Snyder: Fayette County business to benefit from PA Farm Bill package

REPUBLIC, Nov. 26 – Legislation included in the Pennsylvania Farm Bill package will benefit a local community-supported agriculture business in Fayette County, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today.

Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Westmoreland, said that Republic Food Enterprise will receive a $25,000 grant to help purchase a mobile poultry processing trailer.

Her bill, H.B. 1520, created a $500,000 grant program that reimburses federal meat-inspection costs for small or new processors. Small meat processors are identified as existing entities with sales less than $2.5 million and fewer than 10 employees, or new entities planning to be that size. Her measure was part of the $24 million comprehensive investment into the state’s agriculture industry, which was signed into law in July by Gov. Tom Wolf.

“I’m pleased to see one of our local businesses benefit directly from the PA Farm Bill,” Snyder said. “Agriculture is our No. 1 industry, and the ability to support our farmers this way is a huge boon to their efforts, including for the creation of additional job opportunities.

“It’s vital we do all we can to support the men and women who work tirelessly to bring great Pennsylvania grown and produced products to our tables each and every day.” 

Snyder was joined at today’s announcement by Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. A total of 15 projects were funded by the grant program. More information on the grant program can be found here.