Wolf Signs Farm Bill Package with Pashinski plan to support Pa. farmers who are veterans

HARRISBURG, July 1 – Governor Tom Wolf signed the PA Farm Bill legislative package into law today, including a plan originally introduced by state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, to help Pennsylvania veterans who are farmers.

Amended to include language from Pashinski’s H.B. 1521, Rep. Pam Snyder’s H.B. 1520 was signed by Wolf as part of the historic PA Farm Bill package. Pashinski’s plan will 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 legislation 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 and Governor Wolf for including this language in the historic Pa Farm Bill package, highlighting their support for 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 and passed by the state House and Senate. Once enacted, the Pennsylvania Farm Bill package will invest an additional $19 million into Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry to grow opportunities and resources, remove barriers to entry, and cultivate future generations of leaders within agriculture. For more information about the PA Farm Bill and Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry, visit www.agriculture.pa.gov.