Informational Meeting on Enhancing Meat Processing Opportunities in PA

Joint Informational Meeting

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 | 10:00 a.m.

Red Barn Annex
Ag Progress Days, Pennsylvania Furnace, PA

Schedule

Informational Meeting on Enhancing Meat Processing Opportunities in PA

Agenda

10:00 a.m. – Opening Remarks by Committee Chairmen and Member Introductions

10:05 a.m. – Presentation: Enhancing Meat Processing Opportunities in Pennsylvania

Dr. Jonathan Campbell, Associate Professor of Animal Science and Statewide Meat Specialist
College of Agricultural Sciences
Penn State Butcher School

Daniel Brockett, Assistant State Program Leader for the Energy, Business, and Community Vitality Team
Penn State Extension

10:25 a.m. – Penn State 2021 Butcher School Apprentices:

Nick Oman
Parker Bell
Cash Sprankle

10:45 a.m.

Russell C. Redding, Secretary
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

11:05 a.m. – Questions

11:30 a.m. – Adjourn

Very Small Meat and Poultry Processor Reimbursement Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

HARRISBURG – The application period for the Very Small Meat and Poultry Processor Reimbursement Grant Program opened today at 8 a.m. and will close at 5 p.m. on Sept. 26, 2022, according to Sen. Elder Vogel (R-47), chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.

The funding can be used for the start-up costs associated with meeting federal inspection and certification guidelines for very small meat processors, defined by state law as entities with sales of less than $2.5 million and less than ten employees, either in existence or that plan to meet such criteria once established.

Applicants can submit their application through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Single Application for Assistance online application system at www.esa.dced.state.pa.us

Questions about the program and application process should be directed to Joshua Scheinberg at jscheinber@pa.gov

CONTACT:               Cara Laudenslager      claudenslager@pasen.gov

Meeting to consider SB 1289

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 9:30 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461


AGENDA

Meeting to consider SB 1289

Schedule

SB 1289 P.N. 1785 (Vogel) – Amends Dog Law to provide for dog and kennel license fee updates and make changes to other provisions of the law.

  • Amendment A04915 (Vogel) – Removes incorrect language.

Senate Ag Committee Considers Very Small Meat Processing Grant Program Update, Horse Racing Regulations Legislation

HARRISBURG – The Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee reported out two bills during a voting meeting held Tuesday in the state Capitol, according to Committee Chair Sen. Elder Vogel (R-47).

The bills that received unanimous committee approval were:

  • Senate Bill 1236 (Sen. Vogel) – Amends Title 3 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to make several updates to the Very Small Meat Processor Federal Inspection Reimbursement Grant Program. Prior to final committee consideration, this legislation was amended to update and clarify definitions and provisions within the bill.
  • Senate Bill 1237 (Sen. Vogel) – Amends Title 3 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to extend the existing temporary horse racing regulations by three years and provide the Horse Racing Commission the authority to issue temporary regulations in compliance with forthcoming federal regulations.

A video recording of the meeting can be found on the committee website.

CONTACT:                  Cara Laudenslager                    claudenslager@pasen.gov

Meeting to consider SB 1236 and SB 1237

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

May 24, 2022 | 12:30 p.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461


Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 1236 and SB 1237

Schedule

SB 1236 P.N. 1650 (Vogel)—Amends Title 3 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes to make several updates to the Very Small Meat
Processor Federal Inspection Reimbursement Grant Program.

  • Amendment A04288 (Vogel)—Updates and clarifies definitions and
    provisions in the bill.

SB 1237 P.N. 1654 (Vogel)— Amends Title 3 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes to extend the existing temporary horse racing
regulations by three years and provide the Horse Racing Commission the
authority to issue temp

Joint Public Hearing on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

Joint Public Hearing of the

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs and Game and Fisheries Committees

on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 | 9:00 a.m.

Hearing Room 1, NOB

Agenda

Joint Public Hearing on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

Schedule

9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

  • Senator Laughlin, Majority Chair, Game & Fisheries
  • Senator Vogel, Majority Chair, Agriculture & Rural Affairs
  • Senator Brewster, Minority Chair, Game & Fisheries
  • Senator Schwank, Minority Chair, Agriculture & Rural Affairs

9:10 a.m.

Dr. Erick Gagne, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Disease Ecology
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Wildlife Futures Program

Dr. Michelle Gibison, Manager of Research Projects
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Wildlife Futures Program

Testimony

9:40 a.m.

Dr. Richard Roush, Dean
College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State University

Calvin Norman, Forestry and Wildlife Extension Educator
Penn State Extension

Testimony

10:10 a.m.

Darell Rowledge, Director – Testimony
Alliance for Public Wildlife

10:40 a.m.

Closing Remarks and Adjournment

Senate Ag Committee Report Out 4 Bills, Including Agricultural Commodity Indemnity Fund, Whole Milk in PA Schools Legislation

HARRISBURG – The Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee has reported out four bills to the full Senate, according to committee chairman Sen. Elder Vogel (R-47).

