HARRISBURG – Building on his commitment to Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry, Gov. Tom Wolf spoke at the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau State Legislative Conference Wednesday about his PA Farm Bill and Restore Pennsylvania, two funding proposals supporting farmers and their families.
“Pennsylvania proudly hails agriculture as one of its biggest industries, and both the PA Farm Bill and Restore Pennsylvania will help the agriculture industry realize an even greater potential,” said Wolf. “I look forward to working together on this exciting path for our farming future.”
The PA Farm Bill is modeled after Wolf’s six-point plan to cultivate future generations of Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry.
The PA Farm Bill provides for business development and succession planning, creates accommodations for a growing animal agriculture sector, removes regulatory burdens, strengthens the agriculture workforce, protects infrastructure and makes Pennsylvania the nation’s leading organic state.
Restore Pennsylvania, Wolf’s aggressive infrastructure plan, complements the PA Farm Bill by making critical infrastructure investments that will help make rural areas of the commonwealth a frontrunner in the 21st century economy.
Restore Pennsylvania will assist smaller communities tackle costly but necessary infrastructure projects, like bringing high-speed Internet to every home and business, completing flood prevention projects that protect crop and homes, funding best management practices on farms to improve local water quality and improving rural roads and bridges.
Wolf’s proposed Restore Pennsylvania plan would raise $4.5 billion for infrastructure investments through a commonsense severance tax.
It includes an important provision that will protect landowner royalty payments from natural gas companies, ensuring farmers continue to receive their royalties while benefitting from this critical infrastructure program.