House passes Pashinski bill supporting Pa. farmers who are veterans

The legislation is part of historic PA Farm Bill package

HARRISBURG, June 18 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today passed legislation introduced by state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, to help Pennsylvania veterans who are farmers as part of the historic Pennsylvania Farm Bill package making its way through the legislature.

The bill, H.B. 1521, would help bolster enrollment and promote the Homegrown by Heroes program for Pennsylvania veterans who are giving back to their communities through agriculture after serving their country. The program is an extension of the PA Preferred Program, which labels and promotes Pennsylvania’s exceptional local produce, dairy, agriculture, meats, nursery products and hardwood goods.

“This bill will help raise awareness about the many fine goods offered by the 8% of Pennsylvania farmers who are veterans,” Pashinski said. “I thank my colleagues for passing this bill supporting Pennsylvania’s veterans who have chosen to continue serving us as farmers, ranchers, fishermen and value-added producers.”

PA Preferred is working with the Homegrown by Heroes program by combining the logos to let consumers know they are supporting Pennsylvania farmers who are veterans. This program helps these farmers become more successful by selling their products and goods.

“By purchasing products with these labels, Pennsylvanians are providing tangible support to our commonwealth’s heroes while having confidence in the quality of their purchase,” Pashinski said. “I encourage all Pennsylvanians to support our state farmers by looking for the PA Preferred label whenever they shop – especially those with a Homegrown by Heroes logo. As I always say: Grown in PA. Buy PA. PA Preferred.”

To learn more about Homegrown by Heroes, including how to enroll, please visit www.papreferred.com/Homegrownbyheroes.aspx.

The bill is one of several component bills in the Pennsylvania Farm Bill package unveiled by Gov. Tom Wolf earlier this year. If enacted, the Pennsylvania Farm Bill package would invest more than $24 million in Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry to grow opportunities and resources, remove barriers to entry, and cultivate future generations of leaders within agriculture. Learn more about the package by visiting www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/021319-farm-bill.pdf.