. The addition of the passage of this legislation will further position us for future success.”The legislation contains a number of positive aspects for Pennsylvania agriculture. Two provisions are particularly notable. The first strengthens support for dairy farmers by offering reduced premiums and new coverage levels for milk produced under the new Dairy Risk Management program. The second removes hemp as a schedule 1 drug under federal law, allowing states to create programs for the cultivation of hemp for commercial purposes.“Support for Pennsylvania’s farmers – whether dairy, organic, or vegetable – is made readily available in the approved Farm Bill,” said Sec. Redding. “What’s more, the provisions found within the bill also include support for low-income Pennsylvanians, consumers, the environment, and our communities.”Redding also praised aspects of the final bill related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which maintains current requirements for recipients, and includes language that would provide permanent funding of programs that support farmers markets and organic farmers. He also applauded increases in funding for conservation efforts and workforce and education opportunities, and continued support for programs that help rural communities and businesses thrive, including broadband access and local food systems. Additionally, the legislation includes protections for crop insurance, helping farmers purchase policies to protect them from devastating weather conditions. The Farm Bill also includes a significant increase in federal funding for farmland preservation nationwide through the federal Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), with Pennsylvania poised to access these funds over the next four years.Finally, the bill includes $20 million for a Farm-to-Food Bank program modeled after Pennsylvania’s successful Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS). This program provides an efficient mechanism for the agricultural industry to donate safe, wholesome food products while being reimbursed for the costs involved in harvesting, processing, packaging, and transportation.Over the past four years, the Wolf Administration has invested more than $50 million in agriculture-related economic development projects; increased support for workforce development and agricultural education to help prepare students and workers for the thousands of anticipated job openings in the industry over the next decade; and signed historic legislation that has created new markets for farmers and lowered their tax burdens. The administration is working to expand broadband access to hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, creating jobs while improving infrastructure statewide, especially in rural communities.Learn more about Pennsylvania’s strategies and investments in growing the agriculture and food industry at agriculture.pa.gov. Pennsylvania Applauds Bi-Partisan Approval of Federal Farm Bill SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 13, 2018
January 10, 2019 Governor Wolf Announces Creation of Nearly 80 New Jobs Through Expansion of CorrChoice LLC SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy, Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced that CorrChoice LLC, a producer of industrial corrugated paper packaging products, will expand in central Pennsylvania. The project, supported through state funding, is expected to create 79 jobs in the Dauphin and Lebanon County area.“We’re proud that CorrChoice has selected Pennsylvania as the location for its expansion,” Governor Wolf said. “This expansion will bring nearly 80 manufacturing jobs to the central part of the state. Projects like this demonstrate that Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector is on the rise.”CorrChoice will expand into a 350,000-square-foot facility in Derry Township at the border of Dauphin and Lebanon counties. The project will enable the company to expand its corrugated cardboard sheet feeder network and improve its response time. CorrChoice has pledged to invest more than $30 million into the expansion project, which is expected to create 79 new jobs and retain a further 97 jobs in Pennsylvania.“This investment enables us to continue our growth with existing strategic customers while providing more responsive service on a broader range of products,” said Tim Bergwall, Group President, Paper Packaging & Services at Greif, Inc., the parent company of CorrChoice. “This latest CorrChoice expansion better positions us to provide a comprehensive supply of containerboard, sheets, and specialty products to corrugated converters in the Mid-Atlantic Region.”CorrChoice received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $200,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $158,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon the creation of new jobs, and $35,550 in job training funding through WEDnetPA for workforce development. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.CorrChoice and its parent company, Greif, Inc., are global producers of steel, plastic and fibre drums, intermediate bulk containers, reconditioned containers, flexible products, containerboard, and packaging accessories.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.