Jan. 13, 2017

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Farm Show Attracts Thousands

The 101st Farm Show will wrap up Saturday, with hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to have walked through the doors at the Farm Show Complex near Harrisburg. There’s still time to stop by if you haven’t yet visited the largest indoor exposition of its kind along the East Coast.

This week, I visited the Farm Show and had the chance to talk with PA Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding about the Farm Show, how to find or buy products made in PA, the industrial hemp pilot program, and the recent visit of South Korean officials to learn about our poultry industry. You can watch my interview with the secretary by clicking the link above. I am pictured here with Cindy Shaffer of Shaffer Venison Farms in Herndon who is at the Farm Show this week. Back in 2014, I talked to Cindy and Darrel Shaffer about their business and their involvement in the Farm Show. Click here to watch that video

Locally, the 108th District is proud of all of our participants at this year’s Farm Show. Be sure to check out the list of winners on the Farm Show website at farmshow.state.pa.us/page/show.aspx. The site also includes hundreds of photos from the week, categorized by competition, and recipes from the award-winning baking contests. Below is a photo of this year’s butter sculpture.
AS A REMINDER – The 2017 Farmers Breakfast will be held on Friday, Jan. 20, from 9-11 a.m., at the Christ Community United Methodist Church, located at 3939 Park Road in Selinsgrove. Those involved in the agriculture industry throughout the 108th District are invited to attend this event. Call my office at 570-286-5885 or 1-800-924-9060 to RSVP in advance. A group from the church will be catering this breakfast. AgChoice Farm Credit is sponsoring this year’s event. We will have state veterinarian, Dr. David Wolfgang, as the guest speaker. Click here to view the event flyer
LIHEAP Can Help with Home Energy Bills

Residents who are struggling with their home heating bills can apply for assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) this winter. LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing his or her heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.

The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150 percent of the federal poverty level income. For an individual, the income limit is $17,820; for a couple, the limit is $24,030; and for a family of four, it is $36,450. Residents may apply for LIHEAP online or by contacting the County Assistance Office in their county of residence. Click here for details.
Helpful Registry is Well-Received by Thousands of Veterans

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ (DMVA) online Veterans Registry has been a huge success through its first year. The registry, available for veterans, family members and people who work with veterans, is available at www.register.dmva.pa.gov. It has successfully connected thousands of veterans to valuable information related to state benefits, programs and services.

Registrants can choose to have their information shared with their county director for veterans affairs and other relevant Commonwealth of Pennsylvania agencies in order to facilitate local connections that aid in providing service to them. Registrants can also opt-in to receive timely, informative email communication such as the weekly DMVA Digest which includes a wealth of local, state and national news, program updates, community events and employment opportunities that are available specifically for veterans.
Recognizing PA School Directors

A House Resolution is being sponsored to recognize January 2017 as “School Directors Recognition Month” in Pennsylvania. Our public schools educate nearly 2 million students, and each of them has individual stories and different paths they are taking in life. School directors play a special part in our educational system, as they set the foundation for a strong education system. In PA’s 500 public school districts, 4,500 school directors serve our students; all boards have nine members. These elected officials spend countless hours reviewing budgets, approving curriculum and textbook choices, reviewing hiring decisions, adopting policy, and evaluating the academic and operational results of the district. They are neighbors, friends and community leaders who are engaged and doing a necessary job to benefit our kids. Click here if you are interested in learning more about the role of our school directors
January is Radon Action Month

Pennsylvania has high levels of radon in our soils, and you can't tell when the gas comes inside. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking. If you smoke and live in a home with high radon levels, you increase your risk of developing lung cancer. Having your home tested is the only effective way to determine whether you and your family are at risk of high radon exposure. Click here to learn more.
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