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State Adopts Budget and Restores Some Agriculture Funding

Posted: July 6, 2013

After several years of taking budget cuts, agriculture in Pennsylvania got a dose of good news in the latest state budget.

Gov. Tom Corbett signed a $28.4 billion budget, representing a roughly 2 percent spending increase, which funds areas critical to Pennsylvania agriculture. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will receive sufficient funding to continue its day-to-day operations, without needing to cut staff or programs. Penn State Cooperative Extension and Agriculture Research will receive $46.2 million, which represents a $1.5 million increase in spending. State fairs will receive $3 million in spending and the Farm Show also saw an increase. The Animal Health Commission saw a $1 million boost in funding, receiving a total of $5.3 million to operate the state's veterinary labs.

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Ann Swinker
Penn State University Horse Specialist
aswinker@gmail.com