Agriculture

Agriculture is the number one industry in Pennsylvania and is the lifeblood of central and northeastern Pennsylvania. With farmers facing seasonal and trade issues, the agriculture industry needs a strong voice in Congress. With the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Pennsylvania farmers stand to benefit significantly by increased agriculture exports. Ongoing trade negotiations between the administration and other countries are also geared toward ensuring our agriculture industry becomes strengthened. In addition, I am proud to co-sponsor legislation like the Diary Pride Act and the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act, which ensure dairy farmers are protected by truth-in-advertising and school students get the healthy and nutritious milk they need.

More on Agriculture

October 16, 2020 In The News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded grants to Innes Hose Company and South Creek Volunteer Fire Department as part of the Community Facility Disaster Grant Program. Innes Hose Co. has received $289,900 and South Creek was awarded $32,600.

The funds will be used to purchase and upgrade firefighting equipment.

Regarding the grant awards, Congressman Fred Keller made the following statement:

September 30, 2020 In The News

All across the country, moms are asking, “Why can’t we have whole milk back in our schools?” The answer is simple. The Obama administration had whole milk removed from all of our schools across the nation. The Trump administration hasn’t done anything regarding placing whole milk back in our schools. The majority of the members of Congress have not been supporting realistic efforts to have whole milk placed in our schools.

One of the real clinchers is the fact that many farm organizations have not been pushing nearly hard enough to place whole milk back in our schools.

September 24, 2020 In The News

BEAVER SPRINGS — After countless hours of planning and preparing, the Beaver Community Fair opened last Sunday without a hitch and has been going strong all week. The fair continues today and wraps up Saturday.

Highlights this evening will include the Youth Livestock Sale and Dairy Products Sale at 6:30 p.m., Farm Stock Tractor Pulls also at 6:30 and live entertainment by The Broken Record Band, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Exhibit and Commercial buildings will be open all day Friday, Truck and tractor pulls start at 6:30 p.m., and Swamp Root takes the stage from 7 to 9 p.m.

September 18, 2020 In The News

TROY — Whole milk availability, COVID-19, government regulations and the future of the agriculture industry took center stage last week during U.S. Representative Fred Keller’s (R-12) visit to Bradford County.

Keller sat down with local agriculture representatives as part of a “listening tour” hosted by AgChoice Farm Credit to facilitate conversation about current issues facing the agriculture industry.

September 16, 2020 In The News

Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pa., hosted an agriculture roundtable with members of AgChoice Farm Credit and local farmers at the Sugar Valley Produce Auction to discuss current issues facing the agriculture industry during COVID-19.

Attendees included: Raechel Sattazahn, AgChoice Knowledge Center Director; Nathan Jarrett, AgChoice Loan Officer; Andy McCarty, AgChoice Crop Insurance Specialist; Charles Ulmer, AgChoice board member; and local farmers Scott Moore, Don Dunkle, and Jacob Dunkle.

September 11, 2020 In The News

LOGANTON — On Wednesday, Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) hosted an agriculture roundtable with members of AgChoice Farm Credit and local farmers at the Sugar Valley Produce Auction to discuss current issues facing the agriculture industry during COVID-19.

Attendees included: Raechel Sattazahn, AgChoice Knowledge Center Director; Nathan Jarrett, AgChoice Loan Officer; Andy McCarty, AgChoice Crop Insurance Specialist; Charles Ulmer, AgChoice board member; and local farmers Scott Moore, Don Dunkle, and Jacob Dunkle.

September 11, 2020 In The News

TROY, Pa. (WETM) – Congressman Fred Keller met local farmers and producers to talk about concerns with the dairy farming industry.

Agriculture often appears to be one of the most difficult industries, frequently leading to some form of market failure.

In the United States, agriculture is the most heavily subsidized industry, yet despite the cost of the subsidy, it fails to address many issues relating to agriculture. The AG Choice Farm Credit hosted a round table talk at the Troy Sales Barn addressing issues dairy farmers are having.

September 11, 2020 In The News

Congressman Fred Keller from Pennsylvania introduced the Giving Increased Variety to Ensure Milk Into the Lives of Kids (GIVE MILK) Act late last month. The legislation aims to increase milk consumption in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children by giving participants over the age of 2 the option of having 2% reduced fat milk and whole milk as part of their diet. If passed, the bill would reverse an Obama administration rule limiting WIC participants to 1% reduced fat or non-fat milk.

September 11, 2020 In The News

In the last few years, whole milk has gotten an undeservedly bad reputation. The Obama Administration removed reduced fat and whole milk options from school cafeterias in 2012, and subsequent changes prohibited recipients of federal nutrition assistance from purchasing milk with higher fat for their families, absent a doctor’s note.

Since coming to Congress, I have worked to change that. The first bills I supported were measures to expand access to dairy products, provide kids with nutritious options and stand up for our farmers.

September 10, 2020 Press Release

LOGANTON – Today, Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) hosted an agriculture roundtable with members of AgChoice Farm Credit and local farmers at the Sugar Valley Produce Auction to discuss current issues facing the agriculture industry during COVID-19.

 

Attendees included: Raechel Sattazahn, AgChoice Knowledge Center Director; Nathan Jarrett, AgChoice Loan Officer; Andy McCarty, AgChoice Crop Insurance Specialist; Charles Ulmer, AgChoice board member; and local farmers Scott Moore, Don Dunkle, and Jacob Dunkle.