Tom Wolf, GovernorRussell Redding, Secretary
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

PDA "Farm" Programs

Programs relating to farms

The board oversees the condemnation of farmlands enrolled in the Agricultural Security Area, or ASA, or other productive farmlands. The Bureau facilitates the ALCAB. [Learn More]

State law enables landowners to enroll productive farmlands at the municipal level as Agricultural Security Areas in exchange for certain benefits. [Learn More]

The Center for Farm Transitions, or CFT, is the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s initiative to help those looking to get started in farming, existing farmers who wish to make changes to their operations and those transitioning their assets to retire, or begin new careers. The CFT exists to maintain farming’s important role in Pennsylvania’s economy. [Learn More]

The Department of Agriculture recognizes Pennsylvania families who have been farming the same land for 100 and 200 years through the Century and Bicentennial Farm Programs [Learn More]

The Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Program calls for surveillance and related actions designed to determine the CWD status of farmed or captive deer or elk herds and/or the monitored status. All premises that have farmed or captive CWD susceptible species of cervids of the genera Cervus, Odocoileus and Alces,regardless of size or type of operation , must participate in either the CWD Herd Certification Program or the CWD Herd Monitored Program. [Learn More]

A program whereby land is assessed according to its use value rather than market value. [Learn More]

The Commercial Manure Hauler and Broker Certification Program certifies persons that commercially haul, land-apply, or broker manure in Pennsylvania to insure that manure generated by agricultural operations is transported and applied in a safe manner. All owners and employees of a commercial manure hauling or brokering business, operating in Pennsylvania must hold a valid certificate issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (Department) in order to provide their services in PA. [Learn More]

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture implemented the Pennsylvania Crop Insurance Assistance Program as part of the $70.6 million Disaster Relief Program, in response to the 1999 drought. The Program continues to help Pennsylvania farmers purchase crop insurance by covering a percentage of policy premiums and the fees associated with policy purchases. [Learn More]

This program is to increase the awareness of the different types of risk and the various tools including crop insurance that can be used to mitigate that risk. [Learn More]

The Dirt and Gravel Road Maintenance Program is designed to expand the lives of roadways through environmentally sound road maintenance practices at the local level. [Learn More]

The Easement Purchase program helps counties purchase agricultural conservation easements to retain Pennsylvania’s vital farmland. [Learn More]

Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Liming Materials Act ensures consumers receive safe/effective liming materials that meet the quality guaranteed by the manufacturer/guarantor. Liming Materials are valued for their ability to neutralize soil acidity and to supply crops with calcium and magnesium. Inspectors conduct routine lime sampling and inspections; respond to consumer complaints; and enforce the laws and regulations that govern the manufacturing and distribution of agricultural liming materials. [Learn More]

The Nutrient Management Certification Program certifies a person as either a commercial, public or individual nutrient management specialists to prepare and/or review nutrient management plans for agricultural operations in compliance with the requirements of the Nutrient Management Program under Act 38 of 2005. All applicants must complete required training,pass an examination and complete certain planning requirements. [Learn More]

The Nutrient Management Program establishes regulation and policy regarding nutrient management planning, plan review and plan approval requirements for Act 38 regulated farms (CAOs and CAFOs) and volunteer farms (VAOs) to protect watersheds in and around Pennsylvania. [Learn More]

The Odor Management Certification Program certifies a person as either a commercial, public or individual odor management specialist to write or review odor management plans for agricultural operations in compliance with the requirements of the Facility Odor Management Program under Act 38 of 2005. All applicants must complete required training,pass an examination,and complete certain planning requirements. [Learn More]

Pennsylvania’s Facility Odor Management Program establishes regulation and policy to facilitate cooperation between concentrated farming operations and neighboring properties in Pennsylvania regarding odors. [Learn More]

The Bureau licenses on-farm producers of denatured ethyl alcohol and regulates the manufacture, use and sale of on-farm-produced denatured ethyl alcohol. A license is required. [Learn More]

The Resource Enhancement and Protection, or REAP, program allows farmers and businesses to earn tax credits in exchange for conservation Best Management Practices, or BMPs, on agricultural operations that will enhance farm production and protect natural resources. [Learn More]

The Seasonal Farm Labor Camp Program is to monitor the conditions for seasonal farm workers by establishing standards for housing sanitation, food facilities, fire protections and safety by requiring permits for the operation and occupancy of seasonal farm labor camps. [Learn More]

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is a state administered-federal program operated by USDA-AMS. The program provides grant funds to support projects that will enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Pennsylvania. Specialty Crops are generally defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and nursery crops (including floriculture). [Learn More]
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