: The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), has scheduled a meeting to consider the following bills:
• House Bill 1348
(Rep. Barbara Gleim, R-Cumberland): Would protect agritourism business from lawsuits where no party is at fault for injuries or damages.
• House Bill 1514
(Rep. John Hershey, R-Juniata/Franklin/Mifflin): Would revise and reestablish the existing Healthy Farms Healthy Schools program into the PA Farm-to-School Program, to provide grants for improving childhood nutrition while increasing exposure to agriculture for children in Pre-K through fifth grade.
• House Bill 1516
(Rep. Martin Causer, R-Cameron/ McKean/Potter): Would create the Pennsylvania Rapid Response Disaster Readiness Account and allocate funding to the Department of Agriculture to facilitate a quick response to agricultural disasters.
• House Bill 1517
(Rep. David Zimmerman, R-Lancaster): Would provide the State Conservation Commission with the authority to prioritize projects and provide technical assistance and funding through a mix of grants, low-interest loans and tax credits.
• House Bill 1518
(Rep. Pam DeLissio, D-Philadelphia/Montgomery): Would reestablish the former Agriculture and Rural Youth Development Program into a new grant program to fund youth organizations that promote development in agriculture, community leadership, vocational training and peer fellowship.
• House Bill 1519
(Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Philadelphia): Would establish a state-level Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to invest in and encourage farming of high-priority crops like hemp, hops and hardwoods that are not eligible for the federal grants.
• House Bill 1520
(Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington): Would create a grant program to reimburse federal meat inspection costs for small or new processors.
• House Bill 1521
(Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne): Would amend the existing PA Preferred agricultural commodities marketing program to bolster enrollment in the veteran farmer Homegrown by Heroes Program.
• House Bill 1523
(Rep. Russ Diamond, R-Lebanon): Would establish the Pennsylvania Agricultural Business Development Center within the Department of Agriculture to serve as a resource to help every farmer create a business plan, transition plan or succession plan.
• House Bill 1526
(Rep. Rich Irvin, R-Huntingdon/Centre/Mifflin): Would reestablish a low-interest loan program administered by the State Conservation Commission in conjunction with lending institutions for the implementation of agricultural and conservation best management practices.
: Causer and members of the committee.
: Wednesday, June 5, at 9 a.m.
: B-31 Main Capitol Building.
: Barring technical difficulties, the meeting will be streamed live at RepCauser.com
Media contact: Patricia Hippler, 717.772.9846, firstname.lastname@example.org