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.” Read more
PA Farm Bureau Thankful for Comment Period Extension on Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Proposal Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) is pleased the deadline has been extended to comment on a recently proposed rule that attempts to expand federal regulation over virtually every acre of farmland across the country under what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers call “waters of the United States.” Read more
President Obama Signs Farmer-Supported Inland Waterways and Port Infrastructure Bill Pennsylvania Farm Bureau says legislation signed by President Obama will infuse much needed investment in America’s inland waterways and port infrastructure system. The U.S. House and Senate overwhelming passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) last month. Read More
EPA and Army Corp of Engineers: Pennsylvania Farm Bureau voiced its opposition to a recently proposed rule jointly issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers that attempts to expand federal regulation of land areas as “waters of the U.S.,” during a hearingbefore the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in Altoona.Read More
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Seeks Increased Protection for Landowners with Gas and Oil Leases Farmers Urge House to Move Quickly on Senate Passed Bills - Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is applauding the state Senate for passing three bills that would provide additional protection for landowners involved in leases with natural gas and oil companies.Read More