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Pennsylvania Applauds Bi-Partisan Approval of Federal Farm Bill

first_img 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 Twittercenter_img December 13, 2018last_img read more

The suburb south of Brisbane where homes almost sell themselves

first_img39-41 Rangeview St Rochedale South is on the market now.Although the suburb appears to be popular with buyers, it is still very affordable with the current median house price sitting at $510,000. As well as quick sales, the suburb had the highest amount of house sales across the Albert and Logan region with 250 over the last 12 months. Price growth has also been healthy at 4 per cent over 12 months, but this paled when compared to nearby suburbs which grew at much stronger rates. Park Ridge has seen a median house price boom of 16.2 per cent over the same period while Slacks Creek’s median grew by 8.4 per cent. 76 Parfrey Road Rochedale SouthHOMES in Rochedale South are the quickest to sell across the region, according to data from CoreLogic.Houses in the suburb have the lowest median days on market for any suburb across the Albert and Logan region, at just 20 days.It is one of the faster suburbs across with the Brisbane region with just 20 suburbs having fewer median days on market. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The suburb borders Springwood, Underwood and Rochedale, and has easy access to Brisbane and the Gold Coast via the Pacific Motorway. last_img read more

Patriots star Tom Brady reacts to Rob Gronkowski’s retirement announcement

first_img NFL players take to Twitter to congratulate Rob Gronkowski after retirement announcement Tom Brady praised Rob Gronkowski shortly after the star tight end announced his retirement.The 29-year-old Gronkowski posted to Instagram Sunday he was stepping away from the field after nine seasons with the Patriots. “Love u man!!!” the longtime Patriots quarterback wrote. “The (G.O.A.T)!! Couldn’t be a better person or teammate.” “It’s time to move forward and move forward with a big smile on my face knowing that the New England Patriots organization, Pats nation and all my fans will truly be a big part of my heart for the rest of my life,” Gronkowski’s message read in part. “It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great, established organization.”Brady quickly responded to Gronkowski. Related News Tom Brady reacts to Gronk’s retirement: pic.twitter.com/7g0P6H3j2h— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 24, 2019Gronkowski, who struggled with injuries throughout his career, won three Super Bowls and made five Pro Bowls during his time with New England.Gronkowski finishes his career with 521 regular-season catches for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns. He retires as the Patriots’ career leader in touchdowns and is tied for the second-most receiving scores in playoff history.Brady is expected to return to New England for his 20th season.last_img read more