Congressman Fred Keller fights for Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry

August 16, 2019
Press Release
Involvement in Ag Dairy Summit and Ag Progress Days highlights third week of district work period

Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) spent his third week of the district work period learning about, and fighting for, the future of Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry.

On Monday, Congressman Keller joined USDA Sec. Sonny Perdue, Congressman GT Thompson (R-PA), and others in the Ag Dairy Summit where he heard perspectives from, and concerns held by, Pennsylvania’s dairy farmers.

As covered by Farm & Dairy, NPR affiliates across Pennsylvania, and the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, Congressman Keller discussed with dairy farmers, and those responsible for ensuring the Pennsylvania Ag industry remains vibrant, about how the passage of the USMCA—with its elimination of Canada’s Class 7 milk pricing program, along with legislation like The Dairy Pride Act and The Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act, will ensure Pennsylvania’s dairy industry gets support from lawmakers in Washington.

On Wednesday, Congressman Keller attended Penn State’s Ag Progress Days—Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor agricultural exposition—where he spent time at the annual government and industry luncheon and participated in an agriculture roundtable organized by Congressman GT Thompson.

While at Ag Progress Days, Congressman Keller addressed Pennsylvania FFA and Pennsylvania 4-H members, encouraging them in their quest to ensure the next generation of farming in Pennsylvania. He also stressed the need to work in a bipartisan manner to help Pennsylvania’s agricultural industry and farmers, who continue to voice concerns about the state of the agriculture industry.

Also this week:

Congressman Keller was in Bradford County where he toured Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative in Wysox and heard about concerns over rural broadband access and issues faced by rural electric cooperatives across Pennsylvania and throughout the country.

You can find out more about that tour in the Wyalusing Rocket Courier and the Daily Review.

In conjunction with Sen. Pat Toomey, Congressman Keller also this week announced the introduction of “Eric’s Law” in the United States House of Representatives. As the prime sponsor of the legislation in the House—in addition to original co-sponsors Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), Rep. GT Thompson (R-PA), and Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA)—Congressman Keller noted the legislation would allow an option for a review of the penalty phase of a federal death penalty case when a jury fails to come to a unanimous verdict on the death penalty.

You can read more about the legislation in the Times Leader, Citizens Voice, Bradford Era, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Congressman Keller also spent time this week getting updates on the I-99 corridor project, kicking off the Little League World Series at the Grad Slam breakfast in Williamsport, touring local businesses in Lycoming County, and meeting with volunteers and business leaders in Perry County.