Governor Shapiro has taken concrete steps to supporting Pennsylvania farmers as the agricultural industry and farmers are a key driver in the economy, supporting one in 10 jobs and contributing $132 billion a year to the economy.
Worked with Pennsylvania farmers to mitigate the impact of the avian flu outbreaks and allocated $2.5 million from the Department of Agriculture to farmers impacted by the virus. In August 2023, the Administration announced Pennsylvania reached the critical milestone of HPAI-free status, marking a return to normal international trade conditions for the Commonwealth’s $7.1 billion poultry industry for the first time since April 2022.
Signed the FY2023-24 budget with $31 million to support Pennsylvania poultry farmers impacted by the avian influenza crisis to pay for testing and get reimbursed for losses to their flocks.
Signed the FY2023-24 budget that invested $1 million to create a new, one of the first-of-its kind Organic Center for Excellence to empower and support organic farmers and businesses and signed legislation creating a PA Preferred Organic brand for locally grown organic agricultural products.
Expanded the Farm Vitality Planning Grants’ funding by $200,000 through the Department of Agriculture to help Pennsylvania farms strategically plan to expand, diversify, or transition ownership.