Banner AgriculturePennsylvania’s proud agriculture tradition has helped build and strengthen the Commonwealth from its earliest days. As Pennsylvania’s number one industry, agriculture continues to drive our economy. The industry supports over 94,000 farmers and hundreds of thousands of jobs. Senator Casey is committed to helping PA farmers so they can support their families, grow their businesses and create jobs.

As a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Senator Casey fights for Pennsylvania’s hard-working farmers. A thriving agricultural industry creates and supports jobs in every county in Pennsylvania.

Roughly every five years, Congress reauthorizes a package of legislation, collectively called “the Farm Bill,” which governs federal farm and food policy. A strong and fair Farm Bill is crucial to the success of Pennsylvania’s farming families. Senator Casey is committed to passing a Farm Bill that best serves the people of Pennsylvania and supports agriculture, the Commonwealth’s number one industry.

Senator Casey has worked to secure many legislative victories in the 2013 Senate-passed Farm Bill for Pennsylvania’s specialty crops, dairy farmers, conservation and nutrition assistance programs, such as:

  • Dairy: Senator Casey pushed include improvements to the Farm Bill in order to have the best dairy program possible for Pennsylvania farmers. The 2013 Senate-passed Farm Bill includes a new program to protect dairy farmers from low margins, such as those caused by low milk prices and high feed costs.
  • Specialty Crops:  Senator Casey pushed for strong provisions to support specialty crops, which include crops like pumpkins, apples, and mushrooms and are a key source of business for Pennsylvania farmers. At Senator Casey’s urging, the Specialty Crops Research Initiative (SCRI), Specialty Crops Block Grant program and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program remain strong.
  • Conservation and the Chesapeake Bay: Senator Casey fought for provisions to provide important resources to farmers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Following his introduction of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Fairness Act, he secured important improvements in the Farm Bill to ensure that conservation programs better serve the needs of Pennsylvanians.


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