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.
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Congressman Fred Keller spoke with constituents on May 21 through a tele-townhall with special guest Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman.
The elected officials covered responses to the COVID-19 pandemic on the federal and state levels, as well as plans to reopen Pennsylvania’s economy.
“During this time, people across Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District have stood up to support one another,” Keller said. “...Most of all, we have seen the robust American spirit that will never be overcome by any adversity, including a global pandemic.”
The trade conflict with China has hit the United States hardwood sector hard and the coronavirus pandemic has made matters that much worse. The Phase I U.S.-China trade deal, inked in January, included potential benefits for United States hardwood lumber exports, but it’s unclear to what extent the domestic industry will benefit from the accord.
Officials from the Pennsylvania natural gas industry and lawmakers met virtually Tuesday for their Think About Energy forum. Both sides shared concerns the coronavirus could negatively impact Pennsylvania’s energy sector, but remain optimistic about the natural gas industry.
Pennsylvania Republican Reps. Glenn Thompson, Fred Keller, and Guy Reschenthaler were among the guests on the panel.
Pennsylvania ranks second in the United States in natural gas production, trailing only Texas, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
As the number of Coronavirus cases rise, the head of an area food bank says some Pennsylvanians will need more help when it comes to getting access to food.
1.7 million Pennsylvanians rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to help feed their families but that number continues to rise during the pandemic.
Ken Regal, executive director of Just Harvest, an organization that helps feed the hungry, has been an activist for hunger and poverty issues for more than 30 years.
The plight of small businesses, re-opening the economy safely, and dairy farming were some of the topics discussed during a Monday evening tele-town hall called by U.S. Congressman Fred Keller, R-12, that largely concentrated on issues surrounding COVID-19.
"It's necessary that we reopen our economy quickly and safely," Keller said in his opening remarks. "These two concepts are not mutually exclusive."
Congressman Keller testifies before House Small Business Committee on effects of the CARES Act
WILKES-BARRE — In light of the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the agriculture industry, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey this week held a call with Pennsylvania agriculture leaders to discuss solutions, challenges and needs for farmers across the Commonwealth.
In the past five weeks, dairy farmers have seen an estimated $5.7 billion loss due to price declines.
The fresh produce industry has experienced $5 billion in losses with additional losses expected in the coming months.