Inside PDA

June 20, 2014

Message from George Greig
Secretary of Agriculture

In ag, we pride ourselves on growing food that feeds the world. But even as our farmers sell their plentiful crops to neighbors or buyers around the world, an estimated 842 million people worldwide go hungry. We in PA ag can’t change the world, but we’re improving life for Pennsylvanians. Kids and adults need the nutrition that milk provides from vitamins, minerals and protein. Food bank clients across the country often request milk, but there’s a nationwide shortage because milk is rarely donated. That's about to change. Thanks to a new partnership between gov’t, private business and nonprofits, central PA just yesterday implemented a pilot program to provide fresh milk, ready to drink, to the Central PA Food Bank. We saw the opportunity to get milk to those who need it, and took action. We brought together our partners at the Central PA Food Bank and Harrisburg Dairies. With additional help from the PA Assoc. of Milk Dealers, Mid-Atlantic Dairy Assoc., Center for Dairy Excellence and dairy farmers, we developed a fluid milk pilot program. This partnership lets us work toward the goal of a long-term, sustainable supply of milk in the food bank system. This could be the start of a nationwide movement to combat hunger. It certainly gives us something to celebrate this Dairy Month.


First Lady Cooks Up the Importance of Eating PA Veggies

In celebration of Nat’l Veggie Day, First Lady Susan Corbett and Gov.'s Residence Chef Barry Crumlich cooked up a healthy dish using PA Preferred™ vegetables with Good Day PA host Amy Kehm and shared the importance of including vegetables in your diet. Mrs. Corbett and Chef Barry spread the word about easily enjoying healthy, local foods, as they grilled up local in-season vegetables.


Dairy Month Celebration with Milkshakes at Capitol

Sec. Greig joined PA Preferred™, the PA Dairymen’s Assoc. and PennAg Industries to host a celebration of June Dairy Month at the PA State Capitol in Harrisburg Tuesday, helping to serve PA Farm Show milkshakes. The event sparks dialogue about the dairy industry and gives visitors a taste of next January’s Farm Show.


PA Hosts Foreign Direct Investment World Forum

Sec. Greig met with trade reps. from six countries to assist in expanding the market reach of PA products both domestically and internationally.For more than a decade CFOs, presidents and CEOs have come together once a year at The World Forum of Foreign Direct Investment. This year's conference was held this week in Philadelphia, where more than 300 delegates from across the world came to learn from world renowned speakers, and share potential partnership opportunities.


AADS Best Homebred Will Receive Trailer for a Year

The owner of the Supreme Champion Best Bred and Owned female will show off the accomplishments of the 2014 All-American Dairy Show for a year in the use of a new Eby trailer. This is the second year Eby is sponsoring the winner with a 24 ft long trailer noting the award winning title.


Did You Know?

The PA dairy industry is the fifth largest in the country and supports more than 60,000 jobs across the state.

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Animal Health

PDA's animal health staff will meet in Harrisburg next week, discussing how to keep PA's animals safe from dangerous transmissible disease threats.


Center for Dairy Excellence

Learn the latest on dairy markets with the “Protecting Your Profits” conference call Wednesday, June 25. Alan Zepp will give a national and global snapshot of the dairy industry today including LGM-Dairy margins results and opportunities.


Farm Show Complex

The complex makes another slam dunk as it transforms again, this time to host the U.S. Junior National Basketball tournament this weekend.


PA Preferred

Come to the PA Farmers’ Open Air Market at the Farm Show Complex next Friday and join Sec. Grieg and Centerplate Chef Casey to grill up a delicious mushroom and blue cheeseburger.



Gov. Corbett signed the historic Chesapeake Bay agreement this week, renewing PA's commitment to protecting and restoring the Chesapeake Bay.


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