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State funds grants to address Pa’s projected agricultural workforce shortage

According to Gov. Wolf’s office, over the next 10 years, the state will reach a shortage of 75,000 agriculture workers. $500,000 in state grants, part of the Pennsylvania Farm Bill, will fund 55 projects in 25 counties that aim to improve access to agriculture education in the commonwealth in order to lessen the projected worker shortage.

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Gov. Wolf talks mental health care with visit to Lehigh Valley

Pennsylvania’s need for increased access to mental health care was the focus of Gov. Wolf’s visit to the Lehigh Valley on Jan. 3.  As part of a new mental health initiative called Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters, Wolf spoke with mental health advocates, providers, legislators, and others at a roundtable at Muhlenberg College in Allentown.

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Report: Trump tariffs cost Pa. $1.17B

Pennsylvanians have paid $1.17 billion in import taxes on products subject to the Trump administration’s tariffs in its ongoing trade dispute with China, according to the latest Tariff Tracker produced by Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a nonprofit coalition of trade advocacy groups.

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State announces application period for 2020 hemp program

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is preparing for the state’s second year of commercial-scale hemp production, and will begin accepting applications from growers and processors to participate in the 2020 hemp program. Last year was the first that Pennsylvania’s farmers could grow and process hemp commercially, following passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which allowed ...

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