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Governor Signs Three Bills Supported by Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Including Bill Increasing Transparency on the Expiration of Gas Well Leases – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) supported legislation requiring gas well operators to be more accountable to surface landowners and gas well leaseholders concerning the termination or expiration of a lease agreement has been signed into law by Governor Corbett, along with two other Farm Bureau supported bills. Read more



Clean Water Act Roundtable - PFB participated in a press conference hosted by Sen. Pat Toomey and Rep. Scott Perry, calling on the EPA and Army Corps to listen
to the thousands of comments they have received and abandon attempts to expand authority under the Clean Water Act. View Press Conference Video

liquid-milkPMMB Decides to Keep the Status Quo with Dairy Price – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) commended the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board (PMMB) for keeping the Class I over-order premium price for milk at $1.60 per hundredweight and to maintain the current fuel adjuster for the six-month period ending March 31, 2015. Read more


Northern Long Eared Bat - Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) warned against adding a common bat species to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) list. Read more


Solar-panels-smAlternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act of 2004 written comments submitted to the Public Utility Commission (PUC) by PA Farm Bureau in response to a proposal to revise the regulatory standards for implementation of the . Read more



The Clean Water Act (CWA), enacted in 1972, limits federal jurisdiction to “navigable” waters of the United States. The U.S. Supreme Court, in 2001 and 2007, reaffirmed those limits. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), through the publication of a new proposed rule, is seeking to expand its authority beyond the limits approved by Congress. Read more why Farm Bureau believes federal CWA authority should be limited to navigable streams and flowing waterways that have continuous flow.


Pension Reform #1 Priority
Pennsylvania farmers are urging the state General Assembly to make pension reform its number one priority when lawmakers return to Harrisburg next month.  Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB), which is the state’s largest farm organization, says lawmakers can’t continue to kick the can on pension reform, especially now that the unfunded liability has reached a staggering $50 billion.

“Higher property taxes are especially troublesome for farmers, who require large amounts
of land as part of doing business.  Most school districts will have no alternative but to raise property taxes to support the school pension system if the legislature fails to act.”
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