The four bills are:

  • Senate Bill 907 (Sen. Yaw) – Creating the Animal Welfare Board. The committee approved an amendment to the bill regarding members of the board.
  • Senate Bill 960 (Sen. J. Ward) – Repeals Act 215 of 1965, The Frozen Dessert Law, and amends Title 3 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes with Frozen Dessert Safety sanitation standards and related penalties.
  • Senate Bill 1032 (Sen. Schwank) – Amends Title 3 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to create the Agricultural Commodity Indemnity Fund, providing for licensing and regulation of agricultural commodity handlers, including penalties and enforcement.
  • Senate Bill 1181 (Sen. Brooks) – Creates the Whole Milk in Pennsylvania Schools Act to allow Pennsylvania milk to be purchased for consumption in the commonwealth’s schools.

CLICK HERE for video of the committee meeting.

CONTACT:                  Cara Laudenslager                    claudenslager@pasen.gov

 

 

 

Senate Ag Committee to Consider 4 Bills, Including Agricultural Commodity Indemnity Fund Legislation

HARRISBURG – The Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee will hold a voting meeting at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in Room 461 of the Main Capitol Building to consider the following legislation:

  • Senate Bill 907 (Sen. Yaw) – Creating the Animal Welfare Board. An amendment – A03845 (Yaw) – is planned, which would update and clarify members of the board.
  • Senate Bill 960 (Sen. J. Ward) – Repeals Act 215 of 1965, The Frozen Dessert Law, and amends Title 3 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes with Frozen Dessert Safety sanitation standards and related penalties.
  • Senate Bill 1032 (Sen. Schwank) – Amends Title 3 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to create the Agricultural Commodity Indemnity Fund, providing for licensing and regulation of agricultural commodity handlers, including penalties and enforcement.
  • Senate Bill 1181 (Sen. Brooks) – Creates the Whole Milk in Pennsylvania Schools Act to allow Pennsylvania milk to be purchased for consumption in the Commonwealth’s schools.

The meeting will be streamed live on the committee website.

CONTACT:                  Cara Laudenslager                    claudenslager@pasen.gov

Meeting to SB 907, SB 960, SB 1032 and SB 1181

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 | 12:30 p.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461

Agenda

Meeting to consider bills

Schedule

Senate Bill 907 P.N. 1151 (Yaw)—Creates a fifteen-member Animal Welfare Board to review related laws and regulations and make recommendations to the General Assembly.

  • Amendment A03845 (Yaw)—Updates and clarifies members of the board.

Senate Bill 960 P.N. 1249 (J. Ward)—Repeals Act 215 of 1965, The Frozen Dessert Law, and amends Title 3 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes with Frozen Dessert Safety sanitation standards and related penalties.

Senate Bill 1032 P.N. 1340 (Schwank)—Amends Title 3 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to create the Agricultural Commodity Indemnity Fund, providing for licensing and regulation of agricultural commodity handlers, including penalties and enforcement.

Senate Bill 1181 P.N. 1537 (Brooks)—Creates the Whole Milk in Pennsylvania Schools Act to allow Pennsylvania milk to be purchased for consumption in the Commonwealth’s schools

Joint Hearing Receives Testimony About Chronic Wasting Disease

BEDFORD – A joint hearing about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was held in Bedford, PA, on Wednesday, Feb.9 by the Senate’s Game and Fisheries and Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees, according to committee chairs Sen. Dan Laughlin, R-49, and Sen. Elder Vogel, R-47.

Since first being detected in Pennsylvania deer roughly a decade ago, CWD has spread to all or part of 27 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

The neurological disease affects members of the cervid family (deer, elk, moose, and reindeer/caribou). The abnormal proteins that cause CWD are shed in saliva, urine, and feces, meaning animals can be infected via animal-to-animal contact or through contaminated environments. CWD-infected animals might not show symptoms of the disease for 18 to 24 months, but all white-tailed deer and elk that contract CWD die, there are no exceptions.

The committee heard from several state officials and experts about CWD and what is currently being done to monitor and combat the expanding problem, as well as future efforts to address the disease.

Testimony was provided to the committee by Bryan Burhans, executive director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission; Kevin Brightbill, Pennsylvania’s state veterinarian and director of the Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services within the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture; Gregory Hostetter, the deputy secretary for Animal Health and Food Safety within the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture; Torin Miller, director of policy for the National Deer Association; Josh Newton, president of the Pennsylvania Deer Farmers Association; as well as other CWD experts.

Click on the following link for VIDEO of the full hearing.

The Alliance for Public Wildlife, a group of scientists and professionals whose stated goal is establishing, developing, promoting, and defending principles and policies that will ensure the conservation of North American wildlife, has produced documents examining the science behind CWD, the history and process of its spread, and the public policy implications and recommendations for dealing with it – click on the following links for the document The Challenge of CWD: Insidious and Dire, as well as a supplement to that analysis.

CONTACT:

Koty McGowan          kmcgowan@pasen.gov

Cara Laudenslager      claudenslager@pasen.gov