PA Senate passes measures to overcome dairy crisis
HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania state Senate has passed three legislative measures to help combat the dairy crisis.
The Senate passed Senate Bill 819 to allow for agritourism activities such at farm tours, hayrides and corn mazes on farms that are part of the state's farmland preservation program.
"This bill provides consistency for farmers throughout the state while protecting their farmland preservation status as they host these educational and entertaining events," said Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman.
In addition, the Senate passed two resolutions with first urging the Food and Drug Administration to prevent misleading labeling of non-dairy products and a second directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study and issue a report of recommendations for initiatives to assist the state's dairy producers.
“Supporting the agriculture community in Pennsylvania takes action. Helping farmers thrive means our local economies can grow and succeed. Protecting our milk supply also is a matter of national security," said Corman.
The legislative action comes in light of a dairy crisis that has seen dairy farmers face low prices for milk, increasing production costs and a market where supply outweighs demand.