Snyder announces passage of bill included in PA Farm Bill package

Measure would help new, small meat processors

 

HARRISBURG, June 18 – Calling it a win/win for farmers and a boost to the state’s agriculture industry, state Rep. Pam Snyder today applauded the passage of her measure, included in the bipartisan PA Farm Bill package, that would help new and small meat processors in Pennsylvania.

 

Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said H.B. 1520 would create a grant program to reimburse federal meat inspection costs for small and new processors and also subsidize the first-time purchase of meat processing equipment needed for federal compliance.

 

“The PA Farm Bill package is the first of its kind in our state’s history to support and invest in one of our state’s top industries and will provide the necessary resources to ensure its strong and vibrant future for years to come,” Snyder said. “This $24 million investment will be used to assist farmers in a number of ways, including business development, disaster response resources, and expanding our state’s very successful PA Preferred program.”

 

The additional bills in the PA Farm Bill package include the creation of a grant program to improve childhood nutrition and the establishment of a state-level specialty crop block grant program to encourage the farming of high-priority crops, such as hemp, hops and hardwoods.

 

House Bill 1520, along with the additional measures contained in the PA Farm Bill package, now heads to state Senate for consideration.