mabec news Wolf signs bills to help ag marketing, foster young farmers

Legislation to help Pennsylvania agriculture was signed into law Monday, including measures to foster younger farmers, help clean water going into Chesapeake Bay and expand butchering services for small farmers.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed eight related farm bills in a Capitol ceremony, flanked by the state presidents of the Future Farmers of America and the 4-H.

The $23 million initiative includes funding for agricultural business development, marketing, educational programs and conservation practices.

Money will also go to encourage specialty products such as hardwood, hemp and hops, and to build agricultural infrastructure in urban areas. More>>